Apple Is Busy at Work Fixing Touch ID Bugs

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On Tuesday, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) released iOS 7.1.1, the latest update to its iPhone and iPad operating system. It’s not a huge update with lots of flashy features, but it squashes a number of bugs and improves the Touch ID functionality on the iPhone 5s. But if you don’t have an iPhone 5s, you still get improved responsiveness to the touchscreen keyboard and fixes to issues that occasionally popped up when a Bluetooth keyboard was connected to the device.

The Touch ID sensor, which is built into the home button on the iPhone 5s, can read your fingerprint to unlock your phone, letting you forego typing in your PIN every time you want to text a friend or check your Twitter (NYSE:TWTR) feed. This feature is a pretty big deal to Apple for a number of reasons we’ll get into below, so it’s no surprise it has focused on perfecting it with the last two updates.

Since the release of the iPhone 5s last year, Apple had received many complaints that the Touch ID’s responsiveness seemed to erode over time. A number of articles popped up to help users address the problem, but this fix from Apple — assuming it works properly — should solve the issue once and for all.

Apple will need its Touch ID software running smoothly if the rumors are true (which they very likely are) that Touch ID will come to the new models of the iPad and iPad mini this year. If the fix works as well as it should, it will also help cement Apple’s lead over rival Samsung (SSNLF.PK) when it comes to fingerprint scanning. According to the reviews, the fingerprint scanning feature in Samsung’s recently released Galaxy S5 isn’t very reliable.

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