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

Dora Pope
August 19, 2017

The new feature of iOS 11, known as the COP button has arrived amidst a lot of controversy over the law forcing the smartphone users to unlock the phones through the fingerprint sensors.

iOS 11 will be able to disable the Touch ID sensor temporarily when users make an emergency call on their iPhone. The best part is that the Touch ID will be temporarily disabled until you enter a passcode.

This feature is being rolled out in the public beta update which was started by the company in June. Although Apple didn't give the permission on the grounds of privacy, the Federal Bureau of Investigation later claimed it had successfully breached the iPhone lock screen and entered the device. In Virginia, a court judge ruled that cops can force people to give up their fingerprint to unlock their device, but not a passcode. But what happens next year when iOS 12 rolls around and Apple cooks up a range of hot new features aimed specifically at the iPhone 8?

Apple's iOS 11 is still now in beta, and it is expected to come with new features and major improvements compared to iOS 10. "A monumental leap for iPad". You can also press the lock button five times to open the SOS/Medical ID/Shutdown slider page, which also performs the same Touch ID lockdown. In Britain police can not force suspects to use their fingerprint... After enabling the feature, the phone will require a passcode to unlock.

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With the upcoming "Face ID" in iPhone 8, you can see how the same behavior defends against unconscious unlocks with face biometrics too.

Law enforcement across the world may not be too thrilled about this new functionality.

While Androids users are anxiously awaiting the final name, and launch, of Android 8.0 "O", iOS users are also looking forward to iOS 11, set to launch this quarter. It's being called a "cop button", after cases where MI police 3D-printed a fingerprint to get access to a locked iPhone, The Verge notes.

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