You’ll be able to test iPhone 5s’ Touch ID feature with a Demo app at Apple Retail Stores


Touch ID fingerprint sensor is one of the major new features of iPhone 5s.

So when the iPhone 5s goes on sale later this week, there is going to be a lot of eager customers who would probably want to find out how well the feature works before they buy it.

Since it is not going to be possible to go through the actual setup and authentication process with every customer, Apple will be pre-installing the demo units with an app that will allow customers to test the feature. 9to5Mac has got the scoop on how it will work:

To test Touch ID, a customer can launch the demo app. In this app, a customer can setup the device to recognize a single fingerprint. When the setup process is complete, the application will direct the user to place that fingerprint on the Touch ID sensor on the Home button. The application will then show that the Home button successfully read the fingerprint. Then, the app will tell the user to place a different finger on the Home button. The app will then show a red fingerprint outline to note that the authentication was not successful.

While the Touch ID demos in Apple Stores will not show-off the Touch ID’s true functionality (with unlocking the phone and downloading content), but it does effectively get the point across about how fingerprints are either accepted or rejected. It also teaches customers about the setup process that will be found on purchased iPhone 5s devices. The application will be reset for each new customer to be able to try out the Touch ID setup process.

The report also notes that the Touch ID feature will be able to support up to five distinct fingerprints.

According to people who got a chance to use iPhone 5s and the Touch ID feature, it takes less than a minute to set it up, and the feature works flawlessly. While responding to security concerns about the fingerprint sensor, Apple did mention one drawback of the new fingerprint sensor. Though it performed reliably in testing under normal circumstances, it didn’t do so well when users fingers were sweaty or oily.

9to5Mac has also got their hands on the training guide that Apple is using to train its retail staff about the new iPhones.


Do you plan to test the feature before buying iPhone 5s? Or you’re confident that it will just work?

[Via 9to5Mac]