With the release of the iPhone XS and XR last year, Apple went all-in on Face ID. And while there may be users who miss the fingerprint sensor, I’m not one of them.
The latest batch of new iPhones, released in September 2018, was the first to not include Touch ID at all. After several months of owning my first iPhone without Touch ID, I can’t say I’m upset by this move by Apple.
Face ID is much more convenient
Touch ID is already pretty convenient—much more convenient than typing in a passcode every time—but Face ID takes it to a whole new level. It’s like Touch ID, but you don’t even have to scan your fingerprints.
Both technologies still require some action on your part to unlock your phone and go to the home screen, but with Face ID, it’s just a swipe up from the bottom. Whereas with Touch ID, you have to make sure to place your finger in a certain place on the phone and then wait for it to unlock.
In other words, you don’t even have to think about unlocking your phone with Face ID. Instead, it just happens, which is the convenience I need.
It’s more accurate than Touch ID
Having been using Face ID for a while now, I can tell that the number of times it didn’t recognize my face was much less than the number of times Touch ID didn’t recognize my fingerprint.
I honestly can’t even remember the time I looked directly into Face ID and he told me he didn’t recognize me — it’s so good. On the other hand, I remember many times when Touch ID was finicky and didn’t recognize my finger at all.
Maybe my fingers were a little wet or something, but Touch ID has too many variables that have to be right for it to work perfectly, whereas Face ID works with minimal requirements.
Facial identification has its drawbacks, but they are trivial
Of course, Face ID isn’t perfect. One of its biggest drawbacks is that you have to look directly at it for it to recognize your face and unlock your phone, which is not a big deal, but you immediately realize it as soon as you start interacting with the phone on the phone. from day to day.
One thing I often do is put my phone on the table and then tap the screen to wake it up to see if I have any notifications I might have missed. If I do that, I want to unlock my phone to interact with these notifications. However, if I lean back in my chair, the facial recognition camera will not be able to recognize me. I must either pick up the phone or lean forward to get into the camera’s field of view.
It’s pretty trivial, and it’s not a good enough reason to use Face ID, as I use it all the way the rest of the time to make up for any shortcomings.
I’m so used to Face ID that it seems incredibly primitive to go back to Touch ID (I still have my old iPhone 6 that I use occasionally).
At this point, it doesn’t even look like Face ID and Touch ID are in the same league. That’s not to say that Touch ID is terrible, but it’s one of those things that once you’ve encountered Face ID, you’ll never want to go back.