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Apple iPhone X Face ID is slower than Touch ID, but it's not all bad: Reports

Here’s Touch ID and Face ID competing against each other!

  • Published: November 2, 2017 1:08 PM IST
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So the iPhone X no more has a Touch ID for biometric authentication, it has the Face ID instead. However, just a day before the official sale of the Apple iPhone X, Tom’s Guide has published a report, which claims that the Face ID is slower than Touch ID.

“I’ve been using Face ID on the iPhone X for more than 24 hours, and I don’t need a stopwatch to tell you that it unlocks my phone slower than when I was using Touch ID on my older iPhone 7 Plus. I used a stopwatch app anyway to prove my point,” Tom’s Guide’s Mark Spoonauer said.

He says that it took him 1.2 seconds to unlock the iPhone X from pressing the side button on the device and another 0.4 seconds to swipe up to get to the lock screen, while getting to the home screen on an iPhone 7 Plus using Touch ID took 0.91 seconds. Although, when Raise to Wake is enabled, swiping up on the display as the iPhone is recognizing a face, Spoonaeur says the unlocking was faster at a total of 1.16, but still found it to be slower than Touch ID. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X replaces Touch ID with Face ID; here’s how the new authentication tech works

However, read ahead before you freak out!

If you make a raw comparison like that, Touch ID does seem to win in terms of speed of unlocking, But according to TechCrunch‘s Matthew Panzarino, in actual day-to-day usage, Face ID has benefits over Touch ID because it’s a more streamlined interaction. Panzarino says that while Face ID is slower when placed head-to-head with Touch ID, it’s “much more fluid and faster to actually ‘do things”. ALSO READ: Apple CEO Tim Cook believes Rs 89,000 for iPhone X is a ‘value price,’ but reality begs to differ

If you see, with Touch ID, to do something like open up a notification, you need to tap the notification and then use Touch ID to open the notification, a two step gesture. With Face ID, on the other hand, it recognizes your face as the phone is raised while you’re tapping the notification, a quicker, less involved action. RELATED: Apples can be sour, but a need is a need

In fact, Spoonauer says, there is also a workaround of sorts to increase the speed of the Face ID. He says, “You can swipe up from the bottom of the iPhone X’s screen even while the iPhone X is looking for your face. Sometimes you might briefly see the word ‘Face ID’ flash as the iPhone X transitions to the home screen, but you will still get to start using your phone faster.”

To be fair, Touch ID that we know of right now, has been developed slowly overtime and made better. Face ID, however, is still in an early stage, and you can positively hope it to get better and faster. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X: How to set up and use Face ID

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  • Published Date: November 2, 2017 1:08 PM IST