How is Face ID working for you

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by familyman, Nov 6, 2017.


How well does Face ID work for you?

  1. Better than Touch ID

    36 vote(s)
  2. About the same as Touch ID

    23 vote(s)
  3. Worse than Touch ID - but good enough

    13 vote(s)
  4. Bad

    1 vote(s)
  1. familyman macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2011
    As a non iPhone X owner, I want some real world feedback on how Face ID has worked in the real world. Is it a pleasant surprise? Is it good enough for you considering the entire package? Are there times that it frustrates you?
  2. AMTYVLE macrumors 6502a


    Sep 23, 2014
    LOVE Face ID when purchasing content from iTunes that require my Credit Card, it will prompt you to double click the power button and it will scan for your face. Very quick and effortless.

    As for unlocking the phone. It has been great for the most part. Sometimes it stumbles in poor lighting and certain angles. I re-did my Face ID yesterday as I shaved my beard since Friday, just wanted a more accurate reading of my face programmed in to the phone. But I do hear Face ID learns your face over time, we'll see.

    I can't wait to use Face ID for Apple Pay. With the Touch ID my finger would be sweaty sometimes when checking out at the register (Florida life) and Apple Pay would fail. Shouldn't have that problem anymore with Face ID!
  3. Mackneezie macrumors regular


    Nov 26, 2011
    Winchester, KY
    Face ID is really neat! It has worked great for me so far, a few mess ups but nothing too crazy. Touch ID failed when I didn't have my thumb positioned correctly sometimes so it's about the same.

    It's so quick I really don't even notice it happening. By the time I look at the lock at the top of the screen it is already unlocked. Can't wait to see what all we will be able to do with Face ID in the near future. :)
  4. BTDUBS macrumors newbie


    May 5, 2015
    Bay Area
    My phone came out a real “winner”. The front camera overheated the phone, Face ID didn’t work, but Apple being Apple, gave me a new phone and I must say that Face ID is a real game changer. I feel good knowing that the five tap on the side button disables it.
  5. fishmd macrumors 68000


    Jun 18, 2008
    Sunny South Florida
    FaceID works really well for me, much better than TouchID ever did. I have however found an issue with getting it to work with my Wayfarer Polarized RayBans. The phone cannot verify me with these sunglasses on. I wonder if it has something to do with the technology and the polarized lense. I have a pair of polarized Oakleys as well that I tried this morning, and that one failed a few times as well at first, but then started to work. I will have to do more testing.
  6. Ntombi macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2008
    Bostonian exiled in SoCal
    I said it was better than Touch ID only because it’s so seamless most of the time.

    My experience with Touch ID was great, I didn’t have a lot of fails, and it was pretty instantaneous.

    But Face ID is even better. It works very quickly almost every single time, and automatic logging into apps like 1Password is phenomenal. I also love the way it hides and then shows notifications on the lock screen.

    And Apple Pay is better, IMO. I ran errands yesterday, and used it in several stores. I much prefer preloading it and then tapping it to the POS system to holding my finger over the home button, which was sometimes awkward.
  7. caesarp macrumors 6502a

    Sep 30, 2012
    It is tremendous. Exceeds all expectations. Never frustrates. Way better than touch ID. More leeway with faceID. No more lining up your finger/thumb on the little circle. Just wake phone - swipe up - Bang, you're in. Even better is apps and websites that use it. Just look at your phone on your app that has a login requirement (which you are doing anyway), and it logs you in. It is very sweet and smooth. Goodbye touch ID.
  8. bkrbyndr macrumors member


    Dec 20, 2014
  9. Damstr macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2016
    Prefer it over TouchID vastly. Perfectly happy with never having to use TouchID again.
  10. jarman92 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2014
    Just as an FYI, you don't need to redo FaceID in this situation. If shaving your beard is so dramatic that FaceID won't unlock, it will prompt you for your passcode. Once you enter it correctly the system will know that the new "faceprint" is actually you and will incorporate that into its model. Ideally hahaha
  11. metalsiren macrumors 6502


    Oct 28, 2017
    I didn’t think I would prefer it over Touch ID. But I do. Who knew

    Also it doesn’t work with one of my pairs of Revo sunglasses but the other pair of Revo is fine lol the other ones are darker that don’t work
  12. jarman92 macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2014
    Have you tried turning off "Require Attention for Face ID"? The sunglasses are probably blocking the IR so the system thinks you aren't looking at the screen.

    I didn't have any issues with my sunglasses but turned the setting off anyway because I found it annoying to have to look at the screen to unlock. You can still use attention-aware features like screen dimming and notification privacy!
  13. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    way better than TouchID, ever. didn't think it would be this easy.
  14. Cutiekitty92 macrumors 68000


    Apr 11, 2015
    I had a problem with it wearing sunglasses but I think just changing this setting will help that. The attention setting. Probably late to the game but I thought I’d share

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  15. Boardiesboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 3, 2013
    Sydney Australia
    Just wondering what everyone's experience is with the speed of unlocking with Face ID.

    I pick my phone up, swipe up immediately and I see the Face ID text and full pad lock unlock animation before it fully unlocks.

    Is that normal or is that slow?
  16. luked14 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2010
    I’ve found Face ID to work in only about 75% of the scenarios where Touch ID would always work.

    It’s most frustrating in the car where I have my phone in a mount. I’m constantly using Waze and Google Maps, as well as taking pictures while driving for my job (real estate). The phone is just far enough away for Face ID to not register my face. I was used to unlocking with my fingerprint and not having to take my eyes off the road while doing so. Face ID is causing a major distraction for me and making my job more difficult.

    I’m considering going back to my 7 for this reason alone.
  17. McBoone macrumors newbie

    Nov 22, 2015
    Love it. I was reluctant going into the X, because I really liked TID. I don’t think I’ve had a failed FID login. Feels faster to me. The phone feels like it doesn’t have a passcode/lock.
  18. clarencek macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2008
    For me it’s worked so much better than expected. So far the only miss has been when I tried to unlock and I was yawning.
    I think the biggest adjustment has been no home button. 10 years of undoing that learned behavior will take some time.
  19. Ayemerica macrumors 65816


    Oct 18, 2011
    Atlantis but in space
    It works as much as touchID with a few exceptions

    1. Laying down in bed / waking up
    2. Bathroom is steamy from shower (this one isn’t really a factor since I could never use touchID right after a shower)
    3. Really bright sun on my face in the car
  20. TechNismo macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2017
    It is slower than Touch ID when unlocking from black screen. But it is more convenient, as you can privatize notifications so only it shows when you look at it. It also does output sound for notification when someone is looking at it, which is nice. Also, since only one Face can be stored, people can't ask to add their face to your phone. It totally your privacy.
  21. spoon72 macrumors regular


    Jul 3, 2011
    Sometime it just don’t work until I need to use pass code to unlock then it work again.

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