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#1 Hum

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:27

The shine is already wearing off of Apple’s new Touch ID technology for some iPhone 5s owners. Apple unveiled its latest flagship iPhone this past September and along with it, a new embedded fingerprint scanner brought about by the company’s 2012 acquisition of mobile security firm AuthenTec for $356 million. Dubbed Touch ID, the new technology places a sapphire glass-covered fingerprint scanner in the home button of Apple’s iPhone 5s and allows users to unlock the device or authenticate App Store purchases with just the touch of a finger. The new tech is among a few main selling points for the iPhone 5s, but a new report suggests some users are already having trouble with it after less than three months on the market.

“Dr. Drang,” who is described by 5by5 as “a consulting engineer well known amongst nerds on the Internet,” recently wrote on his blog And now it’s all this that he’s having some issues with Touch ID on his iPhone.

“I’ve been using Touch ID since I got an iPhone 5s in mid-October,” Drang wrote. “Generally speaking, I like it, and I find it faster than the old swipe-and-passcode method, but I’ve 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.”

The good doctor continued, “I rescanned my fingers this weekend, and Touch ID has been amazingly fast and accurate since then.

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#2 primexx

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:32

This wasn't a problem with AuthenTec's readers



#3 Brian M.

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 09:48

My 5s has been fine :s

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 16:18

No issues here either, and I've use it dozens of times a day since it was first released.



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Posted 07 December 2013 - 23:29

They're sensing it wrong.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:29

They're sensing it wrong.

 

No no no no no no...

 

They're fingering it wrong! :p



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 08:31

No no no no no no...

 

They'e fingering it wrong! :p

 

Oh god.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 09:22

Some say adding the same finger multiple times (right thumb for example) helps with readability.



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Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:06

Mine fails like 33% of the time.  Then I have to enter my code.  Restarting the phone fixes it so it seems like a software issue.



#10 Torolol

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Posted 08 December 2013 - 10:19

the touch future Microsoft want a dive into

#11 Growled

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Posted 10 December 2013 - 04:27

Mine fails like 33% of the time.  Then I have to enter my code.  Restarting the phone fixes it so it seems like a software issue.

 

They'll probably be an update in time that will fix that.



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 00:15

You're fingering it wrong!



#13 Growled

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 00:20

You're fingering it wrong!

 

Can you show us the right way to finger it? :p



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Posted 12 December 2013 - 00:22

Can you show us the right way to finger it? :p

 

First you have to spit on your iPhone, make sure it's nice and wet. Then while watching the phones reaction, gently press your finger onto the base of the phone.



#15 Growled

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Posted 12 December 2013 - 00:26

First you have to spit on your iPhone, make sure it's nice and wet. Then while watching the phones reaction, gently press your finger onto the base of the phone.

 

What kind of reaction should I look for? :D





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