[REVIEW] Is Face ID Better than Touch ID on iPhone X, or a step in the wrong direction?

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Touch ID transformed from a gimmick into the default for unlocking an iPhone. While rivals like Samsung and Google have deployed their own sensors. Murmurs then started about embedding Touch ID into the display, to throw away home button and a bezel-less design. This never happened. Many questions popup in my mind like “Is Face ID Better than Touch ID?”

Face ID Setup
Face ID Setup

You might wonder same and ask yourself Would it be as dependable as Touch ID? What happens if I grow a beard? Will the tech be as fast? and so on.

How to set up Face ID?

You might be thinking how to turn on FaceID on iphone? It is incredibly easy to set up; just turn your head in a circle as instructed on-screen, and you are done. It is also very easy to use it — so easy, in fact, that most of the time ‘using’ Face ID doesn’t feel like the right phrase. Can you use something that happens automatically, in the background? That’s what Face ID feels like.

iPhone X Setup Face ID
iPhone X Setup Face ID

I lift my phone, the raise-to-wake feature lights up the screen, and by the time I’ve swiped upwards with my thumb Face ID has done its job and my phone is unlocked. Though it takes few seconds to complete.

It is in these situations where Face ID achieves the holy grail of security technology — it get entirely out of the way and works seamlessly in the background to keep my phone secure without me noticing.

Here are some steps to set-up Face ID

  1. Go to Settings > Face ID & Passcode. If asked, enter your passcode.
  2. Tap Set Up Face ID, then position your face in front of your device and tap Get Started.
  3. Look straight into your iPhone and place your face inside the frame.
  4. Gently move your head to complete the circle. If you’re unable to move your head, tap Accessibility Options.
  5. When you finish the first Face ID scan, tap Continue.
  6. Gently move your head to complete the circle for a second time.
  7. When Face ID setup is complete, tap Done.

Steps to unlock with Face ID

iPhone X unlock phone face ID
iPhone X unlock phone face ID
  1. Raise to wake or tap to wake your iPhone X.
  2. Glance at your iPhone X.
  3. When the lock icon on your screen animates from closed to open, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to unlock.

Is Face ID secure?

But, in the same way Touch ID doesn’t work when wet, Face ID is not quite perfect too. Sometimes it is still scanning my face after I’ve swiped upwards, delaying the unlock procedure by perhaps half a second. The delay is seldom any longer than this, which is scarcely enough time to notice it has happened in the first place.

Should Face ID fail for longer, than it is likely to fail outright. In this case, I’ve found it easier to turn the phone away, then back towards me to try again, or two slow presses of the power button (so not to trigger Apple Pay) does the same trick. If that fails, I will enter my passcode instead. This is similar scenario that happened during launch event.

Apple claimed that a stranger unlocking your iPhone with Face ID are one million to one, compared to 50,000 to one with Touch ID. Despite that, there have been reports of Face ID being failed synthetic mask, twins, triplets, a mother and son, father and son and even a sister not twin and unlocks the iPhone.

Face ID isn’t 100 percent secure. The same is true, though, of Touch ID, which can be tricked with synthetic fingers made from prints lifted from the touch screen.

One of the youtubers shaved off the beard and Face ID didn’t work for him then he unlocked it with passcode and after that he could unlock it using FaceID.