Review: The Power of TouchID in a Padlock

Apple may be moving to facial recognition, but I still like Touch ID. And if you like fingerprint identification, and wish more devices in your life supported it, check out the Tapplock One ($99). I saw it at CES and had the opportunity to test it out. 

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The first thing you notice is how heavy duty, and heavy, the padlock is. It's not cheap, but the company periodically has sales and offers volume discounts. You can also unlock it via Bluetooth and Morse Code, so friends and family members could use it even without registering their fingerprints, although each lock can support up to 500 fingerprints. The battery should last one year and it recharges in two hours using Tapplock's own proprietary cable. I've seen other locks that use a 9-volt battery as a backup power source, so that would have been nice in an emergency.

Pros

  • Fingerprint reader for a padlock
  • Heavy duty and water resistant
  • Free companion app
  • Volume discounts
  • Bluetooth and Morse Code unlocking options

Cons

  • Proprietary charging cable
  • Heavy

Final Verdict

The Tapplock One delivers the power of Touch ID in a padlock form.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.