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Update could greatly improve iPhone 5s fingerprint scanning accuracy

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Update could greatly improve iPhone 5s fingerprint scanning accuracy
While the Touch ID fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 5s has been an impressive addition to the handset, some users have had issues with accuracy and reliability. The concerns have been growing louder, because it seems the problem has been one that gets worse over time. But, a new rumor says that Apple is readying a fix for Touch ID.

Some users have noted that the accuracy of the Touch ID would "fade" over time. A workaround to the problem would be to simply retrain the system, but the issue has been persistent, so you would end up having to retrain the system with your fingerprint at regular intervals. This is a similar issue to that found on the Motorola ATRIX 4G which used the AuthenTec fingerprint scanner technology before Apple purchased AuthenTec. 

Supposedly, Apple has figured out how to fix the issue and is getting ready to release a software update to address problems. Unfortunately, we don't know when the update will be coming. It is possible that the fix is part of the iOS 7.1 update that is due out within the next month, but that can't be confirmed at this time. 

source: AppleInsider

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posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:25 1

1. Kishin (Posts: 637; Member since: 30 May 2013)


I am still using iPhone5 and 4s..

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:27 1

2. plary122 (Posts: 33; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


I have some issues with touch id. I hope they'll get fixed. Really annoying.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:43 3

20. Sauce (unregistered)


My experience has been flawless so far, minus two reasonable things: oily/dirty fingers. Not a huge problem but yea, 100 times better than Samsungs or HTCs fingerprint scanner.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:13 5

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 12453; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


For me touch id is always 100% accurate. Never an issue.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:53

27. Sauce (unregistered)


Likewise, but when I'm a dirty dirty boy, Touch ID likes to play

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 16:23

30. darkkjedii (Posts: 12453; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Alright Mr. Dirty boy lol

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 17:37 5

33. wilsong17 (Posts: 1076; Member since: 10 Mar 2013)


lol how dumb are you the gs5 its not even out yet so how can you say is not better than the i5

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 18:02

36. nctx77 (Posts: 558; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Umm...who said anything about the S 5?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 18:15 3

37. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


You've tried S5's fingerprint reader already?

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 10:57

40. techaman (unregistered)


how can you say that samsung never had one on a phone until now ans thats not even out

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 16:26

31. Finalflash (Posts: 1881; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Question is, how are they planning on fixing a print fading issue if touch id doesn't store the finger print on the phones internal memory? They said the OS didn't have access to the prints, but it can apparently be accessed a good deal by the OS if software can fix this problem. Oh well as long as they actually fix it and don't just tell you to press it a different way.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 17:42

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 12453; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


I'd love to read your comments on an article about apple recusing a kitten stuck in a tree.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 18:01

35. darkkjedii (Posts: 12453; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Rescuing

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 16:41 1

32. TechFreak (Posts: 15; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)


For me it works like only 50% of the time..
It is really annoying..

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 07:14

39. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1025; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


my friends has a 5s and so far i've had 0/a million attempts of successfully entering so at least we know if it won't let you in it won't let anyone else !

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:38 8

3. Gaurav008 (Posts: 282; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


"Do they even test these things before releasing them?"

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:56 5

7. ecmedic4 (Posts: 202; Member since: 02 May 2013)


Yes they test them, but just like any other company, they can't predict every lil issue that might pop up eventually, that is why software updates are released with any OS your running. Its not like no other OEM has had software feature issues...look at the GS4 when it was released, there were complaints about some of the features on it, with the air gestures and eye tracking. I haven't personally used TouchID as i have an iPhone 5, so i can't make a fair judgement on its reliability. At least they are going to address the known issues that ppl are having.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:09 2

8. Gaurav008 (Posts: 282; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


Thank you, I didn't all of these. /s
I just quoted what Mxy, the troll said in a Moto G article regarding an OTA update to fix the bugs in SMSes.
Besides, this might just a generic hardware or software issue which can easily be fixed with an and moreover some reported bugs in some Iphone's don't reflect all the Iphone's Touch-Id performance. I have seen my friend's 5S, it is quite reliable.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:27 1

11. Scott93274 (Posts: 1312; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Is Mxyzptlk like a celebrity idiot for this site that get's quoted every time an article gets posted that contradicts his views?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 16:21 1

29. Finalflash (Posts: 1881; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


Yes... Yes he is.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:30 2

12. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Lol, flawless execution. 10.0.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:38 3

17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1795; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)


I don't know what else to say, bravo sir.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:41 1

19. AfterShock (Posts: 2905; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


It just works,
That way.

+1For the myx slap.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:41

4. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)


Wait, I thought it worked perfect, like every other feature apple implemented.

/sarcasm

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:54 1

5. plary122 (Posts: 33; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


Perhaps mine one is defective. Actually, that's my second 5s. The first one also had some issues with the scanner, but they replaced it with a new one. There're people on internet who claim that their touch id works flawlessly, but i'm not sure if they lie.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 13:55 1

6. meloth1991 (Posts: 21; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


i have been using my 5s for past 3 months and i have no problems with my touch id except when my fingers r smudgy or wet ...

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:16

9. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 1243; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


these things ruins the pride of your device,glad sony and lg dont have it.its just not the time.sometimes its better being late.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:25

10. HildyJ (Posts: 174; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


I am getting increasingly put off by the total fluff that PhoneArena is putting out. This article might as well have said that Steve Jobs' ghost was going to sprinkle fairy dust on affected phones. It's rumored that there is a problem, that Apple has fixed the problem, and that the fix might be in 7.1 (which is itself a rumor). Nobody is saying what the problem was, what the fix does to correct the problem, or anything else of even minimal substance.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:30

13. Scott93274 (Posts: 1312; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Has anyone ever used the facial recognition for Android to unlock your phone? I personally have not. How accurate is it?

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:32

15. Sauce (unregistered)


I used to use it on my iPhone before Touch ID came out. It was pretty awesome.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:35

16. Scott93274 (Posts: 1312; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


LOL, Thanks but I'm more interested in the Android experience... I'm curious if I should try it out or see if anyone ever had any issues with it. Though I did not know that iPhone had that feature. Cool.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:59

28. plary122 (Posts: 33; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


iPhone doesn't have facial recognition unless you jailbreak it and I used it on my gnex long time ago and it worked great

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 19:07

38. ph00ny (Posts: 606; Member since: 26 May 2011)


It worked great on my Galaxy Nexus except in dark conditions where camera has trouble recognizing the features on my face

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 11:04

41. techaman (unregistered)


i love it except in the dark i think samsung should have had a small led on the front for that as well if people wanted a selfie pic in the dark. on the update it aloud you to take multiple pics to upload the shots so if you had a hat on or sunglass it would use the other parts of the face to recognize you it was ok for the most part.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:31 5

14. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


It's great that they're fixing the issue, but for the record, I never had an issue with decreasing accuracy on the Atrix's fingerprint scanner.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:38

18. Scott93274 (Posts: 1312; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


That's cool, but I'm curious how many people have attempted to access your Atrix. Maybe it unlocks fine for you but maybe it could unlock for others it's not intended to? I have no clue, I'm not trolling, I'm just curious just how secure it is.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:43 3

21. Sniggly (Posts: 7180; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


I had friends try it when I first got it, and it wouldn't let anyone else in. *shrugs* I don't think it ever gave me an issue, and I used the scanner for about a year.

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 14:46 1

22. Scott93274 (Posts: 1312; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Cool, Anything a company can do to make personal devices that much more difficult to steal or gain access to is fine with me.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 14:06

43. buccob (Posts: 1548; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


My old Atrix is also able to read my fingerprints without any issue. Every once in a while I take it and charge it and see if it still works...
The only thing I love absolutely about that phone was the fingerprint scanner

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:16

24. cripton805 (Posts: 980; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


Will they fix the 5s release before the iPhone 6? lol

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:18

26. nick.dillon91 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


YOO SO FUNNEE (-_-)

posted on 28 Feb 2014, 15:17 1

25. nick.dillon91 (Posts: 4; Member since: 23 Oct 2013)


I can say that I have been on the 7.1 Beta for awhile now and have not had any issues with Touch ID. But I had a lot on the old software. I rolled back recently because of the security issue and I really miss 7.1. It was so much smoother and quicker. Also Touch ID works flawlessly too.

posted on 01 Mar 2014, 13:13

42. JunitoNH (Posts: 967; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Not experiencing any problems or crashes yet, since I bought it.

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