iOS 7.1.1 brings zippier, more accurate Touch ID

iOS 7.1.1 brings zippier, more accurate Touch ID
Notice a change in the speed and accuracy of Touch ID on the Apple iPhone 5s, after the update to iOS 7.1.1.? That is because Apple has allegedly changed the scanning process in the new iOS build, that recognizes the person who belongs to each fingerprint faster than before. With iOS 7.1.1, Touch ID takes multiple scans of your fingerprint in each position, instead of just a single scan. It then uses algorithms to predict problems with the scans that could take place in the future.

Originally, Touch ID was supposed to improve its accuracy every time you scanned a particular finger. But that was not true if your initial set-up was a bad one. If the first scan you took had problems, your scans would not gradually improve, unless you set-up your finger again from scratch.

With iOS 7.1.1, a poor set-up the first time you scan your finger, won't lead to constantly poor readings. In addition, the update improves accuracy using Touch ID. The update to iOS 7.1.1. also lowers the number of calculations required by the Apple iPhone 5s, before it unlocks the phone. Bottom line? A faster and more accurate fingerprint scanner on the device.


And code found in iOS 7.1.1, reveals that Touch ID is coming to the Apple iPad Air 2 and/or the next iteration of the Apple iPad mini with Retina display. The faster and more accurate the fingerprint reader works, the less "gimmicky" and more use useful the feature appears to be.

source: DailyMobile

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22 Comments

1. papss unregistered

Maybe they can share this software update with SS for the finger scanner on the S5... I kid I kid

11. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

My S5 unlocks in less than a second...dot.

17. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

So is mine, register prints at different angles is the key.

21. papss unregistered

Yes but you have to hold the phone a certain way to get it to work everytime.. I've seen countless videos and articles regarding this. The iPhone finger scanner is much easier to use from what I've seen.

2. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

I know it's fast I just touch it and I m home screen in sec.

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

0.00000000001 sec

4. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Wait, isn't it supposed to "just work"?

6. Sauce unregistered

HA HA! No need to grab your phone with one hand and slide your other hands index finger straight and perfectly down center numerous times until it gets a match. Seems like SSomeone failed in this department. No for real though, it's already incredibly fast without the update. My phone is already unlocked right as I'm taking it out of my pocket. Now with this update, it'll be even faster and better :D So to your comment: OF COURSE it works :) A lot better than any other biometric unlocker out there atm =)

10. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

It required an update to work properly! Samsung on its 2nd update will make this work just swiping it the first time.

12. Sauce unregistered

Been working properly for me and many many others since launch :) I sure hope so. I really want them to perfect their biometrics like Apple has before I upgrade my Note to the next Note or GS6.

13. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

It has worked flawlessly for me too. Hey, my buddie says that sometimes when you unlock the S5 it won't work the second time, like it won't even ask for it. It just then shows the lockscreen

18. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

And who said you have to use two hands, just one hand and pretty much same speed and accuracy of the 5S, try it before commenting rubbish. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PR_ZkjVAV3Y https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL_5nQAAaQE

5. iphoneman37

Posts: 52; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

It is much faster than it was.

7. Sauce unregistered

Hopefully SS fixes their Fingercrap Scrap and puts a better iteration on the next Note, because I'm looking to upgrade my Note 2 when the next one comes out. The whole fingerprint thing isn't a gimmick at all. I'm loving it every day on my iPhone 5s. I can give you at least 15 things I can do using the fingerprint scanner on my 5s, besides unlocking my phone and purchasing apps on the App Store.

8. papss unregistered

You have my curiosity now... What types of things can you use with the finger scanner?

15. Sauce unregistered

Here ya go sir: 1) Deleting Apps, Downloading Apps, Locking & Unlocking Applications 2) SMS Send Confirmation (prevents friends from texting on my phone) 3) Specific Contact Lock (to prevent someone from calling your boss, etc) 4) Using Touch ID as an actual Touch Pad for gestures 5) Photo Deletion 6) Using Touch ID as a bridge for all your passwords (Gmail, Facebook, _ etc. Never type a password again) 7) Using Touch ID to specify which user is about to access an app (Myself, or my room mate, or guest) 8) Using Touch ID as a virtual home button (saves wear n' tear on the _ physical button. 9) File / text encryption & decryption 10) Access to certain settings in the Settings pane 11) Sending texts to certain contacts (drunk texting your mom isn't good lol. When "Drunk Mode" setting is enabled, Touch ID is disabled within SMS and Phone app. Sending texts/calls to certain contacts would require a fingerprint, which would be inaccessible 12) Unlocking Macbook using Touch ID 13) Using Touch ID to help you catch THIEVES >=| -When Touch ID is entered incorrectly x amount of times, (or your numeric password), iPhone frontal camera takes a picture and location coordinates and sends them to your email 14) Using Touch ID for Safari Reader Mode (when touching the Touch ID, your page scrolls as you read.) -There are literally hundreds of commands you can do using Touch ID and Activator (Think Tasker for Android) Turns out I came one short. BUT, if I include the basic features (unlocking phone and using Touch ID to purchase apps on App Store), that makes it 15 I guess hehe. There are more than a handful of other tweaks coming in the near future implementing Touch ID to its full extent. Devs are constantly being innovative in ways that Touch ID can be used.

16. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Impressive! Turns out that it's not a gimmick as many haters said.

20. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Thanks Sauce, #2, 3, 4 and 6 are actually useful features. Those things earned my respect for iphone 5s.

22. papss unregistered

Interesting.. I never thought of doing those with the scanner.. Thanks for taking the time.

19. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Try it before bashing it, it works flawlessly and as fast as the one on the 5S SMH! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL_5nQAAaQE

9. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

now if only apple can put the finger scanner in the screen itself and get rid of the home button

14. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

Sounds like a great idea but I don't think I'm comfortable with losing the home button, at least not yet

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