February 28, 2014
Apple is prepping an iOS update designed to improve the fingerprint recognition experience of Touch ID on the iPhone 5s. The update is likely to address some early adopter issues for the fingerprint recognition feature, according to AppleInsider. One issue Apple hopes to resolve with the update is being billed the “AuthenTec Fade.” Numerous users have reported experiencing this issue a few months after first configuring one’s print. As AppleInsider explains:
Multiple users affected by the "AuthenTec Fade" problem have noted that reconfiguring their prints seems to return the system to its initial performance, but after several weeks the so-called "fade" creeps back.The AuthenTec Fade is named after the company Apple acquired in 2012 to bring fingerprint recognition to iOS. Since the iPhone 5s first launched last fall, Cupertino has been working closely with the original AuthenTec team to improve the Touch ID experience. Those improvements will be on full display in the update. AppleInsider’s source could not confirm whether this update will arrive with iOS 7.1, or on a future update. Apple is likely to release iOS 7.1 in mid-March. See also: Apple Details Touch ID, 'Secure Enclave' In Updated Online Security Document, and Apple Has 1.67 Billion Reasons To Introduce A Touch ID Mobile Payment System.