iPhone X Is it me, or does Face ID suck? [MERGED]

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by saxman211, Apr 16, 2018.

  1. saxman211 macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2010
    So I have to be honest... I finally broke down and got the iPhone X... I'm coming from a 5s... So it was kind of overdue for me to get a new phone... While I think the new iPhone X is cool... I have to admit ID is pretty horrible compared to the touch ID. It's a step backwards. There were so many situations where it was easy to open my phone with Touch ID, where it's hard to open it with Face ID. And there are a too many situations where I just can't open the phone at all (because it doesn't recognize me...) unless I use my password... I'm disappointed... Is apple really getting rid of touch ID forever? Or are they going to introduce it back into the glass of the next iPhone? Also, can this face ID be improved with a software update? Or am I stuck with it like it is?
  2. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Touch ID is not rumored for any iPhone future models and they have stated Face ID is their future.

    No, Apple is not using touch ID under the display, Craig Federighi Confirmed they already experimented with that and that was Plan B, and Face ID was the primary option.


    Being you just purchased your iPhone X, Face ID does progressively become better through the machine learning process, when it reverts to your password, it does _re-learn_ your face, which should increase the success rate of unlocking your iPhone.

    Also, What you can do, is disable attention awareness, and that will allow Face ID to not search for your eyes when unlocking your phone.
  3. Breezygirl macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2011
    It sucks, I’m always having to put in my passcode, everything is slower.
  4. adamhenry macrumors 68000


    Jan 1, 2015
    On the Beach
    It works great for me. I use it with RTW and its like having a phone that never locks.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Clearly OP, you can see the difference between these two posts how everybody will have opposing views with Face ID either working to their expectation or not at all.
  6. Shark5150 macrumors 65816


    Sep 24, 2014
    I don't think it sucks. Works great for me. Reliable and fast. Gets better over time.
  7. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68020


    Aug 19, 2017
    Works way better than touchid for me. You have gen1 touchid which is awful, gen2 is definitely better as far as failed attempts
  8. Falhófnir macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Honestly it seems a bit creepy to me and is the major sticking point stopping me from thinking seriously about the X as an upgrade... I guess as it’s what’s on offer for the foreseeable future models I have to weigh up using a passcode or leaving iPhones behind altogether against my dislike of the tech.
  9. Fille84 macrumors regular

    Aug 6, 2013
    Face ID is better. Never fails for me. TouchID was many times a pain in the ass, worse than many fingerprint-scanners on Androids.
  10. Calebt59 macrumors member

    Oct 6, 2013
    Face iD works great for me, definitely won't be going back to touch iD.
  11. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I can’t remember the last time mine failed me.
  12. saltd macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2010
    I wouldn’t rule out a faulty FaceID sensor. The amount of difficulty you’re having is abnormal.
  13. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    I love mine. Occasionally when I'm laying down in bed with the lights off it fails but that being said when my finger was wet or had a glove on etc my TouchID wouldn't work either, so neither is perfect.. however my FaceID fail rate is MUCH lower. It's seriously awesome how it hides notifications too until you unlock it with your face.
  14. ssl0408 macrumors 65816

    Sep 22, 2013
    New York
    I wouldn’t say that it sucks, but I like Touch ID and would prefer that on the X. It’s so annoying having to hold it just right to get it to open. I have to enter my password at least five times a day. Not as reliable for me.
  15. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011

  16. cashville2400 macrumors regular


    Nov 29, 2011
    I don't understand why they can't just put Face Id and Touch Id both on the new iPhones.
  17. saxman211 thread starter macrumors regular


    Jun 12, 2010
    For the price of the phone, they should've....
  18. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    They wouldn't offer the edge-to-edge experience that they want to offer in a phone like iPhone X?
  19. Yogosans14 macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2017
    North Carolina
    The Touch ID on my iPhone 8 Plus almost never fails I love it so fast.

    But Face ID may be a bit slower but let’s be real it’s a first world problem. You’ll get used to it.
  20. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Just return it. Why put yourself through the horror, just return it.

    If mine did not work I would return mine but it works 99% of the time.
  21. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    True, others on tech forums tend to be overly particular about Face ID or inappropriately compare touch ID to Face ID , which they are two different forms of biometric security, but face ID isn’t something that can’t improve, because it will over time, as does most technological things related.
  22. tarsins macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2009
    Do we HAVE to have yet another one of these threads?
  23. Raist3001 macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2012
    Right behind you
    I hear your pain. I struggle with FaceID as well. As far as I am concerned, this version of FaceID is not superior to Gen2 of TouchID. I wish many times that Apple had stuck with implementing TouchID under the display as they were heavily rumored to do, and gave FaceID another year or two of development. But yes, TouchID will be a forgotten feature on all 2018 iPhone's.
    Maybe, but doubtful.
  24. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
    I'd say it works about 95% of the time, for me. In a well lit environment, it never fails. In low light conditions I've had a couple of instances where I had to type in my pin. However, it has also worked just about every time when it's pitch black in my bedroom and I put the phone in front of my face. It's been pretty amazing really.

    Coming from the Pixel 2 XL with a blazing fast fingerprint scanner, I've actually been quite impressed with the iPhone X face ID. My only gripe is that it's often quite slow to unlock, compared to the Pixels fingerprint scanner. But I think with some software tweaks, Apple can improve the unlock time.

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