The upcoming iPhone X of Apple is by far the most highly anticipated new smartphone of 2017. There is no close second. Apple fans have been anticipating for a redesigned iPhone after three years with the same look and feel, and the iPhone X is just what the doctor ordered. The tenth-anniversary iPhone of the company looks like nothing we have ever seen before from Apple, and it is packed with more new tech than anything we have seen in years from the smartphone lineup of Apple.
The iPhone X also abandons some features that were essential pieces of the iPhone puzzle in the past years, and that brings us to Friday morning’s rumours.
This comes as no surprise, but people really like to voice out their complaints on the internet. They really, really, really, really love it. Sometimes it seems like the internet was invented so that people from all over the world can quickly band together and complain incessantly.
Among Apple fans, the grumbling focused on a fresh report from the most accurate Apple insider in the world. According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI Securities, 2018’s successors to the iPhone 8/8 Plus and the iPhone X will all abandon Touch ID in favour of the Face ID. That is right, if Kuo is correct (and he typically is), there will be no more home buttons or fingerprint scanners on any of the iPhones that will be launched next year.
Yes, people are definitely flipping out.
During the company’s presentation in September, Apple placed Face ID as a huge step forward for biometric authentication on smartphones. Executives did not mince words when they expressed how advanced the technology is or how much more secure it is compared to the Touch ID. So, the first issue here pertains to logic — if the tech giant believes that the Face ID is a better and more secure solution than the Touch ID, why wouldn’t it substitute fingerprint scanners on all future iOS devices?
The second huge problem here should be reasonably obvious, but to spell it out just in case the absolute ridiculousness escapes you: no one outside of Apple has made use of the Face ID. Some bloggers, tech journalists, and some analysts might have spent a very short amount of time playing with the feature after the press conference of Apple last month, but no conclusions can be drawn at this point.
It appears that the biggest concern with the Face ID following the unveiling of the iPhone X was related to convenience and speed. But we have already established that the Face ID can be configured so that the iPhone X will suitably be unlocked and ready to go long before the display of the phone enters the line of sight of the user. In other words, using the Face ID in unlocking an iPhone is probably already easy and as fast as unlocking a phone with the Touch ID, and it will only get faster with time.
The bottom line is this: stop complaining. Seriously. The Face ID on the iPhone X might turn out to be an unquestionable disaster that does not deliver on the promises of Apple. It might also be the best thing that has happened to the iPhone lineup since the Touch ID was introduced in 2013. You would not know until you get your hands on an iPhone X yourself and use it for some time, so getting worked up over it is absolutely a waste of time.