Apple’s Executive Says Touch ID and the iPhone Notch Are Not Going Anywhere

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Apple first ditched Touch ID and replaced it with Face ID in 2017 with the iPhone X. Since then, the company has moved its entire iPhone lineup towards Face ID and even switched its iPad Pro lineup to Face ID in favor of Touch ID last year. Despite the company clearly steering away from Touch ID, Apple’s VP of Product Marketing Greg Joswiak sees Touch ID still having a role in Apple devices for the foreseeable future.

Joswiak spoke about the Face ID in great detail with UK’s Daily Express. He noted that when Face ID first debuted on the iPhone X, it felt natural. However, over time Apple’s engineers have further improved the system making it faster and more tolerant to different angles. All these improvements now make Face ID feel “incredibly natural.”

When asked about the notch which incorporates the Face ID components on the iPhone and whether Apple intends to replace it with a pop-up camera or not, Joswiak said that while the competition is trying new things and that is what makes the world go round, he does not see Apple adopting the pop-up camera system anytime soon.

Unlike Apple, Android OEMs only rely on a single camera and 2D image scanning to offer face unlock. This makes their system inferior and less secure than Face ID which uses an array of sensors to create a 3D map of one’s face.

Implementing Face ID is more expensive than Touch ID and this is perhaps why Apple will continue to use the latter on its low-end iPad lineup. While Apple will continue to expand the use of Face ID on its devices, Touch ID will still continue to find a place in its iPad lineup.

When asked if Face ID would feature on more products, Joswiak told us: “Certainly, we’ll continue to put it on more devices but also Touch ID will continue to have a role – it’s a great technology on our iPad lineup and we don’t see it going away anytime soon.”

Our Take

While Face ID is more convenient to use than Touch ID, its reliability is still not as good as the latter. Apple has improved Face ID since its debut on the iPhone X but it still has a long way to go before it can rival Touch ID in terms of speed and reliability.

There have been rumors of Apple bringing back Touch ID on future iPhones in the form of an in-display fingerprint scanner. It is possible that the company will only use this technology on its more expensive iPad Pro lineup and stick to Face ID on iPhones.

[Via Daily Express]