If the iPhone’s fingerprint scanner is such a big deal, why didn’t fingerprint scanners replace passwords on laptops?

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There has been a lot of articles online today about the iPhone 5S and it’s revolutionary fingerprint scanner. Well, I have a fingerprint scanner on my 3 year old laptop, so it doesn’t seem all that revolutionary to me. Why all the excitement over the iPhone 5S being able to scan fingerprints?

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Number6
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Well, users are likely to unlock mobile devices much more frequently than a laptop, and it's great to add a seamless layer of security where users might otherwise be tempted to not use a password at all I think it makes a lot of sense, especially with the growing ubiquity of BYOD. I suspect IT admins will be more pleased with this than a lot of consumers. It might not be truly revolutionary, but I think Apple was quite clever to add the feature.

jimlynch
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I think it's the first one on a mobile phone, so that probably explains some of it. And it seems faster and less of a headache than a passcode. One of my friends has an iPhone 5S and he loves the fingerprint scanner. He wouldn't go to back to a passcode now.

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