Touch ID on iPhone: Apple is testing it, but it’s unlikely to come back

With the launch of the iPhone X (a leap into the past by our review of the time), Apple changed the main biometric authentication system for its smartphones forever, bypassing the much-acclaimed Touch ID feature — which has accompanied home devices. From Cupertino from iPhone 5s onwards – With the introduction of Face ID, the entire system is based on 3D face recognition. This happened at the end of 2017 and from that time until today we can say that things have gradually changed and only today – especially with the release of iOS 16 and only on some recent models – are we facing a system at all • functional effects are maturing. Indeed, Face ID has prompted users to deal with its lower flexibility compared to Touch ID – although it is more secure – but the changes that have affected the world from 2020 onwards – we are talking about a pandemic. They pushed Apple back to system basics and today we have a system that interacts with wearables to avoid unnecessary scans, that recognizes the face even when it’s partially covered and that – finally – also works horizontally. It has been improving Face ID, and the Cupertino company has consistently published patents related to managing Touch ID under the iPhone’s screen, indicating a certain interest in the issue of two-factor authentication. On the other hand, despite all the updates received, Face ID is still seen as more complex and less demanding by a category of users, despite the fact that it is a more transparent and faster authentication system than Touch ID. However, the continued achievement of these patents does not seem that significant, at least according to Mark Gorman in his recent Power On newsletter, which shows that Apple has already tested solutions such as Touch ID in the screen or in the side button of the iPhone, but Ultimately, one of these technologies is unlikely to land on the company’s smartphones. The only exception that leaves Gurman a window open is the lower end of the iPhone, which currently features products like the iPhone SE (we also reviewed the latest model), where Touch ID is exactly the distinguishing part of the subtle user experience. In short, Face ID is here to stay, and it’s now unlikely that Apple will spend additional resources trying to integrate a system that will – in the end – be redundant and with few real advantages. DYNAMIC ISLAND: NO RETURN FROM HERE In addition to Gurman’s words, which are absolutely credible and in line with the way Apple operates, we add that a strong signal of Apple’s great commitment to the continuity of Face ID has reached us precisely on the occasion of the launch of the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max (Here is our review), more precisely with the inclusion of Dynamic Island in the new models. The importance of this step should not be underestimated, as it represents a clear change in the course of Apple in dealing with this component of its smartphones. Until the last generation, in fact, the degree was seen only as an additional element compared to the traditional experience of using a smartphone, an aspect that should not be completely hidden (although Apple often uses dark backgrounds to make them less noticeable) but also as a kind of necessary evil, The situation has been completely reversed with Dynamic Island, and the iPhone’s TrueDepth camera sensors have become an integral part of the iOS software experience, something that no longer has to be relegated to the margins of the screen, but must appear prominent and clear, in order to define the characteristics of what it will mean, from Now on, use the iPhone, at least in the near future. An effort of this nature is undoubtedly a strong signal that the introduction of a system like Touch ID is now considered outdated, especially now that Apple has set its new course. Whether this is really useful is not yet proven, but for this we will have to wait for iOS 16.1 and its full support for Dynamic Island.

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