Swipe to open

by Volker Weber

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Face ID works just as well as Touch ID. It's completely invisible. Can you remember how we did not have passwords or PINs on our devices, if not forced by corporate IT? You just swiped to open.

When you activate your iPhone X, you are led through a very short process to register your face. Way faster than registering a finger in Touch ID. And then you forget it's there. You just swipe up. This becomes natural in a few hours. After that you forgot how you ever operated an iPhone earlier. Believe it or not, I have difficulties with the iPhone 8 Plus now. And I have 10 years of muscle memory. That is how quickly you learn the new swipe gesture. Now I need an iPad with Face ID.

Apple gives you just a simple biometric solution that works. Touch ID on previous iPhones, Face ID on the new X. You don't need a misplaced touch sensor, an unsafe face recognition and a dysfunctional retina unlock. You need just one thing that really works.

Comments

This is truly revolutionary. But since Apple is measured against the highest possible standards (which isn‘t a bad thing) this feature will go (almost) unnoticed. The level of scepticism towards Apple still puzzles me given the track record they have.

Markus Dierker, 2017-11-11

Why swipe at all after unlock? I don't get that design descision.

Markus Michalski, 2017-11-11

@Markus, I believe your notifications become fully visible after you have passed face id. That may be all you want to do.

Paul Mooney, 2017-11-11

Couldn’t agree more, Volker.

But when we all got used to just swiping up, why not skipping the bottom line which often covers text and is simply redundant if you know what to do and where to swipe up from?

Jochen Kattoll , 2017-11-12

I am the furthest thing from an Apple fanboy, and a Google Pixel is my primary phone, but for work purposes I play in both worlds. Having had the X for about 4 days now all I can say about FaceID is WOW, it really does just work.

Mitch Cohen, 2017-11-12

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