Touch ID not working after scratched home button

liberated

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This video showed the touch ID rendered unusable after the home button was scratched. The sapphire crystal is strong but just be careful with your home button folks

 

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I was thinking of the same thing, keys, etc... In a purse or pocket. Didn't look like much force was used at all on the knife blade test. Some keys are sharp little buggers.
 

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I was thinking of the same thing, keys, etc... In a purse or pocket. Didn't look like much force was used at all on the knife blade test. Some keys are sharp little buggers.
You are right, if there is a way to scratch it, people will scratch it!
 

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WHAT!?!?! Now he's ruined his Touch ID for a video. I should tune in to see if he takes it to the Apple Store and gets a replacement.

I wondered if a scratch would ruin the Touch ID, now I know it can.

Since I got the iPhone 5s I wanted to put a protector on the screen and home button. SGP has a plain clear home button protector with their full body armor. I used it before. I might have to get it again just to see if this would get in the way of the Touch ID working.

Thanks for sharing the video. Now we all know to be careful.
 

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WHAT!?!?! Now he's ruined his Touch ID for a video. I should tune in to see if he takes it to the Apple Store and gets a replacement.

I wondered if a scratch would ruin the Touch ID, now I know it can.

Since I got the iPhone 5s I wanted to put a protector on the screen and home button. SGP has a plain clear home button protector with their full body armor. I used it before. I might have to get it again just to see if this would get in the way of the Touch ID working.

Thanks for sharing the video. Now we all know to be careful.
You're welcome :) the sensor works over a ziplock bag for me so a clear shield protector should work as well.
 

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Putting your iPhone in a pocket full of metallic objects shows a lack of common sense.
I agree, but people do this anyway. I've seen people with naked iPhones throw them in their purse. I've seen ladies dig and dig for their ringing iPhones and I can hear the clanging and scraping of items on what I hoped was not the iPhone and then, "Oh here it is! Hello..." WHY!?!?

I don't do this. Never have, never will, but in saying that, my iPhone 3Gs back in the day got scratched because of the zipper on my Goose Jacket. That really pissed me off too because I was and always am careful with my iPhones. So that scratch, which was on my home button, caused me to make a home button cover myself out of a screen protector. Then finally they started offering them and I always bought and used them along with my screen protector and body armor.

Now with this iPhone 5s I wasn't sure if a clear plain home button protector would get in the way of the Touch ID. Now since @liberated has told me it works, I'm all in.
 

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This is a horrible video.

  1. He only shows it working once, and after he scratches it with the knife, he could easily be purposefully fudging the scan
  2. His reactions are way over-the-top (WOW ARE YOU KIDDING ME THAT'S REALLY WEIRD IT WAS LITERALLY JUST WORKING BEFORE I SCRATCHED IT WITH A FREAKING KNIFE)
  3. He never shows close-up pics of how much the button was *actually* scratched after each step
  4. I knew for sure it was all for show when he said, "If it doesn't work already, LET'S KEEP DOING IT!" As if his point wasn't already made. I'm surprised he didn't go full Marcellus with a pair of pliers and a blow torch.

The regular front glass is amazingly resistant to scratches, and the sapphire crystal will be even moreso. I really wouldn't freak out due to one youtube view whore. That being said, by all means, protect your phone.
 
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This is a horrible video.

  1. He only shows it working once, and after he scratches it with the knife, he could easily be purposefully fudging the scan
  2. His reactions are way over-the-top (WOW ARE YOU KIDDING ME THAT'S REALLY WEIRD IT WAS LITERALLY JUST WORKING BEFORE I SCRATCHED IT WITH A FREAKING KNIFE)
  3. He never shows close-up pics of how much the button was *actually* scratched after each step
  4. I knew for sure it was all for show when he said, "If it doesn't work already, LET'S KEEP DOING IT!" As if his point wasn't already made. I'm surprised he didn't go full Marcellus with a pair of pliers and a blow torch.

The regular front glass is amazingly resistant to scratches, and the sapphire crystal will be even moreso. I really wouldn't freak out due to one youtube view whore. That being said, by all means, protect your phone.
Ok then go and test it on your phone and report back, in the mean time I'll be protecting mine, better be safe than sorry :D
 

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This is a horrible video.

  1. He only shows it working once, and after he scratches it with the knife, he could easily be purposefully fudging the scan
  2. His reactions are a little over-the-top
  3. He never shows close-up pics of how much the button was *actually* scratched after each step
  4. I knew for sure it was all for show when he said, "If it doesn't work already, LET'S KEEP DOING IT!" As if his point wasn't already made. I'm surprised he didn't go full tarantino with a pair of pliers and a blow torch.

The regular front glass is amazingly resistant to scratches, and the sapphire crystal will be even moreso. I really wouldn't freak out due to one youtube view whore.
@acosmichippo

That is an interesting breakdown of the video. Some of these things I noticed as well.

I still think, regardless of the video, that scratches could happen. I just want to keep my iPhone 5s looking pretty for as long as I can. Resale value is important.
 

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This is a horrible video.

  1. He only shows it working once, and after he scratches it with the knife, he could easily be purposefully fudging the scan
  2. His reactions are way over-the-top (WOW ARE YOU KIDDING ME THAT'S REALLY WEIRD IT WAS LITERALLY JUST WORKING BEFORE I SCRATCHED IT WITH A FREAKING KNIFE)
  3. He never shows close-up pics of how much the button was *actually* scratched after each step
  4. I knew for sure it was all for show when he said, "If it doesn't work already, LET'S KEEP DOING IT!" As if his point wasn't already made. I'm surprised he didn't go full Marcellus with a pair of pliers and a blow torch.

The regular front glass is amazingly resistant to scratches, and the sapphire crystal will be even moreso. I really wouldn't freak out due to one youtube view whore. That being said, by all means, protect your phone.
Agreed. It was the worst iPhone destruction video I've ever seen. He really should have started it with one small scratch and gradually worked up to as much as it took to make it stop working. The "wait, are you kidding me?!" reactions were too dramatic and scratching it more after it stopped working was pointless. Hard to say if it's real or not, but it's was poorly done either way.
 

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Those are some nasty looking electronics, yuck! In my case a phone must be strong enough to last roughly a year (Apple's iPhone update schedule) :)