Apple has spent the last few years trying to abandon Touch ID in favor of its hands-free Face ID system. But the company goes back with its latest product, an iPad Air with a Touch ID switch. And as the worm continues to carry the bird̵7;s Face ID, Apple must bring its new fingerprint sensor to the upcoming iPhone.
Why does the iPhone X or 11 not have a fingerprint sensor?
Touch ID is one of the iPhone X’s many damaged. The iPhone X was Apple’s first product to release the home button to achieve full-screen display and one of the first smartphones (if not the only smartphone) to introduce a reliable usable face scanner for device security.
Apple could have added a rear or side-mounted fingerprint sensor to the iPhone X, but why bother? Face ID is more secure than a fingerprint reader and is not sabotaged by wet or dirty numbers. It also works when wearing gloves, and many disabled people find Face ID more accessible than a tactile fingerprint reader.
Unfortunately, Face ID does not work when your face is covered by a mask – something that very few people worry about in 2017. While Android users can use their fingerprint sensor (or Iris Scanner) to quickly unlock their phone in the grocery store, iPhone users get print a PIN like 2010 again.
We may have a COVID-19 vaccine sometime in 2021, but we can not return to the “old norm” that led to Face ID. Many Americans (including myself) are interested in wearing masks while suffering from colds or flu, or when attending large events where bacteria spread easily. And if the iPhone 12 does not offer Touch ID along with Face ID, many of Apple’s customers will fumble in public just to unlock their premium devices.
Let’s face it, Face ID was never enough
It’s time for honesty hour. Even without a global pandemic spreading through every conceivable disease vector, the iPhone needs a fingerprint sensor. Face ID is an impressive system, but it does not work in all angles and is not preferred by all users. Following the existing Face ID system with a Touch ID switch would immediately make the iPhone a more useful universal device.
Unlike Android phones that use your selfie camera for simple “face lock” systems, iPhones use an IR blaster to “see” your face in 3D. This is why iPhones can quickly detect your face at almost any angle in all lighting conditions. But some everyday situations take you right out of Face ID’s field of view. Using Face ID while your phone is sitting face up on a table or in a kickstand is a minor annoyance, and unlocking your phone for a passenger in your car causes you to take your eyes off the road or reveal your password.
A Touch ID sensor would instantly solve these minor annoyances and appeal to people who prefer fingerprint sensors over face recognition systems. And even though Touch ID may feel like a strange “step back” for Apple – customers do not like it! Critics and Apple fans regularly praise the $ 400 for the iPhone SE for its use of Touch ID and hardly mention that the phone lacks Face ID. The iPhone SE’s successful use of Touch ID may even have affected Apple’s latest product, the fourth-generation iPad Air.
Is iPad Air a clue to what is to come?
As I mentioned at the top of this article, the new iPad Air saves the full screen design of Apple’s iPad Pro and iPhone. It has no home button, but it also skips Face ID. Apple’s solution for the new iPad Air is a Touch ID switch, something that is cheap, useful and more appealing to Apple than an unreliable fingerprint reader under the screen or a design-breaking rear-mounted sensor.
This Touch ID sensor would work perfectly on iPhone 12 and now would be the perfect time to implement it. Not only are we in the middle of a pandemic, but mask wear may be more common in the future. In addition, Face ID has inherent problems and irritations that a Touch ID sensor would solve. If the COVID-19 virus disappeared tomorrow, it would still be a good idea to add Touch ID to the new iPhone.
We do not know if the iPhone 12 has a Touch ID sensor until Apple’s iPhone event is rumored for October 13. And while some reporters and leakers have early access to metal “dummy models” on the iPhone 12, we can’t use those models to determine if the iPhone 12 has a Touch ID switch. But hey, we remind you to watch the event as soon as the information is available! 😉