With nearly a third of the nation’s robberies involving smart phones, the iPhone 5S, with its fingerprint sensor couldn't come any sooner. Whether this innovative feature measures up to all its hype is still uncertain. Yet if it meets most consumer expectations, the iPhone 5S could possibly deter a significant segment of violent crimes.
In San Francisco, the percentage of cell phone thefts versus all robberies is even higher, so says San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, who recently told CBS San Francisco two out of every three robberies in the city involve a mobile device.
As reviews of the iPhone 5S continue to appear online, some sources such as the Wall Street Journal and CNET are already reporting issues when a user finger isn’t free from sweat, creams or other lotions. Yet most users should know Apple’s new Touch ID system is a sensitive feature located directly on the home button and realize their fingers should be clean, given the iPhone 5S or any other mobile device using touch screen technology.
With 360-degree readability, the Touch ID sensor is designed to quickly bring up the home screen by using a user’s fingerprint, what Apple Senior Vice President Dan Riccio says “it’s always with you and no two are exactly alike”. He goes on to describe the amazing technology built into the sensor, using a sapphire crystal button using an “advanced capacitor touch” to create a high resolution image of a fingerprint and stored on the iPhone 5S’ new A7 chip.
As amazing as this new technology appears to be, some other media sources like The Huffington Post and San Francisco Weekly are suggesting thieves might resort to drastic measures like cutting off a victim’s finger. How likely this will be as consumers flock to purchase the new iPhone 5S is anyone’s guess but simpler measures can be taken to avoid a violent struggle, particularly in San Francisco.
When smart phone users are out in public, many are oblivious to what's happening around them. One of the most typical instances of theft occurs on San Francisco Muni buses, with two thieves working together to distract a user, then snag the pricey gadget away, then jump off at a bus stop as the read exit opens. And when the new iPhone 5S arrives in stores and homes, a thief wouldn't be able to distinguish the new phone versus a older iPhone because they look virtually identical except for the new gold color option.
Furthermore, thieves might instantly recognize an iPhone 5C due to its bright colored frame, informing them that device doesn’t have the fingerprint sensor. Still, iPhone users still can erase their sensitive information and locate their device by using Apple’s Find My iPhone. But truthfully, the best way to avoid having a cell phone stolen is to be a little more cautious with public use or maybe more infrequently.
Aside from all of the outstanding new features of the iPhone 5S, there are some other things to consider. The screen size is smaller than it biggest competitor, the Galaxy S4, resolution is weaker, as is camera megapixel quality. Lastly, the Touch ID sensor will not work with third party applications.
So is the iPhone 5S with its faster A7 processor, image stabilization and enhanced lighting on its camera and fingerprint sensor worth the investment? As long as Apple doesn't pull the carpet off its customers by unveiling the iPhone 6 early next year. And if the new iOS 7 has a better map app.