iPhone 5S and 5C need first iOS 7 update already

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C come with iOS 7 already installed -- but they're set for their first update as soon as you open the box.

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Apple fans across the globe have barely begun downloading their iOS 7 update -- but the next update, iOS 7.0.1, is reported to be on its way. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C come with iOS 7 already installed, yet are set for their first update as soon as you open the box.

As phone fans fume at error messages and lengthy waits to update their iPhones and iPads, those of you with plans to buy a new iPhone on Friday can afford to be smug in the knowledge you'll have all the coolest new features of iOS 7 straight out of the box. But according to code spotted by reviewers, the new phones need an update too.

Apple's iOS 7.0.1 update appears to be specifically aimed at the new phones, as it addresses a problem with the finger-reading Touch ID system. Touch ID is a fingerprint scanner set into the home button that recognises your loops and whorls to verify purchases in iTunes, saving you from typing in your Apple ID password every five blinkin' minutes.

The update to the update is expected on Friday, when the new metal iPhone 5S and plastic iPhone 5C go on sale in various countries. Many Apple fans have already ordered the 5C, but with no pre-orders available for the 5S, prospective owners have to actually head for an Apple Store or phone shop to bag a 5S on day one. Heck, some hardy souls are already camping out to be first in the queue.

If you're at a loose end as you wait for your download to finish, stop staring at the wall and stare at this lovely video instead:

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Are you planning to pick up a new iPhone? Do you give the fingerprint scanner a thumbs-up or a middle finger? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or keep us updated on our finger-lickin' Facebook wall.