Face ID Unlocks an iPhone More Slowly Than Touch ID, but is Faster in Day-to-Day Usage

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's new Face ID facial recognition system coming in the iPhone X unlocks an iPhone more slowly than Touch ID did, according to Tom's Guide.

    Tom's Guide is one of the sites that was provided with an iPhone X for evaluation this week, and reviewer Mark Spoonauer compared Face ID and Touch ID unlocking times with a stopwatch.

    It took 1.2 seconds for Spoonauer to unlock the iPhone X from pressing the side button on the side of the device and another 0.4 seconds to swipe up to get to the lock screen, while getting to the Home screen on an iPhone 7 Plus using Touch ID took 0.91 seconds.

    When using Raise to Wake and swiping up on the display as the iPhone is recognizing a face (as Face ID is meant to be used, according to John Gruber), unlocking was faster at a total of 1.16, but Spoonaeur still found it to be slower than Touch ID.

    In a raw comparison like that, Touch ID seems like the faster unlocking method, but as TechCrunch's Matthew Panzarino points out, in actual day-to-day usage, Face ID has benefits over Touch ID because it's a more streamlined interaction.

    With Touch ID, to do something like open up a notification, you need to tap the notification and then use Touch ID to open the notification, a two step gesture. With Face ID, it recognizes your face as the phone is raised while you're tapping the notification, a quicker, less involved action.

    Panzarino says that while Face ID is slower when placed head to head with Touch ID, it's "much more fluid and faster to actually 'do things.'"

    Face ID is a first-generation technology, and early Touch ID was also much slower than it is today. In the future, Face ID will improve and get much faster, but even in the interim, it seems to be a more natural biometric authentication method that won't require thought or attention once users become accustomed to the way that it works.

    Right now, Face ID is only available to a select number of people who have been provided with early iPhone X review units, but once it launches on Friday, we'll have a much better understanding of just how it works and how it compares to Touch ID in real world usage.

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  2. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    Sounds like possible excuses, but I’ll wait to see the results.
  3. Goldfrapp macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2005
  4. TMRJIJ, Nov 1, 2017
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2017

    TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Waiting for second gen Face ID to be so fast that people complain forcing Apple to change how the you unlock the device
    (For those don’t remember, that happened with Touch ID)
  5. WarHeadz macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2015
    Long Beach, California
    I get what he's saying, when I want to open a notification and I'm forced to put my finger on the TouchID to open it, it's kind of annoying. I'm excited to not have to do that anymore.
  6. Aussi3 macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2012
    Facesticks on the App store
    I think the animation of the padlock is deceiving to how fast Face ID is
  7. 2ilent8cho macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2016
    If Apple sells more of the iPhone 8 than the iPhone X what will Apple do.........
  8. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
    but I thought that this is supposed to be the best and fastest iPhone yet :eek:
  9. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    OMG people just stop already. And watch a real video that isn’t artificially comparing one vs. the other using a stop watch or whatever. :rolleyes:

  10. SoApple macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    Touch ID: pick up your phone and put thumb on reader.
    Face ID: pick up your phone and swipe up.

  11. MrGimper macrumors 603


    Sep 22, 2012
    Andover, UK
    Is there a way to look at the iPhone X without unlocking it, like there is with a TouchID-enabled device?
  12. nerdAFK macrumors 6502


    Apr 24, 2014
  13. gbc204 macrumors regular

    May 9, 2011
    What's most annoying for me is when I have navigation running on Maps, and the phone is locked, and unlocking the phone takes a weirdly long time. I always have to press the home button, and it still takes a couple seconds to register and then it prompts me to use touch ID or the passcode to unlock the phone.
  14. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    FaceID is going to be a resounding, industry-changing hit.
  15. CLS1 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2017
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I see this as the implementation of when touch ID first launched and How it evolved to become much faster as the iPhones were improved. Face ID will be improved and refined as through updates and future iPhones. Face ID is expected to be amended over time.
  17. ackmondual macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2014
    U.S.A., Earth
    Put your finger over the notch, where all of the cameras and sensors Face ID uses are at?
  18. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    We'll see. Seems like touchbar to me so far. Not something better, not something worse. Just different.
  19. WestonHarvey1 macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    You need to factor in the failure rates over a large number of samples to get a fair comparison of time. Touch ID fails for me at least 10% of the time. I then have to stop, try to clean the sensor or dry my hand, try again, have it fail again, give up and then enter my 6 digit PIN. Those incidents last a lot longer than 0.91 seconds, and it happens several times a day.
  20. Rogifan macrumors Core


    Nov 14, 2011
    Yep. The two dumbest complaints with the X so far are that it’s two steps to get into your phone (it’s not, the phone unlocks while you’re swiping up) and with Touch ID you can unlock your phone as you’re pulling it out of your pocket. 1. how many people do that and 2. first world problems. :rolleyes: Coming from a place that has winters I’m glad Touch ID is gone because now I can unlock my phone without having to take my gloves off. I think the people that absolutely need to be able to unlock their phone while it’s still in their pocket will survive. If not, get an 8.
  21. sketdansuu macrumors member


    Oct 14, 2014
  22. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    I would bet there's a 0% chance of that happening.
  23. riverfreak macrumors 65816


    Jan 10, 2005
    Thonglor, Bangkok
    I, for one, am totally psyched to read the flood of threads from real world peeps like my Macrumors brethren posting their reviews and opinions. None of this crazy stopwatch stuff.
  24. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
    Well, of course, it's slow. Apple needs to release something better next year and charge even more money for it.

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