Of all the tools in the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID fingerprint sensor seems to be the one having the most issues just months after the device's debut. The fix for this situation is not available in an ordinary iPhone repair kit, but may require servicing from a cellphone repair shop. While the tool was considered to be a game changer in the mobile market, it's now becoming more frustrating for users, including those that are relying on the iPhone's security to protect personal and business information.
Touch ID seemed to be a win-all for consumers and workers alike as they could safely access their resources and have a code (their fingerprint) that no one else would be able to match. This would also help streamline purchases and make it easier to unlock the phone, but with the issues that users are reporting, the sensor turns into just another button. According to Business Insider, the Touch ID is having more difficulties recognizing when a finger is present and has rejected prints that were registered by the user. This type of inaccessibility is becoming exceedingly stressful for iPhone owners and is becoming more prominent. The issues could stem from the fact that the silicon sensor is sensitive to moisture and dust along with the reality that the sensor is small and may not be able to capture an accurate image. User errors like oily or dry hands could also make it more difficult for the sensor to read the print.
Creating a better touch system
Because nearly everything is done by touch on an iPhone, it makes sense to have a Touch ID capability. However, with all of its issues, it could become more of a hindrance for mobile owners. CNN noted that during the fingerprint enrollment process, by rolling the finger around, users can better capture the various traits associated with their unique print. This will give the sensor more information to pull from and improve the algorithm's reaction.
“Apple's Touch ID algorithm is designed to learn and improve over time – with each scan, it checks if it is a better reading than what is stored, and can update the master data for your print this way,” according to the news source. “This algorithm could certainly be changed or improved through iOS updates, as well.”
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