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Apple sherlocks the competition, yet again.

Apple sherlocks the competition, yet again.

Today, Apple unveiled not one, but two new iPhone 5 models, the 5c with its colorful backing and lower price, and the flagship iPhone 5s, with amazing technology like a fingerprint sensor and motion-sensing co-processor.

It’s all very exciting, of course, unless you happen to be one of makers of technology that is now rendered obsolete, or at least severely relegated to a niche market.

Here’s a quick look at several things that Apple has leapfrogged with its new announcements.

Home Security

Credit: eBay

Credit: eBay

Door locks and other home security devices typically require a passcode, whether you enter it on a keypad like above or on a connected iOS device. With the new Touch ID, your door locks will know if its you, and no one can guess your fingerprint.

Corporate Security

Credit: Official PSDs

Credit: Official PSDs

ID Badges will be a thing of the past. Anyone can steal your ID pass, and it’s pretty easy to counterfeit one these days. With Touch ID, your iPhone will be your badge, and your fingerprint your password.

Fitness Technology

Credit: PC Mag

Credit: PC Mag

Wearable tech, like the Jawbone Up or the Fitbit, won’t be so special anymore. With a full-on co-processor like the M7, your iPhone will be able to measure your physical state much more easily and comprehensibly than any little bit of plastic you wear on your arm.

XTreme Video Cameras

Credit: DIY Drones

Credit: DIY Drones

While our very own Buster Heine might disagree, putting a high end camera that can do 720p HD video at 120 frames per second fairly restricts the market for mountable cameras like the GoPro. With a quick mounting case that’s bound to cost less than a whole other device like the GoPro, your iPhone 5s becomes your always-on-hand high resolution extreme video camera.

Money, Money, Money

Credit: TechCrunch

Credit: TechCrunch

If you think Apple will only replace pass-codes for its iTunes App Store, you’re thinking too small. Imagine a day where you can walk into any retail outlet, and pay with your fingerprint. Yes, that day is soon.

  • Christopher Columbus

    Are you fu*king retarded? The security world already has fingerprint scanners implemented into doors, safes, laptops, and anything else you could imagine that would need security. For over a decade now it’s been available. Apple didn’t leapfrog anyone. This article makes me want to vomit because of how fanboyish it is.

    Apple PURCHASED another company that specialized in fingerprint scanning. You know what that means, right? (Clearly not) It means they have been doing this prior to their dealings with Apple. Apple simply shelled out money and had the actual innovator give them their idea & technology and put it into the iPhone. Apple did not come up with the idea or create it.

    Most importantly, fingerprint scanners are easily fooled and I will bet you any amount of money we will see people who aren’t fanboy apologists making videos of this being done. Even with simple tools like SCOTCH TAPE and a fu*king gummy bear. It’s no more foolproof than a passcode lock and in fact is probably easier to crack by simply lifting a print off the home button of someone’s phone. Also it requires software to render the hardware functionality, so someone could just put it in DFU mode and restore the phone…done.

  • apostlePD

    First of all Christopher Columbus, you have no idea what you’re talking about. If you didn’t notice that the fingerprint sensor is activated by a capacitive touch sensor, meaning that the thing that is holding the fingerprint must be able to conduct electricity. so a basic piece of scotch tape and a gummy bear would hardly work. it would have to be much more advanced in order to create the necessary conductivity, like a silicon imprint or other substance-type replica of the fingerprint that could activate the scan in the first place. the fact is that AuthenTec was a pathetic company that put junky-buggy-useless fingerprint sensors into laptops that barely ever worked. I know, I have used several. It only unlocked the laptop….maybe one out of ten or twenty swipes…maybe. That’s probably too generous. Apple purchased them for their patents more than likely, not their junky technology. Apple completely redesigned the scanners and made them to where they will actually work. That is what they do. They make products that work. So you’re ramblings are uneducated and sort of angry-like you have some bone to pick with a company that makes you feel threatened or insecure. What is it that Apple ever did to you except make your Android phone look obsolete? Just kidding. Have a great day!

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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