Apple has baked a new feature into iOS 11 that lets you quickly disable Touch ID.
The feature could come in handy if you’re ever in a situation where someone (a cop) might force you to unlock your device.
iOS 11 comes with a whole host of useful changes and improvements that are designed to make life that little bit easier. We’re discovering new ones all the time that have gone unnoticed in previous betas, and this could be one of the best.
To temporarily disable Touch ID, you simply press the power button quickly five times. This presents you with the “Emergency SOS” option, which you can swipe to call the emergency services. It also prevents your iPhone from being unlocked without the passcode.
Until now, there were other ways to temporarily disable Touch ID, but they weren’t quick and simply. You either had to restart your iPhone, let it sit idle for a few days until Touch ID was temporarily disabled by itself, or scan the wrong finger several times.
The police, or any government agency, cannot force you to hand over your iPhone’s passcode. However, they can force you to unlock your device with your fingerprint. That doesn’t work if your fingerprint scanner has been disabled.
A fingerprint may not be the only biometric security option when iPhone 8 arrives, of course. Apple is expected to introduce iris scanning and facial recognition, which could eventually replace Touch ID entirely.
Via: The Verge