iPhone X Face ID

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Does it work in the same was as Touch ID for opening Apps? For example, all the apps that can be unlocked/logged into using Touch ID, is it the same but just looking at the phone rather than putting a fingerprint on the home button? Have many banks taken it onboard or will moving away from the home button be a regression when it comes to logging into internet banking, ie. back to entering codes rather than a simple fingerprint?

Does the screen show your face (like the selfie camera does) whenever you use FaceID to unlock anything?
 

jagfan

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Face ID is one of my favorite features. Like it much better than Touch ID. Works very well with the 2 apps I use that can be unlocked with Face ID. So much easier, as least for me.
 
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Mercenary

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Yes, MOST apps support faceID but the app has to be updated to allow it. Here in the UK I believe most banking apps have adopted it.

No, it does not show your face. It just works and I have to say all my scepticism is gone, the thing is great and works wonders.

Any reservations anyone had about FaceID should forget it. The thing is damn near perfect and fast.
 

Tom G.

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Face ID seems to work faster with opening apps than it does opening the phone. I can’t say if it works with all bank apps but it does with mine (which is a relatively small bank.). Also it works with my 1 Password app which is very handy. Since it works so well with my banking app it has led me to use a muck more sophisticated password.

Lastly, I grew to really appreciate Face ID on my iPhone X, but it seems to be substantially faster and more efficient and smooth at what it does on my iPhone XS Max.
 

jamezr

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Lastly, I grew to really appreciate Face ID on my iPhone X, but it seems to be substantially faster and more efficient and smooth at what it does on my iPhone XS Max.
Face ID on my Xs Max is so much faster and efficient. It works where my X would not work. If i put on a hat and sunglasses the X would fail every time no matter how many rescans I did. But the Xs Max picks it up and works without issue.
 

DaveyVigs

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What about buying apps or things. Like if you accidentally click buy with Touch ID you can use a different finger to cancel or double click the button and kill the app. Would I just have to cover the camera real fast to not buy it? Or is there some sort of confirm buy button before using the Face ID.
 

tromboneaholic

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What about buying apps or things. Like if you accidentally click buy with Touch ID you can use a different finger to cancel or double click the button and kill the app. Would I just have to cover the camera real fast to not buy it? Or is there some sort of confirm buy button before using the Face ID.
You have to double click the lock button on the side to confirm a purchase in the App Store.
 

blwade

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I believe any app that had Touch ID enabled automatically works with Face ID.

It works great and I love it. I was excited about the technology last year, but held out until this year to upgrade!
 
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sppunk

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I’m new to Face ID and my biggest complaint at the moment is it doesn’t work unless you hold the phone a decent distance from your face. I’m legally blind and have to hold the phone close to see it so it’s a little annoying.
 
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Ifti

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I believe any app that had Touch ID enabled automatically works with Face ID.
This is correct - some apps still have 'Touch ID' written on the login but automatically use Face ID. I don't think its the app that has to support it - it just works everywhere where Touch ID used to work.

When it comes to purchases, you tap the 'BUY' button and then have to double press the power button before it will authorise the Face ID scan and purchase.
 

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New to Face ID and the think I miss from the button for Touch ID when i have my phone on a holder in my car. If I need to start Waze or Google Maps I need to take it from the holder so it is closer to my face otherwise I need to type the password.
 

MEJHarrison

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I’m new to Face ID and my biggest complaint at the moment is it doesn’t work unless you hold the phone a decent distance from your face. I’m legally blind and have to hold the phone close to see it so it’s a little annoying.
Some people had the same issue last year with contacts / glasses. It worked fine when wearing them, but wouldn't work without them. Finally, someone came to the conclusion that they were holding it too close because they couldn't see the screen otherwise. The only advice I can give is hold it further away while unlocking. I'm sure that's quite annoying, but I've never heard a better solution. Once it's unlocked of course, you would naturally move it closer to see.
 

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New to Face ID and the think I miss from the button for Touch ID when i have my phone on a holder in my car. If I need to start Waze or Google Maps I need to take it from the holder so it is closer to my face otherwise I need to type the password.
My wife wears glasses, but not when she's on the phone. She has to hold it close to see and has the same issue. I think she was able to improve it be rescanning her face with the phone close to her face like she was holding it when trying to unlock
 

unobtainium

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Does it work in the same was as Touch ID for opening Apps? For example, all the apps that can be unlocked/logged into using Touch ID, is it the same but just looking at the phone rather than putting a fingerprint on the home button? Have many banks taken it onboard or will moving away from the home button be a regression when it comes to logging into internet banking, ie. back to entering codes rather than a simple fingerprint?

Does the screen show your face (like the selfie camera does) whenever you use FaceID to unlock anything?
Quite a few banking apps still ask you if you want to “enable Touch ID” when you first set them up. No mention of Face ID. Others have seamlessly updated to Face ID so it’s a crapshoot.
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I’m new to Face ID and my biggest complaint at the moment is it doesn’t work unless you hold the phone a decent distance from your face. I’m legally blind and have to hold the phone close to see it so it’s a little annoying.
You should not hold the TrueDepth camera too close to your face. There are safety guidelines for that.

Have you tried using Accessibility features to zoom the display?
 

cappo3

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My banking app keeps asking to activate TouchID and then does not work with FaceID. It's frustrating. It is the only app I use that have this issue though, so no big deal.
 

mcmanus7

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For those having issues with glasses vs no glasses have you set up an alternate appearance on the phone?

I wear glasses all the time except for in bed. I found that the odd time it wouldn't unlock without my glasses on. So I set up an alternate appearance without my glasses on and now it works all the time.
 

sppunk

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Quite a few banking apps still ask you if you want to “enable Touch ID” when you first set them up. No mention of Face ID. Others have seamlessly updated to Face ID so it’s a crapshoot.
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You should not hold the TrueDepth camera too close to your face. There are safety guidelines for that.

Have you tried using Accessibility features to zoom the display?
Yeah unfortunately Apple eliminated the Zoomed Display in the X/Xs. I do have large fonts but it doesn’t touch every app / website unfortunately like zoom does.

I’m very happy with it it’s just a little inconvenient that I hope they can correct at some point.
 
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