Face ID works great for most people out there. But clearly, there are edge cases. From issues with bright light to twins tricking Face ID. In one case, a kid was able to unlock their parent’s iPhone X using Face ID.
Finally putting Face ID and Touch ID to the test in real world purchasing scenarios, it all comes down to preference.
Some parts of the iPhone X are just intuitive. Like holding your phone up to unlock it with Face ID. Others, like accessing the Control Center or using the App Switcher or force quitting apps, aren’t. Follow the tips below to quickly master iPhone X’s new user interface.
The verdict is in: Face ID is awesome. Yes, it’s slower than Touch ID but when it works, it’s almost invisible. In a way, it as a magical quality to it. But it’s still a first generation product (remember how slow first-generation Touch ID was), and it has the quirks and bugs that any first-generation technology has.
iPhone X has a new feature where notification previews on the Lock screen are hidden by default. Once you authenticate with Face ID, the notifications expand automatically. It’s a really neat feature. A thoughtful privacy upgrade. One of the little delights you expect from Apple. But for me, this hasn’t been working well.
Yes, we all love Touch ID but actually, Face ID is even more seamless in actual use – in all measurable ways. It authenticates simply when you look at the iPhone X’s screen. The same goes for the setup process. With Touch ID, you’d have to put your finger in every possible awkward angle. For Face ID, you just move your face around and the camera and sensors do the job.
iPhone X is an exercise in rewriting muscle memory of the last 10 years of iPhone usage. A side effect of an all screen design and the removal of the Home button is the gesture-based interface. And to make the gesture-based interface work, Apple had to move some of the iOS furniture around. This means accessing features you use dozens of times a day are now slightly different. Everything from Control Center to Siri to going back to the Home screen.
We’ve been used to the little Apple Pay dance for the last couple of years. Double tap the Home button, authenticate using Touch ID, ping! And voila, it’s paid. On the iPhone X, there’s no home button and no Touch ID. So the process of both invoking and authenticating using Apple ID is different. Here’s how it works.
Apple decided to go all-in with facial recognition with the iPhone X, making it the single biometrics security measure on the upcoming flagship smartphone.
Touch ID is fast. It was fast when it first launched, but now the technology is so quick that simply setting your finger on the Home button and pressing is enough to immediately bypass the lock screen and unlock the handset.