Apple’s newly released iOS 8.3 update appears to come with a major bug that has broken Touch ID support for App Store and iTunes purchases.
News of the issue emerged on multiple platforms, with users taking to Apple’s discussion boards and Twitter to vent their frustration about the glitch.
While Touch ID is working when it comes to unlocking screens, users have said that when it comes to buying apps, music, books or movies, they’re not even being asked to use the fingerprint scanner.
Instead, their devices are prompting them to input their numeric passcode.
Apple has yet to respond to the issue and it’s not clear whether it affects further uses of Touch ID, such as Apple Pay.
However, after a disastrous initial launch of iOS 8 last year, which saw the first updates pulled after they caused boot loops in new and old iPhones, the Cupertino company will need to move fast to contain the problem.
That’s especially true with the recent release of big name rival handsets such as HTC’s One M9 and Samsung’s new Galaxy S6, which are likely to benefit from the bad press around Apple's software.
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