Last year Apple introduced Face ID to the iPhone X. They also ditched Touch ID in the process, and for those who still prefer Touch ID, it seems that there is some bad news because according to reports, there is now mounting evidence that Apple could …More...
With the iPhone X, Apple has truly gone all in by taking away a key and signature feature on iPhones ever since the iPhone 5s: Touch ID. Whether or not they made the right call still remains to be seen, but unfortunately it seems that some early tests of the iPhone X and Face ID don’t seem particularly positive.
According to a recent report from Tom’s Guide, it was discovered that using Face ID is noticeably slower compared to using Touch ID. Mark Spoonauer of Tom’s Guide tested out the feature using a stopwatch and discovered at the start that it took about 1.8 seconds to fully unlock the iPhone X using Face ID after pressing the side button. This is versus Touch ID which took 0.91 seconds.
However the good news is that this time can be shaved down further by enabling the Raise to Wake feature and also by swiping up on the screen as you bring your phone to you. However even then it seems that with these changes made, the time still took about 1.48 seconds versus just using Touch ID.
While the difference is less than a second, it does add up, especially if you unlock your phone multiple times a day. That and the fact that users do not have Touch ID as a backup security measure means that users have to choose to rely on Face ID or a passcode as their options. That being said your mileage could vary, and who knows, it is possible that perhaps Apple could improve upon the algorithm in future software updates, but for now it’s something to take into consideration if you’re thinking about buying the iPhone X.
Prior to the iPhone X being announced, there was one consistent rumor and that is Apple would be getting rid of the home button once and for all. This led to many wondering about how Touch ID would work: would it be moved to the back like what we’ve seen with some Android phones, or would it be embedded into the display?
The latter possibility was one of the more popular rumors floating around, but safe to say that Apple surprised many by eliminating Touch ID completely and replacing it with Face ID. As it turns out, this was pretty much Apple’s plan from the start, or at least that’s according to Dan Riccio, the SVP of Hardware Engineering at Apple who recently spoke to TechCrunch in an interview.
Riccio addressed the rumors that persisted in 2016 through 2017 regarding an embedded fingerprint sensor, in which he reiterated a claim from a report last month which claimed that Face ID replacing Touch ID was not a last minute option, “When we hit early line of sight on getting Face ID to be [as] good as it was, we knew that if we could be successful we could enable the product that we wanted to go off and do.”
He adds, “So we spent no time looking at fingerprints on the back or through the glass or on the side, because if we did those things — which would be a last-minute change — they would be a distraction relative to enabling the more important thing that we were trying to achieve — which was Face ID done in a high-quality way.”
It hasn’t been that long since the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were launched and already we’re hearing rumors about Apple’s 2018 iPhones. It’s now being claimed that the iPhone 8 successor is not going to have a Home button. That also means Touch ID will not be present on next year’s iPhones. This could pave the way for Face ID to land on handsets other than the iPhone X.
Apple ditched the Home button for the iPhone X and replaced it with a facial recognition system called Face ID. However, reports suggest that the company’s suppliers are having issues with producing components required for this feature.
That’s one of the reasons why the iPhone X is expected to be limited in supply at launch and possibly well into 2018 if the issues persist. If Apple is planning a similar move for the 2018 iPhones, it would only do so if suppliers are capable of keeping up with the demand.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is the one predicting that the 2018 iPhones will not feature a Home button and will thus not have Touch ID. Kuo has a good track record when it comes to predicting Apple’s hardware changes, but it’s too soon to be sure at this point in time.
Apple’s new iPhones won’t be due until the fall next year so we’re definitely going to hear a lot of rumors about them before they’re officially unveiled.More...
Compared to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, the iPhone X’s release has been “delayed” to November. Of course it could have been Apple’s plan all along, but there have been various reports suggesting a number of reasons as to why the iPhone X might be launching in November, with some citing production problems as one of the reasons.
However according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal (via BGR), one of the reasons why the iPhone X was delayed to November was because Apple was trying to include Touch ID on the phone until the very last minute. The report claims that Apple really wanted to embed Touch ID into the iPhone X’s display and that they could not get it to work in time which could have contributed to the iPhone X’s production being delayed, hence the release in November.
The report reads, “Apple initially hoped to equip the iPhone X with the Touch ID function, which allows users to open the phone by scanning their fingerprint. But incorporating the scanner into the new OLED display proved problematic, and Apple eventually scrapped the scanner on the new phones. The episode contributed to iPhone X sales being pushed back til November, people familiar with the matter said.”
This is interesting because an earlier report suggested that Apple had dropped their plans for Touch ID a while ago, and that the company early on decided that Face ID was the way to go. Of course we can’t say that with 100% certainty, but Apple’s decision to forgo Touch ID on the iPhone X was somewhat controversial, but we guess we’ll have to wait and see how Face ID performs to know if Apple made the right call.More...
When Apple launched the iPhone X, one of the new features of the iPhone was the introduction of Face ID which is a facial recognition system. This went against earlier rumors that suggested that Apple would be trying to implement an under screen fingerprint sensor, but instead it seems like Apple decided to do away with Touch ID completely.
However could it be that Apple is still exploring that idea? In a recently discovered patent, it seems that the Cupertino company has patented an idea of an ultrasonic force sensor which could potentially be used for an under screen Touch ID. This is actually not the first time we have heard that Apple could have used ultrasonic technology to scan for fingerprints, and Apple is also not alone in exploring that idea as companies such as Qualcomm have come up with similar solutions.
Some have questioned Apple’s decision to launch Face ID, and a report from earlier this month suggested that the decision was made well in advance and that it was not a last minute decision. The report claims that Apple had explored the idea for an under screen fingerprint sensor, but early on decided that facial recognition held more potential.
We are also hearing rumors that in 2018, there is a chance that all of Apple’s iPhones could come with Face ID should the feature be well-received when the iPhone X is released later this November.