The iPhone 5s has been blessed with perhaps the biggest hardware upgrade we’ve seen since the iPhone 4 replaced the iPhone 3GS back in 2010. But while many of the new implementations like the new processor and camera are certainly impressive, the marquee feature has to be the fingerprint sensor, which, when combined with the Touch ID software, allows a device to be unlocked or purchase to be authenticated with a simple finger tap. But while many iPhone fans are waiting on tenterhooks for the latest and greatest handset to become available, one cat (yes, a cat) has already tried out Touch ID with its paws. As it transpires, the feature, surprisingly, isn’t restricted to humans.
Although Touch ID is very different to older flagship features like Siri, the newness of a fingerprint sensor on a smartphone means users will surely look for ways to manipulate and push its boundaries. TechCrunch has done exactly that by demonstrating that a cat’s paw traces can also be used to gain entry into an iPhone 5s, and although most animals’ paws don’t have the same, cat-like “fingerprints” enabling this procedure to repeat itself, perhaps your little feline friend can make itself useful by unlocking your device from time to time.
Some have decried Touch ID as little more than a gimmick, but while the feature has done a good job of getting people talking about the iPhone 5s – even in the wake of the monumentally popular Grand Theft Auto 5 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 – the first look review videos suggest it’s actually a very tidy little implementation. Of course, the real indication of whether the feature is a hit or a miss will be discovered when the device hits stores tomorrow, and consumers can actually test it out for themselves.
Until then, for all you clock-watchers giddy with excitement like a kid on Christmas Eve, this very short clip will give you a little light entertainment, as well as help you pass a little more time before launch:
Will you be training your own cat to unlock your iPhone 5s? Or would you be scared of what those claws might do to the aluminum chassis? Share your comments below!
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