The tech industry has seen massive changes, and in particular, has been the revolution that has taken place in the smartphone market. Every manufacturer has been tasked to match up with the competition to offer the most advanced piece of tech, which has led to the production of highly sophisticated gadgets that many have enjoyed using. One of the most recent gadgets to be unveiled by Apple is the iPhone X, a smartphone that represents a shift in the design convention adopted by Apple. The phone has also come as a new dawn as regards security due to its Face ID facial recognition system, which is said to be the most secure on the planet.
To help buyers understand how the system works, experts like Ian Andrews have taken time to share reviews and opinions about the Face ID feature included in the iPhone X. Ian Andrews is a tech expert and enthusiast who has been keenly following the trends in the tech industry and in the course of his observation he has also got the opportunity to gather useful information that has helped him write objective reviews. In this section, he shares the pros and cons of the Face ID facial recognition system used on the iPhone X.
Pros of Face ID
Although many buyers protested the elimination of the fingerprint scanner, the Face ID facial recognition system has helped up the security systems of the iPhone.
Machine learning model Data is stored on the phone. Eye detection Duress feature Cons of the Face ID
1. Machine learning model. One of the biggest advantages of the Face ID system is that it relies on a machine learning algorithm that is able to learn your face over time. This means the system is able to compensate for changes on your face, like facial hair loss, so it does not just pick your face like an image that will remain static. It factors in different changes, and the scanning model does not just focus on the shape of your face but also goes deeper to analyze detailed dots that make up the texture of your face. It studies the contours to ensure no one can dupe it. In fact, Apple says there are only 1:1,000,000 chances someone might succeed at duping the system, which implies its security is impervious to hacking.
2. Data is stored on the phone. There is no way the data about your face can be leaked as it is not kept in the cloud. All the data collected by the Face ID algorithm is kept secretly in your phone, so hackers have no way through which they can interfere with this.
3. Eye detection. Another fact you should know about the Face ID system is that it also has eye detection that helps to determine whether the person is alive and human. So, someone trying to fake an image will not succeed as the system can easily detect fraud.
4. Duress feature. Another amazing feature about the iPhone X’s Face ID is that you could utilize the duress feature, whereby when you press the power button five times, you easily clear the ‘secrets’ stored by the phone, and this prevents Face ID from granting access to unlock the phone. It is a more secure way to ensure no one can penetrate into your private data unless with your consent.
Apart from having a host of benefits, there are several downsides of the Face ID feature that you should know about.
Form before function Exposed credential Ease of operation
1. Form before function. To many users, trying to place the phone up to unlock it will feel unnatural as most people are used to that pose only when taking selfies. Take a case you are at an important meeting and you need to look at something in your phone and people see you raise it as if to take some selfies; that feels awkward and unnatural. However, the market might catch up sooner as more companies also integrate similar security mechanisms so it will not feel awkward while using the feature.
2. Exposed credential. According to experts, the Face ID system is too exposed to guarantee a secure way to transact across different apps. It might not be as secure as it should be when handling key transactions like accessing your bank account. The feature has not been tested yet to reveal its capability to ensure a secure environment for high risk transactions. Additionally, its duress feature is not as well tested, so its suitability might be an item of debate depending on the preferences of the user.
3. Ease of operation. The Face ID is said to delay execution compared to the Touch ID. With Touch ID, even before you see the screen you will have unlocked the phone since you only need to touch the screen with your finger, while on the other hand you have to bring the phone close to your face for the Face ID to work.