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In the duration of my writing career, I've written about iPhone 8 so many times that I feel as if I already own one. Of course, I don't. No one does, the damn thing is taking a millennium—AKA a thousand frickin' years—to hit shelves. It's all good though because this projected new feature speaks to my skittish, paranoid soul on a DEEP level.
According to Slash Gear—
"Apple is working on turning its biometric sensor into a secret panic button, with Touch ID potentially being used to send out a cry for help if you’re getting mugged."
I'm just going to go ahead and say that despite my grievances with Apple, they've turned out to be the vigilante hero I never knew I needed. Chances of me actually having to use a panic button? Eh, pretty slim, but the fact it's there is enough to satiate the anxiety. It's like carrying Xanax and never taking it (yes, that's possible). To that effect, my largest concern is that people will use it for situations that don't necessarily constitute "panic." You know, like their Instagram feed loading too slowly.
Slash Gear continued—
"As Apple’s patent, filed in March 2013, explains it, the system relies on the touch processing module the company uses to read the whorls of a finger. On the one hand, 'the module may acquire fingerprint data from the user’s input and analyze the data to determine if the input was entered with a particular finger or finger sequence.' That, for instance, might mean that using the forefinger of your left hand could trigger something different to using the same finger on your right hand. However, 'the module may also acquire timing data' Apple continues, checking to see if 'a particular timing or cadence' is used. Tapping your fingertip three times in a row, perhaps, might be recognized as a panic alert trigger."
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