IOS 11 has a 'cop button' to quickly disable Touch ID

IOS 11 has a 'cop button' to quickly disable Touch ID

In fact, while Touch ID might be more convenient than a PIN code or password, there are cases when it could be less resilient from legal compulsion to unlock your device. This is liable to set off a Twitter rage from President Trump, who blasted Apple past year for not allowing law enforcement to unlock the Apple iPhone 5c belonging to a terrorist who murdered fellow employees during a company party in San Bernardino, California.

The new OS will bring a redesigned control centre, the brand new Apple Files directory, peer-to-peer Apple Pay payments, improved Siri and a Do Not Disturb while driving mode. One of those things happens to be an absolutely incredible privacy feature that lets you automatically disable Touch ID in just a few seconds, securing your device and preventing anyone (including law enforcement) from forcing you to access your iPhone by using your fingerprint.

Now police can force you to use your fingerprint to unlock the phone but they can't force you to use your password - something that has been proven by law to be protected.

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This process is especially useful in an emergency situation where you need to unlock the phone and call 911.

iOS has long required the passcode for unlocking a device after a reboot. An easy way to disable Touch ID definitely fits with that theme, and it'll be interesting to see how (or if) law enforcement agencies react. Courts have ruled that fingerprint unlocks can be compelled (forced), but have been more friendly to the idea that your passcode can't be compelled. Twitter users discovered the new option in the iOS 11 public beta, and The Verge has verified it works as intended.

The new feature is activated by pressing the lock button five times in a row.

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