Remember fingerprint sensors? Of course you do. They’ve been around for many years, however, it was Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor that made iPhone and iPad security easy, convenient, and highly secure. Say goodbye, folks.
Yes, some iPhone users love Touch ID. Even the fingerprint scanner on Samsung’s newer Galaxy models works well, but Apple seems to have gone in whole hog with Face ID’s facial recognition system, so it’s time to say goodbye to fingerprint sensors.
Wait! What? Goodbye? Somebody thinks reports of the fingerprint sensor’s death are highly exaggerated. J.C. Torres is one of those defending the ancient technology:
Samsung’s new Intelligent Scan biometric authentication combines iris and face recognition that is a not so subtle attempt at trying to outdo Apple’s Face ID.
Maybe it flew under the radar because early reports indicate the iris scanner does not work so well. You know, like last year’s Samsung Galaxy smartphones.
This new-old feature is just one part of a movement that’s slowly gaining traction to remove the fingerprint scanner from phones completely. A trend where the cure may be just as bad as the cure.
That doesn’t sound right. Maybe it should be something like “the cure is worse than the disease.”
Differentiation is a key component to product marketing and Samsung is good at talking from both sides of its corporate mouth so anything it can’t copy from Apple must be deemed a superior feature. Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have an analog headphone jack. iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus do not. See? That kind of thing.
Since Samsung continues to have trouble with the iris scanner technology they put both– fingerprint sensor– into a package called Intelligent Scan.
Samsung didn’t exactly introduce revolutionary new sensors for iris or face recognition. What it added, instead, was some smartness where the Galaxy S9 will know which front-facing authentication feature to use.
And that might be exactly where the problem lies.
If for some reason, it fails to identify using a face, it will switch to using the iris scanner and if that fails too, it will try to use a combination of both. This trial and error process happens almost instantaneously, which is actually what Samsung is boasting about.
If it worked all the time. Which it does not. You just know that this year’s key feature differentiation from iPhone X will get ditched in next year’s Galaxy S10 for a facial recognition system that works better.
We see facial recognition systems showing up in other non-Samsung smartphones, too. Why are Android smartphone makers getting rid of the fingerprint sensor?
Unfortunately, not for good reasons. Unlocking with your face might be more convenient, but only if you have the phone lifted up to your face already. It obviously won’t work in any other context or position.
This year. What about next year? Touch ID was very good and Apple rolled it out to iPad and MacBook Pro models, but the future is Face ID– or, rather, some kind of sensor which knows who you are, whether you look straight into iPhone’s screen or not.
The problem is that some seem to be eager to throw out the baby with the bathwater, so to speak. They seem to be saying that the two technologies are mutually exclusive. More expensive together, sure, but not mutually exclusive.
What bothers me about moving away from Touch ID to Face ID so quickly is that Apple still hasn’t upped the security game by incorporating multiple options. How much more secure would an iPhone be with Face ID, Touch ID, Voice ID, and a password. It looks as if Touch ID is gone forever and even Samsung doesn’t seem to think a fingerprint sensor and an iris scanner is as good because it remains another one of those hidden features that likely won’t be around next year.
Why can’t Apple make an iPhone with Face ID, Touch ID, and Voice ID and have them work all at the same time?