The TouchID authentication system can be hacked in the same method as the iPhone 5 a year ago.
According to research by Lookout’s Marc Rogers, he had little expectation that the TouchID sensor would be completely secure, but he hoped at least that there would have been some improvements.
However he claimed that there has been little in the way of measurable improvement in the sensor between these two devices, as fake fingerprints created using his previous technique were able to readily fool both devices.
“Furthermore there are no additional settings to help users tighten the security such as the ability to set a timeout for TouchID after which a passcode must be entered,” he said. “In fact, it appears that the biggest change to the sensor is that it seems to be much more sensitive, which is made possible by a higher resolution scanning part.”