iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor reportedly losing accuracy over time

Apple iPhone 5sThis one may be hard to swallow, but some iPhone 5s owners appear to be experiencing a decay process with their Touch ID fingerprint sensors, in that the scanner forgets to interpret prints accurately.

There are no signs of this problem being widespread, but a consulting engineer named Dr. Drang reveals on his blog that Apples touch ID might be faulty.

Ive been using Touch ID since I got an iPhone 5s in mid-October, Drang writes.

Generally speaking, I like it, and I find it faster than the old swipe-and-passcode method, but Ive felt compelled to reteach it my fingerprints twice already. I know this sounds impossible, but its recognition of my prints seems to decay with time.

iPhone 5s Touch ID sensor reportedly losing accuracy over time

Dr. Drang goes to explain that he rescanned his prints this weekend and Touch ID has been amazingly fast and accurate since then. Just as it was when I first got the 5s, and just as it was a few weeks later when I rescanned my fingers for the first time, he writes.

A single such case isnt enough to raise suspicion that Apple has a problem on its hands. It may well be that this persont iPhone is faulty, or that Dr. Drang himself might be doing something wrong.

But, as John Gruber points out on his blog, the issue seems to be affecting many others.

A respected Apple pundit with solid ties in the IT industry, Gruber says, Drang is not alone Ive had a handful of readers ask me about this recently. Makes me think theres something to it. Me, personally, though, I havent noticed any drop-off in accuracy.

Some users on Apple Support Communities are reporting erratic behavior with their Touch ID sensors, and theres one new thread where a customer also asks about the sensor potentially losing accuracy.

Well be keeping a close eye on that thread to see if it escalates. In the meanwhile, let us know how your experience has been.

Source: Softpedia

Tags: Apple, iPhone, smartphones

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