Apple has always been like the cool kid at the school. While it’s not always the first to introduce a new technology, its the one to make it cool. Apple usually introduces a new feature in its products when it is at a stage where it is easy and intuitive for use by an average person and up to the Apple reliability standards. So, when Apple introduced Touch ID to the iPhones in 2012, a trend began and all other smartphone manufacturers followed suit. the Touch ID quickly became a fan favourite due to its convenience and its integrations into various services like Apple Pay for making secure transactions and authentications in other apps.
In 2017, with the introduction of the iPhone X (10) the company removed Touch ID in favour of the Face ID. Apple claimed the new system to be more secure than the Touch ID as it employed 3D facial scan using IR dot projectors which is harder to crack than a fingerprint. This move received mixed reactions from the tech community and the general public but Apple decided to stick with it and the Face ID has now become the norm for iPhones.
Recently though, Apple seems to be taking a break from the ‘Apple knows best’ ideology and giving the public what it wants. If rumours and leaks are to be believed, Apple could soon be re-introducing Touch ID into the iPhone. While the iPad air received the Touch ID integrated into the power button, the upcoming iPhone 13 series is believed to come equipped with an under-display Touch ID sensor. this move could very well be a result of the current pandemic that forced us to wear masks rendering Face ID unusable.
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, the system might be an optical one as seen on the like of OnePlus devices rather than the ultrasonics seen on Samsung S series devices. According to the report, a former Apple employee source said that the tech “can be more reliable” than an ultrasonic sensor. The report claims that the goal is to have a system as secure as the old Touch ID that had a 1 in 50000 false-positive rate i.e. someone else’s finger being able to unlock a phone registered to your fingerprint. Face ID, on the other hand, has a much lower 1 in a million false positive rate, as claimed by Apple.
In other news, patents filed by Apple have also emerged where it seems to be working on a system that would work from any part of the screen rather than just a small specific area for authentication, but that seems to still be in development and we would have to wait quite a while for that to happen. However Vivo did show off this technology in the APEX 2019 concept phone so we could see this as a real product soon, albeit not from Apple. Patents have also surfaced describing a notch-less iPhone but we’ll have to wait and see how the company proceeds.
The company is unlikely to drop Face ID anytime soon but with the introduction of under-display front cameras into the market by other players we could very well be heading towards an iPhone having a full-screen notch-less display and dual biometric authentication but that’s probably a good three to four years away. We could however, see dual biometric authentication on iPhones with both Touch ID and Face ID with a smaller notch as soon as the iPhone 13that is expected to be announced in Q4 2021
What do you prefer Touch ID or Face ID? Let us know.