The New spyPhone 5 from Apple: I’ll Pass

11 Sep


The “S” in iPhone 5S stands for “Spy.”  This is a complete #iPhoneFail.  Apple may have made a big mistake with its latest iPhone (spyPhone) offerings.  (Yeah, that’s original with me–  the Apple “spyPhone” 5S).


In a day of NSA snooping and data collection of all people’s phone metadata, I’m not so sure the average American will want their ACTUAL fingerprint stored permanently and associated with a particular device, along with everyone they talk to, so that the government (and Apple) can exploit that information to its own ends. 


The phone company and government will be able to– and no doubt take advantage of the ability to– triangulate that information to know what you are doing (through fingerprinting good enough to stand up in court) and where you are (through GPS location services) literally around the clock.  

Think about that.

This fact may give even the most devoted Apple Fan Boys pause.  As soon as a person (like YOU) applies their own fingerprint to that device, the government and Apple will have more predictive powers over your behaviors than have ever been granted by any such agreement you’ve ever clicked.  The company and government will quickly collect enough data that it knows you better than you know yourself.  I’m not so sure that’s a good idea.  Just seeing these photos makes me feel like I’m at a police precinct being fingerprinted. 


I want to generate conversation around this issue– so I’m going to keep it short.  Your imagination, thinking through these issues I’ve raised, is better than my commentary. 

Thanks Apple, but I’ll pass. 

What thoughts does the new spyPhone 5S raise in your mind?  What do you think?


2 Responses to “The New spyPhone 5 from Apple: I’ll Pass”

  1. vjmcjMaria Johnson September 12, 2013 at 5:04 am #

    I have never liked any iPhone and do not intend to own one. Until reading your article I had not fully considered the depth of tracking that can be done with our fingerprints linked to GPS devices. This same logic would also apply to laptops such as HP with the SimplePass fingerprint recognition would it not? I agree that spying of any sort should not be allowed. I will not knowingly agree to any spying of me or anyone I know. Thank you for your insight and raising questions that we need to be aware of.


    • freddycardoza September 12, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Yes– you’ve got it. It’s this bad (potentially) and worse. It can be stored permanently and could triangulate to be used in all types of things, some good but mostly not– and at the coat of virtually all privacy. Great comment.


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