It could happen. One of my favorite Apple technologies was and is Touch ID’s fingerprint scanner. Apple claimed one in 50,000 people might be able to open an iPhone with a different fingerprint but in real life it just didn’t happen. That was then and this is now and Apple has fully embraced Face ID facial recognition in iPhone X and kissed Touch ID goodbye.
As always, both technologies had their detractors and distractions. Touch ID wouldn’t work well for people with sticky or sweaty palms and fingers and not with average gloves or even a very dirty screen. But Touch ID worked well enough for iPhone customers that many were skeptical about Apple’s move to facial recognition; a skepticism that remains mostly unfounded as, in Apple parlance, ‘it just works.’
Wouldn’t it be great to have an iPhone X in 2018 that features both Touch ID and Face ID. And, while we’re at it, why not toss in some Voice ID, too. The problem with Touch ID is that there is no Home button on the bezel-to-bezel (minus the Notch) iPhone X. No Home button, no Touch ID– and Apple is sufficiently disciplined that putting a fingerprint sensor on the back of the iPhone was a dealbreaker.
What about Touch ID embedded into the iPhone X’s OLED display? One company has it already. Synaptics has demonstrated how a fingerprint sensor can work from within the display and already claims a major customer.
The “Clear ID” scanner, which would reside under a phone’s screen, would theoretically allow for easy-to-use biometrics on bezel-less phones.
Is Apple interested? Nobody is saying, but having a built-in, embedded fingerprint scanner that works like Touch ID would be a huge plus for security and convenience.
The company notes that “[in-display] fingerprint technology allows users to securely unlock the device in situations including while it’s sitting on the table, at any angle, or while in a car mount.
That is one of the problems with Face ID. You have to hold iPhone X in such a way that it can see your face. Touch ID only needs your fingerprint to be scanned so viewing the phone lying flat and nearby or in a car holder is easier than lifting it up for Face ID. Both technologies have different benefits, and both have detractors, but it’s safe to say that a combination of face, fingerprint, and voice would provide even better security, more convenience, and more options.
Come on, Apple. Perform a tech marriage of sorts; a ménage à trois of technological security options. How hard can it be? Expense aside, Apple could pull this off but for some reason seems reluctant to get into the customer support issues such options– I’m talking about multiple security choices– might bring.
Touch ID just works and is convenient in many use case scenarios. Now there is technology that can embed it into a display, dispensing with the Home button fingerprint scanner. Face ID just works, too, can be more convenient (gloves), and adds another layer of security on top of Touch ID.
Alright, how about Voice ID?
iPhones already have decent microphones and voice recognition technology has been around for decades so this should be a no-brainer, technology-wise. Consider this a trifecta. Voice recognition, fingerprint recognition, and facial recognition. The most convenience would be to have any of the three options to open an iPhone, or, two of three, or, all three. You choose. And, of course the venerable password.
Now we’re talking security and convenience.