Image by Mike Wheatley
During yesterday’s announcements, Apple made it very clear that third parties would not have access to the Apple fingerprint data stored on the CPU. But what about access to the sensor?
I think we might be missing an even bigger event here:
What if the thumbprint could authorize not only iTunes purchases, but purchases of all types, from hundreds of vendors?
Apple gives them access to the sensor, and they have to store and handle their auth data themselves (they can’t store it on the CPU with the Apple proprietary stuff). But the result is the same: people performing sensitive actions using just their thumb.
Some potential examples
- Geo-based small purchases
- *Whatever third party apps require auth