Touch ID hardware

As new iPhones launch today, Apple has flipped the switch on an iOS 7 0.1 update to fix a minor issue with the iPhone 5s’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor while delivering “bug fixes and improvements”. The maintenance firmware update is exclusive to the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c and users will be prompted to install it upon booting up their brand spanking new device. The software isn’t available for iPhones other than the new ones. I’ve included additional tidbits after the jump..

It’s available both as an over-the-air update via Settings > General > Software Update or through iTunes when connected to a Mac or PC running the newly released iTunes 11.1.

Reviewers noted that iOS 7 on the iPhone 5s would sometimes insist on authorizing iTunes purchases using an Apple ID even after the user’s print was successfully recognized.

Walt Mossberg, the outgoing Wall Street Journal technology columnist (you haven’t heard?), made note of the bug in his iPhone 5s review:

There is one bug in the system: Sometimes, while trying to use a finger to authenticate an online purchase, the phone asks for a password. Apple says it expects to fix this bug very quickly.

As for iOS 7 itself, people have discovered a minor vulnerability that lets attackers bypass a user’s Lock screen using a sequence of touches to gain access to a number of apps that contain personal data like photos, email, text messages and more.

Apple spokesperson Trudy Muller said that Apple is “aware of this issue, and will deliver a fix in a future software update”.

The iOS 7.0.1 update is already out (your download links are right here) so we expect any fix for the Lock screen issue to likely come in iOS 7.0.2 or later. Web logs have suggested that Apple has been testing iOS 7.0.2 and iOS 7.1 for some time so it shouldn’t be too long.

  • Yujin

    That’s was fast!!!! It works on mine without any issues.

  • Kurt

    They need to fix the 4S battery issue. I never had a problem before when batterygate was in the news. But now that I’m on iOS 7 my battery is dropping fast. right now, in 2 minutes it drooped from 92-90%. I’ve been noticing it drop around 4% every ten min. Right now, I have instagram open and skype (not in a phone call just open). That’s it. 🙁 I don’t mind, the lag, I don’t mind the bugs, but this is bad.

    • felixtaf

      Do a backup and try a DFU restore… May be it will fix the issue…

      • Kurt

        Thanks, I’ll give it a shot. I feel bad selling this phone with this problem. Tomorrow I’ll try it out. maybe it will fix it.

      • ConduciveMammal

        Also turn off the Background App Refresh. I hear it destroys battery life. Seemed to work great on my i4

      • Kwame Owusu

        It’s off on my 4S but battery life is still very bad, very very bad

      • ConduciveMammal

        Hmm it’s strange that yours is so bad yet mine’s a year older and it’s pretty decent. My stock iOS 7 battery has about the same life as my heavily-tweaked jailbroken iOS6 had so neither gained nor lost on that front.

      • Kwame Owusu

        I’ve been using mine for over a year without issues until now. Was heavily tweaked and jailbroken too

      • 3aloo1

        Anyone could tell me what is background refresh

      • ConduciveMammal

        It basically means that if you use the Facebook app typically at 8AM and at 6PM, then the phone learns this pattern and will refresh your feed ready for you at those times. I’ve found it to not be too useful though as of yet. Works best with Digg reader.

      • Pablo

        does iOS7 run too slow on i4, I’ve read it does, but what do you think?

      • ConduciveMammal

        It runs pretty well for me. Little bit of lag here and there but nothing substantial. Definitely a worthy update

    • MikeCam

      Remove background app data refresh 🙂

    • Barry

      Disable Motion

      Lower Brightness

      Kill Apps

      Disable Auto-App-Updating

      Disable Stock and/or Weather from updating in the background

      Turn on Airplane Mode

      Disable Mail Push

      Turn off notifications for Apps

      Turn off Diagnostics & Usage, Location-Based iAds, and Popular near me in App Store

      • Kurt

        So in other words, just turn the phone off?

      • Barry

        If nothing else helps. No, just kidding. You should go to the Apple Store and find a solution.

      • Chris Wagers

        Damn might as well say turn off phone and then turn on when u need to call someone lol

    • Cameron Chao

      maybe an option for you is to downgrade back to ios 6?

      • Kurt

        I wonder if it’s still possible. I’m ok with it as I’ll be switching phones soon. But I’ll feel bad to who ever buys this one from me :-s

      • J. Rockwell

        There is no reverting back to ios 6 once ios 7 has been installed:(

      • Cameron Chao

        There was, till a few hours ago. Not sure if Kurt did that.

    • Manu Bulteau

      Power your phone off. Turn it back on only when you need to place a call. Your battery will last for days.

      • Chris Wagers

        Yea sorry I posted that above before I saw yours. Good one.

    • Biken Dangol

      Same thing with my old 4s. It drains battery so fast that I had to recharge my Phone every time but 5 is working like butter in a knife.

    • inzist

      Same issue with my iPhone 5… Unplugged from charger 1 hour ago at 100%, I’m now at 67%. Brightness at 50%, reading articles in safari, no heavy apps in background…
      Does someone have a fix for this?

      • John Kerby

        Yes I do Apple store told me to upgrade to ether iPhone 5c or iPhone 5S

      • Kurt

        That’s terrible. I hope they will fix this ASAP.

    • Samuel Montiel

      Ok this might help. It did on my iPhone 5.
      1. Use your phone until your battery dies.
      2. Then charge it till it’s at 100%!
      My iPhone 5 was stuck on 1% for like 30 mins while I was playing 2013: infected. A very power consuming game. Hope it helps

    • TriguyRN

      Turn off background app refresh

  • John Kerby

    Now from this point on all the iOS updates will not fix any issues for iPhone 5 users that cant upgrade

  • Corey B

    The biggest question of all time!!! people still jailbroken, do we have to update before 7.1 comes out just in case they find a exploit in 7.0 ?? just dont want to miss the loop

    • Jonathan

      It’s hard for them to find an exploit. They most likely wouldn’t correct any exploit until the hackers find them. So, if, no, when, they have a jailbreak for 7.0, update.

  • inzist

    Just look at this… Any help with how I can fix this issue? Only GM that has been like this

    • Jonathan

      I have 2 things in mind.
      1. your next backup is more than, well, 4.962 GB, usually a billion photos in your camera roll.
      2. It’s just acting up. Delete all backups in iCloud and create a new backup. If that doesn’t work, go deeper. Delete it, turn off iCloud backup, reboot, turn it back on, and do a new backup.
      Let me know if it works.

    • Kwame Owusu

      You might have a huge app (mostly games) trying to sync. Delete it, free some space and resync with iTunes.

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  • Nadejda Kokoshkova-Mansour

    Im so dissapointed from thos OS 7 🙁
    Battery is bad,never ever had an issues with any of my phones from 2007 umtill today.I had all versions of the iphone.My battery on the iphone 5 is daying so quick.Then the OS itself is bad.Despred all new stuff which i had whenever i jailbrake the issues are making me feel sad.why on earth apple remove the rject call when device is locked?Why is available only when the device is unlock?Why the icons and dock look like a child KG 2 made them?Even the spell check don’t work as it supposed to?There is big all over the OS.Im so dissapointed and im one if the bigest apple fans…..

    • Samir

      Well the autocorrect is right. It’s a brand new auto correct which is completely better than the one in iOS 6. If you keep using the phone it will get used to how you type and what you type. And it corrects grammar, as if you use two words in a wrong way it’ll fix those two words. To decline a call on the lock screen you press the lock button just like you can in iOS 6.

    • Carl Comstock

      All apps that you’ve opened are running in the background. Tap twice on the home button and all of the ones running become visible. Swipe your finger up on each one and it will disappear…continue until only the app page on your home screen remains. You used to be able to just touch an (x) on each app to make it disappear but not now. (Note: all of the above steps are taken after you click click on the home button. The new screen should show the app below with a page above…just swipe the page up off the screen.) Good Luck!

  • ConduciveMammal

    Why did the 5c get the update if it doesn’t have the Touch ID?

  • galdamita

    And what about iphone 5 battery issue, I downgraded to ios 6.1.4 the battery drain is incredible!!!

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      I’m convinced that despite iOS 7 being released it’s more of a public beta than an actual final product. It’s definitely usable but buggy in places. For now though I have my iPad 3 on iOS 7 and am leaving my 4S on 6.1.3 and it will remain that way until it is put away in a drawer (or handed down to another family member) and replaced by a 5s…

  • @dongiuj

    Expected with apple products these days, problems I mean.

  • mwpitt52

    I purchased the 5s today and cannot believe how great the fingerprint sensor works. Goodbye pass lock!