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Dan Moren for Macworld
November 3, 2017 6:30 AM PT
Ahead of the iPhone X’s announcement back in September, there had been plenty of rumors about it including biometric security based on facial recognition, as well as whether or not Apple was struggling to incorporate Touch ID into this new model. Unsurprisingly, there was a lot of handwringing over this move, with plenty of pundits who insisted that Face ID was only a sop until Apple could figure out how to incorporate Touch ID into its new all-screen phone.
Now that the iPhone X has finally made its way into the world, we’ve gotten a little more perspective on the matter. Not only have we seen how Face ID is a major departure from previous facial recognition systems, but we’ve also had Apple executives point out that the company had long ago made the decision to ditch Touch ID for Face ID—which we should have all logically considered when the rumors were flying, as the company’s not going to be struggling with design decisions mere months before they ship millions of devices.
But now that Face ID is about to become part of many of our daily lives, it’s worth considering what else might be in store for this technology. Because if the company’s moving away from Touch ID in its flagship device, you can bet that Face ID is here to stay.