4 Great things about IPHONE X Face Scanner
Convenience is perhaps the stickiest sticking point of all: Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint reader is already able to quickly and easily unlock the phone. But the iPhone X strips away Touch ID and leaves you completely reliant on Face ID. Apple thinks you won’t miss scanning your finger one bit. Apple’s new method for unlocking the iPhone X, called Face ID, certainly raised some eyebrows. Is it secure? Is it necessary? And is really going to be as convenient as unlocking the phone with your fingerprint? Could it even be better? I worry that Face ID won’t be as accurate, speedy or dependable as Touch ID. I worry that with just a passcode PIN as your backup, any time Face ID fails is a time you’re punching in that PIN.
Of course, we’ll give Face ID a fair shake when the iPhone X comes out it might convince us that face scanning is the best unlocking measure since, well, since Touch ID. And when we do finally go eye-to-eye with Face ID, here are the four things that’ll convince us Apple made the right choice.
Face ID will have to be fast and accurate – Iris scanning is almost instantaneous when it works the first time, but even if Face ID is just as fast to unlock, I’m betting that the whole unless process isn’t. After all, with a fingerprint reader, you’re just pressing down on a device that’s already in your hand. On top of that, the second generation of Touch ID on the iPhone 6S and above is so fast, you hardly know it’s there. Face ID will have its work cut out for it.
Face ID’s accessibility features must work well – Face ID needs your eyeballs looking at the array. So what about blind people, and those wearing sunglasses and eyepatches? Apple’s thought of this. Face ID will work with some sunglasses, depending on the material. You can also disable the requirement that the iPhone X needs to see your attentive eyeballs, in the accessibility options. Will disabling Face ID make the iPhone X more susceptible to break-ins? We don’t know, but it’s a necessary concession for Apple to make.
Face ID must be quick to trigger and easy on the arms – If you usually keep your iPhone next to you on a table or desk, you already know how quickly you can unlock it with your thumb, even when it’s flat on its back. And with a quick thumb-press as you’re sweeping it out of your pocket or purse, it’ll be ready to go by the time you’re ready to read the screen. Iris scanning takes longer, at least on the other phones I’ve tested. Unless you’re leaning over the target, you’ll need to lift the phone up to your face and bring it back down again before you’re ready to go.
Apple Pay will have to be seamless – Using mobile payments gets a whole lot less convenient when you have to fuss with setting up the app. Face ID will only win over Touch ID fans if Apple Pay is just as quick and easy to use as it is on an iPhone 7 or iPhone 8. If it takes too long, if it isn’t reliably accurate, or if you wind up having to enter your backup PIN again and again, using your credit card might wind up being faster.
Face ID certainly seems just as secure, if not more so, than Touch ID. As for the speed and convenience, until we can test for ourselves, we just have to hope. Couldn’t Apple have given buyers more options by putting Touch ID on the back like so many Android phones? And that’s one of Face ID’s other challenges: getting home button die-hards to love the new feature that exists at the expense of another. The only cure for that is time.
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