So Apple is Killing Touch ID?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rhyzome, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. rhyzome macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    It appears the iPhone X doesn't use Touch ID. Face ID is nifty, but do you expect Apple to roll out Face ID in the other devices soon (iPads, MacBook Pros, etc)? When? Will Apple also eliminate Touch ID from the other devices?
  2. pmontanarella macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
  3. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    I think it will be a year or two, but they won't admit they made a mistake and go back, so Touch ID will die out. Probably the 8 and 8+ were the last iDevices that will be introduced with it.
  4. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    I don't think they're getting rid of it. I have a feeling they'll bring it back once the in-screen Touch ID can be figured out and implemented properly.
  5. Shadowbech macrumors 601

    Oct 18, 2011
    Planet iPhone
    Nada, I don't think Apple will get rid of it anytime soon. Maybe few years down the road. But as above, I'd like to see it implemented into the screen.
  6. pmontanarella macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    Vancouver, Canada
    This is the core problem. Touch ID is as good as dead because reviving it is an admission of error on Apple's part. The last nail on the coffin was the slide claiming Face ID is supposedly 20 times safer than Touch ID.
  7. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    ip 8 still has it, right? otherwise, they would of killed id touch from lower tier.
  8. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a


    Mar 12, 2008
    Queens, NY
    what you saw tuesday was the introduction of an entirely new level of iPhone product and apple is known for not keeping redundancy across its products. Touch ID probably still has a future (for example as various POS worldwide may have to be updated to support it) and you will now see not only a new big and small iPhone each year but also a pro iPhone with a beta tester's price to match.
  9. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020


    Feb 15, 2015
    And how would you explain it to the public as to why the $1000 iPhone X didn't have touch ID?
  10. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    They'll bring it back with the headphone jack... in a parallel universe.

    In this universe, Tim Cook spent 15 minutes on stage explaining why facial recognition is better than fingerprint. They literally said it was better than touch and it was the future.
  11. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don't think touch ID will be the primary anymore after that iPhone X. Face ID I believe will be the new primary as it continues To evolve and mature. Apple seems to be clear in the direction they are moving with why they believe Face ID is the future.
  12. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    faceID is going to stay, because the hardware can be used for other things than authentication.

    while touchID does just one thing and is using alot of space for it.

    i don't see it coming back.
  13. ascender macrumors 68020


    Dec 8, 2005
    But its not dead? If it was, it wouldn't be available on the iPhone 8, the other handsets in their lineup or the MBP. I don't see any reason why they can't have both systems available given the framework in the OS is the same.

    We're all aware of the rumours around getting TouchID working on the iPhone X. But there were also rumours where the TouchID sensor was getting moved to the back and there's also the possibility that Apple being Apple like a challenge and believe they can improve the state of facial recognition and become the gold standard for it like they did with TouchID.

    I suspect the truth is an amalgam of all of those things. Plus, its another thing where they're damned if they do, damned if they don't. There's been people wondering why Apple haven't done facial recognition before now, but some people would never be happy.

    I think TouchID is a near perfect implementation of a system. I can also see some potential advantages to the facial tracking that's going on and I can see some times where its going to be a quicker way of checking for notifications without even touching your phone.

    If the Apple Watch didn't exist, i'd be much more gutted about losing TouchID as its the integration with Apple Pay and contactless payment which is the big time saver for me. Contactless payment is supported so widely in the UK that I use it multiple times every day, but I now use my watch for that which only needs the watch to be unlocked/authenticated.
  14. pat500000 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2015
    If true, then toucj id was a great feature.
  15. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    They didn't explain why they removed it, why would they have to explain why they're adding it?
  16. creamz macrumors member


    Feb 2, 2015
    Totally agree. This will be the future. Anyway I think both will work together in the end. Just don't put a fingerprint scanner at the back of the phone!
  17. FrancoisC macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2009
    Montreal, Qc
    FaceID can also be integrated on iMacs if you think about it!
  18. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    No one here can answer your question. Only Apple can.

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