One of the most interesting features that was introduced in the iPhone 5S was the fingerprint scanning technology. It seems as it can be used to do a handful of things that includes; unlocking your iPhone and to authenticate purchases made from iTunes. If you are a developer who is feeling excited that you can now use the technology in your applications, think again. Apple said that the developers will not get access to Touch ID sensor.
Apple Senior Vice President Phil Schiller confirmed that the developers will not get access to the new Touch ID sensor for authentication in their apps. However, he didn’t confirm whether the feature will be access will be available in the future or not. When it comes to other uses of the fingerprint scanning technology, Apple CEO Tim Cook said, “You can probably imagine a lot of [other] uses.”
Until any further notice, the Touch ID code is off-limits for developers. The company says that they don’t even store the fingerprints on their servers, so the developers can just wait and hope that Apple releases the source code for the scanner in future.
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