Apple introduced its iOS 11 software update during its WWDC, 2017 conference. The company even began rolling out public and developers’ beta of its latest operating system in June. Thanks to this initiative, Apple fans were able to gain an idea of the kind of interesting features that will come arriving in the final version. A new feature has cropped up, that apparently disables the Touch Id feature on the iPhone temporarily.

Everything users need to know

According to a report published by The Verge, the latest feature was spotted by an unidentified Twitter user. As per what the Twitter user has to say, the feature is currently active in public beta of iOS 11.

It essentially allows users to disable the Touch ID feature by simply pressing the power button over five times. As pointed by TechRadar, this feature essentially activates ‘Emergency SOS,’ that gets connected with all the required emergency dial service on the phone. However, it also automatically locks up the Touch ID feature as well. In other words, if one presses the home button one too many times, the fingerprint scanner won’t be functional for sometime at least. However, users will still be able to access the smartphone, using nothing but their passcode. The feature is only available on iPhones as of now; with other devices such as iPads and MacBooks to follow soon.

For those who don’t know, the Touch ID feature is only functional when the user places his or her finger properly, in order for the system to read the user’s fingerprint accurately.

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This security feature is available on most of the Apple devices, including iPhone, iPad and MacBook. It is among the fastest ways in the technology world to access one’s device. Apple is however, expected to replace this security feature with a face scanner in its upcoming iPhone 8.

Price, specs and features

The company might pack the device with a 3D front and rear facial recognition system, which will give access to the owners of the device. There were also rumors that claimed that the smartphone might come with an iris scanning ability. Apple is expected to launch its iPhone 8 in September, and the device maybe priced at roughly $1,000 – making it as expensive as the MacBook Pro laptop. The smartphone is also expected to come along with a dual rear camera setup, a bezel-less display and a glass body. Apple will also be introducing iPhone 7S and 7S Plus with iPhone 8 this year. Stay tuned for more news and updates on technology.