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Surprise! Apple’s latest iOS release breaks a key feature

Apple iOS 8.3 Touch ID

It’s gotten to a point where I’m a bit hesitant to download new iOS updates as they come in. Inevitably, new iOS updates have a penchant for crippling some form of basic functionality for large swaths of people. What follows next is a seemingly long wait for the next iterative iOS update to hopefully fix whatever was messed up previously.

After falling victim to this frustrating cycle too many times, I’ve decided to take a “wait and see” approach. And so, with iOS 8.3 having been released yesterday, I opted to sit on the sidelines and see how it was received before deciding to press the download button. As it turns out, some iPhone and iPad users who upgraded to iOS 8.3 are already experiencing problems with their device’s Touch ID as it pertains to App Store purchases.

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MacRumors reports:

Following the release of iOS 8.3 for iPhone and iPad on Wednesday, many users have turned to the Apple Support Communities, Reddit and MacRumors discussion forums about Touch ID not working in the App Store on the latest software version. The issue affects multiple iPhone and iPad models, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Air 2, although the bug does not appear to affect all users.

While this isn’t the most serious of problems, it’s frustrating in the sense that Apple released a number of iOS 8.3 betas but still couldn’t quite get all of the bugs out.

That said, iOS users should be happy to know that iOS 9 will reportedly focus on stability and “under the hood” performance issues rather than the introduction of hundreds of new software features.

Yoni Heisler has been writing about Apple and the tech industry at large for over 15 years. A life long Mac user and Apple expert, his writing has appeared in Edible Apple, Network World, MacLife, Macworld UK, and TUAW. When not analyzing the latest happenings with Apple, Yoni enjoys catching Improv shows in Chicago, playing soccer, and cultivating new TV show addictions.