Apple calls its fingerprint sensor “Touch ID.” Its function is actually quite limited as of now: you can use your fingerprint to unlock your phone instead of typing a passcode, or you can use it to buy apps in the App Store. In the future we hope that this function is opened to third-party developers because it holds a lot of promise.

Setup is super easy and takes less than a minute. Once the device recognizes and stores your Touch ID, the 5S is able to read your print very, very quickly. You’re also able to add multiple prints in case you want your spouse or other person to be able to access your phone.




Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He’s been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He’s so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a “new electronics” scent. They didn’t.

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