Apple has added yet another safety feature to the iOS 11. The new setting will allow the iPhone users to call 911 by quickly tapping the power button five times and also disable the TouchID temporarily. However, pressing the power button alone won’t call up the emergency services but it gives an option to do so in the next menu. The best part is that the Touch ID will be temporarily disabled until you enter a passcode.
The new feature that allows you to disable the TouchID is a great touch especially when you are concerned that someone might force you to unlock the phone. Prior to this, the only way to temporarily disable the Touch ID was to restart your iPhone and use a different finger so that the phone simply disable Touch ID temporarily. This method will help users to simply switch off the TouchID by pressing the power button five times and thus make things difficult for the person trying to get forceful entry into the phone.
As we have seen earlier breaking into a phone secured with a fingerprint sensor is not exactly impossible. In a recent case, the Michigan Police 3D-printed a fingerprint in order to gain access to a device. With the new feature in place, those who are trying to break into your iPhone won’t be able to do so easily. Apple is also expected to incorporate facial recognition in its upcoming iPhone 7s and 8. However, the facial recognition can turn into a double edged sword as one could be forced to look into the phone. So yes, an option to temporarily disable facial lock and the Touch ID would be useful. Apple is expected to roll out the iOS 11 to the existing devices and as we all know the public beta is already available.