Thumbs Up? Touch ID Stores 50 Fingerprints

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If you want to store two classrooms of third graders’ fingerprints on one iPhone 5s, then we’ve got the bug for you.

YouTuber Tom Rich found this interesting feature with Touch ID on the new iPhone 5s. So he did what any other good videographer would and made a video of it.

Thumbs Up? Touch ID Stores 50 Fingerprints

The iPhone 5s allows for up to ten stored fingerprints in the Touch ID system, which are ostensibly set for each of one individual’s set of fingers. Five fingers on each of two hands gets ten fingerprint slots, right?

It seems, though, that you can get up to five fingers worth of fingerprints in each fingerprint slot on the iPhone 5s, according to Rich. That’s a lot of prints, a lot of hands, and a ton of fingers.

We’d imagine this would be fairly helpful if you needed to share an iPhone 5s with your van full of children, too. “Hey, daddy, put in your passcode so I can play my game on this long car ride” becomes a thing of the past. Just hand the device to your kiddo, and they can touch the Home button and launch whatever they want. Or not, now that I think of it.

In any case, this bug may be a function of how the Touch ID system stores fingerprints, but it’s silly to think Apple meant for this to happen. They’d much rather have you buy a separate iPhone 5s for each member of the family, not stick all their fingerprints onto one.

  • ctt1wbw

    Not sure why this is a big deal. It has to store your fingerprint to know that it’s your fingerprint. If it didn’t store a fingerprint, how would it know if it’s your fingerprint? A wild guess?

  • ImAndrewSmith

    Why are people always turning the screen on to show the Touch ID? You don’t need to. It works with the phone locked/screen off. Do people not know this?

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