Apple's Greg Joswiak Says Touch ID Will 'Continue to Have a Role'

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Apple's vice president of product marketing Greg Joswiak recently spoke with the UK's Daily Express about the future of its biometric authentication systems, noting that while Face ID will be expanded to more devices over time, Touch ID will "continue to have a role" for the foreseeable future.


"Certainly, we'll continue to put it on more devices but also Touch ID will continue to have a role - it's a great technology on our iPad lineup and we don't see it going away anytime soon," said Joswiak.

While the latest iPad Pro models are equipped with the more-expensive Face ID system, lower-end iPad, iPad Air, and iPad mini models still have Touch ID home buttons to keep costs down, and that will likely remain the case for years. Touch ID is also built into recent MacBook Pro and MacBook Air models.

As for the iPhone, Apple continues to sell older iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models with Touch ID, but it has not introduced a new iPhone with fingerprint authentication since 2017. The upcoming iPhone 11 models are expected to stick with Face ID, which Apple says has been made 30 percent faster in iOS 13.

Looking ahead, multiple reports have claimed that Apple plans to release an iPhone with both Face ID and an under-display fingerprint scanner in 2020 or 2021. The under-display option could certainly be given a new name, however, to distinguish it from traditional Touch ID with a home button.

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guzhogi

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I wonder if/when Mac laptops & iMacs will get FaceID? Also, wonder if/when Apple wireless keyboards will get TouchID & TouchBar. TouchID might be tricky with the security implementation, but I would think TouchBar would be a bit easier. But who knows?
 

dominiongamma

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Starting to think Touch ID and Face ID will be in a future iPhone model, I didn’t think it would come back but I’m starting to rethink my position after hearing this
 

dominiongamma

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Totally cannot wait. FaceID is much worse in almost every way than TouchID. TouchID is superior.
The only reason why FaceID exists is because they wanted bigger screen and no bezels but couldn't get the TouchID under the display to work in time.
Funny Touch ID failed me way more then Face ID ever does. Wet fingers, dirt on fingers, gloves etc touch id has major flaws and has a long way to go. If both are on a future iPhone then everyone will be happy
 

TheKDub

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I think Apple will incorporate both in the future phones and I'm all for that.

I do read some comments here that some ppl don't want TouchID to come back (even if FaceID stays), a stance that I don't quite understand - wouldn't you rather have 2 options than 1 and use whatever works best for you (TouchId or FaceID) when you want it to?
 

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Of course it will as long as they lazily go about "updating" their products like the Air 3 and iPad Mini 5.
Exactly, it's just a way for Apple to keep around devices with home buttons so they can be lazy

Until Apple moves it to the power button or under the display, which I doubt they'll do under the display, it's just signs that devices like the updated iPhone 8, iPad mini, and so on will not move to a gesture system
 
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iPhoneXR -> works

iPadMini4 -> works (- wet fingers and such)

No idea why so many people have issues with one of these.

My prediction: Improved FaceID on new phones and ProPads, maybe even MacBooks. TouchID for "budget" products.
 
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Couldn’t agree more and the faceID isn’t the future if it occupies the screen real estate and iPhone X isn’t the real all-screen display that  offered in 2017, 2018, 2019

Majority of user felt the same sentiment about it as well.

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Of course Touch ID will always have a role - Face ID was a stopgap measure until Apple figured out how to get a fingerprint sensor to work under a display. Once that's done Apple will still keep Face ID around since it's a freebie feature from the depth cameras the phones will have to support their real purpose - AR functionality.
 

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Totally cannot wait. FaceID is much worse in almost every way than TouchID. TouchID is superior.
The only reason why FaceID exists is because they wanted bigger screen and no bezels but couldn't get the TouchID under the display to work in time.
No. I would never go back to a Touch ID phone.

Of course Touch ID will always have a role - Face ID was a stopgap measure until Apple figured out how to get a fingerprint sensor to work under a display. Once that's done Apple will still keep Face ID around since it's a freebie feature from the depth cameras the phones will have to support their real purpose - AR functionality.
Except Apple said the exact opposite. Just because you might prefer Touch ID doesn’t mean Face ID was plan B.
 

Seanm87

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I do much prefer Touch ID over Face ID. Face ID I just find too slow compared to Touch ID.
 
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