“The fingerprint reader on Apple Inc’s top-end iPhone 5S received an early thumbs up for ease of use from two influential reviewers, helping dispel concerns about the scanning technology which has been notoriously unreliable in other cellphones,” Edwin Chan and Sakthi Prasad report for Reuters.

“Apple’s scanner is seen as a first step toward realizing the full potential for biometrics in personal electronics, heightening security for applications like banking and shopping while doing away with multiple passwords,” Chan and Prasad report. “‘The best part is that it actually works – every single time, in my tests,’ wrote reviewer David Pogue of the New York Times. ‘It’s nothing like the balky, infuriating fingerprint-reader efforts of earlier cellphones. It’s genuinely awesome; the haters can go jump off a pier.’”

Chan and Prasad report, “The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg was also enthusiastic, calling it simple and reliable… Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and fellow South Korean electronics manufacturer LG Electronics Inc have had problems incorporating the technology into finished products.”

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