Face ID Gets a Speed Test Versus Touch ID

iPhone X Face ID TrueDepth Camera System

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.

It’s so quick that many iPhone owners, especially recent models, may be keenly aware that Face ID is not as fast. Tom’s Guide put the idea to the test, after Mark Spoonauer noticed the difference in unlocking speeds. Spoonauer said that he could tell that the Face ID method unlocked the iPhone X slower than Touch ID unlocked his older iPhone 7 Plus. But he decided to actually put a stopwatch to the task of determining just how much of a difference there was.

According to the results, Touch ID is indeed faster:

“On my iPhone 7 Plus, I could get to the home screen just by pressing and holding my thumb on the Touch ID sensor in an average of 0.91 seconds.”

Meanwhile, unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID saw an increase in time. According to Spoonauer’s test, unlocking the iPhone X took 1.2 seconds from pressing the side button on the device and Face ID recognizing his face and unlocking the handset. To swipe up, which gets you to the Home screen, added more time to the clock. In the end, it took an average of 1.8 seconds to unlock the handset with Face ID.

“With Face ID on the iPhone X, it took 1.2 seconds from pressing the side button to the iPhone X’s screen turning on and for the phone to recognize me and unlock the device. And it was another 0.4 seconds to swipe up to get to the lock screen. Total time: 1.8 seconds.”

Spoonauer has a tip for getting access to your phone a bit faster. While Face ID is being utilized to recognize your face, you can swipe up from the bottom of the display at the same time. This might show a “Face ID” text on the display while it’s transitioning, but according to the test it does grant access a bit faster. Using this method, Spoonauer says accessing the phone took an average of 1.5 seconds.

Face ID might not be as fast as Touch ID in its current state, but it would be pretty interesting to see how it would stack up against the first-generation Touch ID technology. And all this means in the end is that Face ID has room to improve in unlocking speed, and it’s likely to do that as Apple improves the technology.

[via Tom’s Guide]