The original iPhone was revolutionary because it took a number of sophisticated technologies and packaged them together in a way that enabled virtually everybody to easily use them. The iPhone wasn't the first smartphone, or the first touchscreen device, or the first personal media player- but it was the first device that brought those things mainstream in a way that appealed to regular people.
The iPhone 5s isn't the first device to use biometric security- but it's the first one to bring the concept of biometric security to tens of millions of people in a meaningful way.
The iPhone's Touch ID fingerprint scanner is incredibly reliable and easy to use. More than being something that's designed to provide a new level of security, it's a way to make basic security as easy as a finger press. And with basic security now that easy, we're on the cusp of entering a world in which virtually everybody has a secure way to digitally authenticate themselves with a device they have with them all the time.
Touch ID is more than just a way to unlock your iPhone with your fingerprint. It's a way to prove your identity digitally, and that capability is the key enabler for bringing things like digital wallets and payments truly mainstream.
It'll take a few years for this transformation to really take hold, but make no mistake: just like the original iPhone ushered in the era of pervasive mobile computing, the iPhone 5s is leading the way to the era of pervasive digital ID.
The following articles provide some interesting insight and detail on the iPhone 5s and security. Take a spin through them and let us know what you think. Enjoy!
Forbes: Touch ID On The iPhone 5s Is About Better Security Through Convenience
InformationWeek: iPhone 5s Fingerprint Scanner: 9 Security Facts
New York Times: The iPhone 5s’s Fingerprint Scanner Was Hacked, but I’m Not Worried
Tom's Guide: How Secure Is the New iPhone's Fingerprint Security?