Apple is reportedly working on an iPhone 5s update to improve the device’s Touch ID fingerprint recognition, potentially fixing a “fading” issue that some users are reporting.
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.
AppleInsider’s sources say Apple has continued to work with the original AuthenTec team to improve the recognition software, and will release an update relatively soon. It has not been confirmed if the update will ship as a part of iOS 7.1, which is expected to debut sometime in March.
While the Touch ID system is easy to initially setup and use, some users have complained of a “fading” problem where the device fails to recognize the user’s fingerprints a few months later.
Some users report that reconfiguring their prints seems to remedy the situation for a time, but after several weeks, the “fade” returns.