Apple reportedly working on iOS update to improve Touch ID

By , Feb 28, 2014

Touch ID success

As cool as the fingerprint reader is on the iPhone 5s, it’s not perfect. We have, on several occasions, complained about the accuracy of Touch ID seemingly ‘fading’ over time, and a number of 5s owners have turned out to Apple’s support forums to voice their disdain as well.

Luckily, it sounds like there may be light at the end of the tunnel. AppleInsider is reporting this morning that the Cupertino company is currently preparing a software update that will improve the fingerprint recognition experience of Touch ID, and possibly fix the ‘fade’ issue…

AppleInsider reports:

“A source familiar with Apple’s development plans said the company is well aware of early adopter issues that many iPhone 5s users are experiencing with Touch ID, the fingerprint recognition feature introduced last year after acquiring AuthenTec in 2012. 

After launching iPhone 5s last fall, Apple has continued to work with the original AuthenTec team to improve its recognition software and will release an update relatively soon, the source confidently reported.”

Unfortunately, ‘relatively soon’ is the only time frame the site was given for the update. So we don’t know if Apple plans to include the Touch ID improvements in iOS 7.1—which is expected to land next month—or if they will be wrapped up in a separate iOS 7.0.x or 7.1.x release.

Issues regarding Touch ID surfaced shortly after the iPhone 5s was released last fall, with some users reporting an increasing number of failed scan attempts shortly after programming in their fingerprints. Many have found temporary relief by rescanning the troubled fingerprint.

Apple has yet to comment on the Touch ID complaints, but it’s had its been rather busy responding to other issues. Last week it posted an update with a patch for a dangerous SSL bug, and earlier this year it promised users that it was working on a fix for random crashing in iOS 7.

To learn more about how Touch ID works, click here.

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  • Antzboogie

    NSA=Fingerprint Sensor.FACT.

    • RarestName

      And what’s your source?

      • Maxim∑

        He can’t find one because he is just creating drama

      • Antzboogie

        I tried to send you the source to Eric Snowden’s Wiki page and Disqus said awaiting authorization lmao.

      • RarestName

        Wikipedia as a source? No. Just no.

      • Eric Legrand

        No mention of any revelation related to fingerprint on Snowden’s Wikipedia page… It looks like you are just trying to troll.

      • Antzboogie

        Wow that’s an ignorant statement I’m just stating the obvious he saying that we getting spied on it doesn’t matter what form. Troll? Lol your a funny character

    • Yash Gorana

      How much did samsung pay you. If they did….was the pay good?

      • Antzboogie

        I Love Apple just dont like how she tells on me sometimes lol.

    • Tobias9413

      If you have a drivers license, the government already has your fingerprint. FACT.

      • Matthew Cleveland

        I was going to comment the same thing. Thank you.

    • felixtaf

      Paranoia at its best!

  • David Gitman

    Yay. Can’t wait. It happened to me like 5 times it said try again.

    • Kuzz2354

      A simple trick is to save the same finger print more than just once. That would solve yr problem.

      • Kevin Osborne

        I needed to do that with my right thumb only. The rest seem accurate. I think some of it has to do with the size of your finger, and I have big hands. My regular fingers are the size of most people’s thumbs, so my thumbs are huge and sometimes it didn’t pick up. I programmed my thumb twice, once focusing more on the right side of the thumb, once on the left, and now it works 99% of the time.

      • David Gitman

        can sweat damage the touch id?

      • Did da

        I don’t think sweat can damage touch ID sensor. Call apple and ask them David. Good luck

  • Framboogle

    I have a launch day 5s and it still works flawlessly for me. I guess I’m just lucky.

    • Rowan09

      Me too. If my hands are dirty it doesn’t work though as I would assume.

      • Marcus

        When I get out of the shower and my fingers are like soft and weird it doesn’t work. Even after I dry them off I have to wait a little bit until they go back to normal.

      • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

        why not set up a new finger print for when you get out of the shower?

      • Marcus

        That’s actually a brilliant idea. I’ll do that now, thanks!

      • http://facebook.com/kurtlewisart Kurt

        Great, hope it works!

  • Jason Baroni

    Yes, Apple. Improve it so Samsung can copy the upgrade on the next Galaxy.

  • sam445

    Jeff where are you no post for long time??

  • diggitydang

    I had a launch day 5s that was horrendous… try again maybe once every 4 times… I lost that phone and got another 5s recently and this one is FAR better. Guess it depends on your luck of the draw…

  • Kamal Ahmad

    Might be added in iOS 7.0.7 or in iOS 7.1 Beta 6 or iOS 7.1 (GM/Final)

  • Matt

    It works flawlessly for me as well until I eat Doritos!

  • Jack Wong

    Already disabled this function after 2nd week.

  • Daniel Huang

    I find that I only use my thumbs to unlock my iPhone and so I have scanned in my right thumb three times and left twice. Doing this means that I no longer get any issues with scanning on TouchID (baring the occasional wet finger etc). This has worked for my friends and family who had issues with the recognition. Hopefully it will help others.

  • blastingbigairs

    One feature I turned off on my 5s, it only worked 1 out of 5 times for me. Ain’t nobody got time for that!