Face 2nd generation vs. Touch ID. The winner could only be one

When I had to choose which iPhone to buy, I was the most hesitating between the iPhone X and the iPhone XR . In the end, I chose XR, although in some respects it was worse. He also had several advantages, and one of the most important was the presence of the 2nd generation Face ID.

Improved Face ID. Security. Nothing easier when the password is your face. You can unlock the iPhone, log in to the app or finalize the purchase with just a glance. This is the safest face authentication technology used on your smartphone. And now it works even faster - that's how much about the new Face ID Apple writes on the XR, XS and XS Max iPhone pages.

Many words. Few particulars.

So I asked my editorial colleagues who used the X-phones, and now use XS or XS Max to tell in a few words what differences they see between the first and second generation of Face ID.

They spoke almost unanimously: the new Face ID is faster, has a larger range, catches at a greater angle and is better at dealing in the dark. They also pointed out that Face ID learns well - the facial recognition system 1. gen., Which was used for a year, recognizes the user almost as well as Face ID 2. gen. Right after configuring the function. This is of course an argument for choosing a new Face ID - if it works well from the first day, it means that after a few months it will do it even better.

Face ID 2. gen. - when does it work well?

Works without any problems during everyday use. And it does not matter to him whether I stand, sit or lie in bed. In my case it works very well even after waking up, when I'm still sleepy and I do not have my glasses on. And not only in my - editorial colleagues-eyewear also confirm this. And it should be mentioned here that 1st Gen. Face ID was often criticized for how it worked in the morning. After sleep, our face looks a little different than in the middle of the day. These differences meant that the iPhone did not recognize its owner or did it very slowly. The second generation has made significant improvements in this field.

For a few days outside the window is nice weather, but I had the opportunity to test Face ID 2. gen., How it was still cold and the man came out of the house with a scarf wrapped around the neck and even covering the face. Face ID worked in such conditions flawlessly even on the first day, i.e. when the theoretical iPhone was not yet well taught my face. I admit that it made a great impression on me.

Next was also good. The first evening, the first night, the next evening, another night - darkness for Face ID 2. gen. Is not a problem. The facial recognition system works just as well as during the day.

Face ID 2. gen. - when it does not work well?

With the unlocking of the iPhone XR by Face ID I had only two problems. Twice throughout the month.

The first time the iPhone was on the bedside table, and I wanted to take a look at him to make sure I set the alarm right in the morning. I lay on the bed then, and the cupboard stood in the next. The iPhone was lying flat, face ID pointing at the ceiling, and I was out of reach. It was probably my second day with the new iPhone and then I realized that in similar situations I would just have to take the smartphone in my hand or lean over it more.

The second time Face ID failed when the sun was very strong and was behind my back. The iPhone pointed straight into my face had a problem with recognizing me, because there was an exceptionally bright light source behind my head which, I suspect, paralyzed the work of the sensors. It was enough, however, that I gently shifted my hand to the side so that the sun would not be right behind my head, and Face ID did it without a problem.

Face ID 2. gen. Versus Touch ID

I have been using Touch ID for over a year on an iPad (2017) and used it for a year on the iPhone 7. The iPhone worked better, and the iPad works a little worse. However, I could not complain about any of them. Until I bought an iPhone XR .

Face ID is, however, a new quality in the way of gaining access to a mobile device. You take the smartphone in your hand, touch your finger with a notification that is displayed on the lock screen, and your smartphone knows that it's you and lets you in. You are already in the application you have chosen to notify.

It works differently at the Touch ID. Worse.

You take the smartphone in your hand, touch your finger with a notification that is displayed on the lock screen, but your smartphone does not know that you use it. So instead of going to the chosen application you have to put your finger on the reader first so that the smartphone can verify you.

The same goes for access to a bank application or to a billing program. I choose the appropriate icon, the smartphone signals that it recognized me and automatically goes on. You do not have to chase your finger behind the fingerprint reader.

It's a small difference. Which makes a huge impression.

Face ID seems to be a more natural way of using a smartphone because the user does not have to do anything to gain access to private information and functions. I have configured my iPhone XR so that I have notifications from various applications on the lock screen, but by default their content is hidden. You can only see that there is an iMessage message waiting for me or a new e-mail. Only when my face appears within the Face ID range, the system unlocks the private message content and displays info, who sent the new message and on what topic.

I love this way of protecting the privacy of correspondence in new iPhones. And I miss him on cheaper iPads.

And how about reliability?

Face ID 2. gen. Failed me within a month twice. Touch ID failed me at least once a day - usually right after washing hands, when fingers were still wet, when the rain was wet and when cooking, when wet or messy finger tried to unlock the phone to check the recipe or when I wanted to change the music playing with bluetooth speaker.

I used to be afraid of Face ID. Now I'm afraid that it will disappear

Before I changed from the iPhone with Touch ID to the smartphone with Face ID, I was afraid. I knew the Touch ID and had it - nomen omen - in a small square. Unlocking my face was something foreign and I was not sure if I would be happy with it.

Switching went well with Face ID 2. I'm more than happy. Not only successfully replaced the Touch ID, but it jumped a few lengths. Now, when I have to unlock the old iPad with a fingerprint reader, I feel irritated. I know that it should not work that way. Unlocking the iPhone XR, which I have much shorter time, is something natural for me.

And I'm afraid that Apple in the pursuit of quickly removing the indentation in the screen, may come up with the idea of ​​withdrawing Face ID and replacing it with a Touch ID reader in the smartphone screen. May it not happen.

A reader in the screen? Cool. But only as an option available in parallel with Face ID.

Face 2nd generation vs. Touch ID. The winner could only be one


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