Your Cheat Sheet to Walt Mossberg’s iPhone 5S Review
Walt Mossberg was one of the lucky few able to get his hands on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iPhone 5S before it hits stores Friday morning, and he offered an in-depth review of the device Wednesday via The Wall Street Journal. Overall, Mossberg has good things to say about Apple’s new flagship phone, and though he cites a few disappointments, his review effectively provokes excitement for what the Cupertino, California-based company is poised to offer at this week’s end.
Finger on the Pulse
Mossberg starts out by first recognizing what he believes has the potential to be the iPhone 5S’s game-changing hardware feature: its reliable fingerprint sensor, or Touch ID. He explains that the Touch ID not only allows the user to unlock his device without typing in a passcode, but it also authorizes purchases from Apple’s App, iTunes, and e-book stores.
The sensor is conveniently built into the iPhone’s Home button and only requires a brief training session for each finger a user wishes to use. Once everything is set, future detection processes only take one or two seconds, and after running many tests, Mossberg concludes that the Touch ID never failed him, and also never granted access to the many other people he asked to try to unlock his phone. Once a finger’s scan fails three times, users are given the chance to type in their passcode instead, and then if that fails five times, it requires a passcode.
Mossberg is conclusively satisfied with how the Touch ID tests ran, and although he notes that there is a bug in the system when the phone asks for a password upon making an online purchase, Apple has already promised to fix that issue quickly.