The procedure in the video requires several steps and equipment that may not be available to the average thief, such as graphite coating and tracing paper.
But Starbug wasn't impressed by Touch ID's advertised security, he says, and found the hacking process fairly simple.
"I was very disappointed, as I hoped to hack on it for a week or two," he told Ars Technica. There was no challenge at all; the attack was very straightforward and trivial."
"It's very easy," he added. "You basically can do it at home with inexpensive office equipment like an image scanner, a laser printer, and a kit for etching PCBs [Printed Circuit Boards]. And it will only take you a couple of hours. The techniques are actually several years old and are readily available on the Internet."