Law enforcement authorities have been at odds with the legal system and mobile companies when it comes to gaining access to citizens’ phones.
One of the more notable instances was the FBI’s attempt to get Apple to unlock the San Bernardino suspect’s iPhone, but there have been other similar incidents as well. And situations can get extra tricky when it comes to fingerprint unlocking, especially for those entering the US of late. However, with iOS 11, Apple is giving users an option to easily disable Touch ID, which could be very useful for those in sticky legal situations where they might be compelled to unlock their phone with their fingerprint.
The new OS, currently in beta, has a feature that lets you quickly dial 911 in an emergency — just push the power button five times in a row and the option to call for help pops up. But the feature also temporarily disables Touch ID until you enter your passcode. Some people are calling it a “cop button.” And with face unlocking expected to arrive on the next iPhone, this feature could become extra useful.