One of the features of the iPhone 5s would be its Touch ID sensor. This allows users to unlock their phone and make purchases in the iTunes App Store simply by scanning their fingerprint. However if one were to jailbreak their phone, they could use Touch ID for other purposes.
In the past we have seen how Touch ID on a jailbroken iPhone would allow for it to be used as Home button, and now thanks to a recent jailbreak tweak by the name of Asphaleia, you will be able to use Touch ID to help lock/unlock specific apps.
Basically if you’d rather not have people messing around with your phone’s settings, combing through your photos, messages, emails, calendars, and so on, you will be able to add those apps to the list of apps protected by Apple’s Touch ID. What this means is that if an unathorized user were to try and open those apps, they will be prompted for a fingerprint scan.
There are apps out there that already provide an additional layer of security, such as apps related to personal finance, like banking apps, but by adding an additional layer of security that only you would have, it could help prevent a lot of headache down the line, especially if you’re trying to keep out people who might already know your passwords, like friends or family.
However this is a jailbreak tweak meaning that you’d have to jailbreak your iPhone 5s in order to use it. The tweak is priced at $2 and is available from Cydia. In a way Asphaleia’s features are pretty interesting and could be a good idea for Apple to implement into future phones and updates, where fingerprints can be used as more than just a way to unlock a phone. What do you guys think?