The Mincey Clan and the Mincey Plantation have more than our fair share of Apple devices that have Touch ID. We like Touch ID because each device can reserve an easy access fingerprint for me, the Mincey System Administrator.
Face ID for iPhone X is limited to a single face to ID. I get it that Apple has incorporated plenty of advanced technology into the Notch and Face ID– in my experience and that of other aforementioned members of the Mincey Clan, it works very well– but the option to add another face to Face ID is a feature whose time has come.
When? Think iOS 12, sometime in early fall 2018, shortly before new iPhones with Face ID will ship to replace iPhone X.
So far, this second face in Face ID is called Alternative Appearance but it shows up in Face ID settings on the recently released iOS 12 beta versions. Not only will Face ID continue to learn about your face– think unshaven, or lack of make up– but the option to include a second, or, alternative face can make it easier from someone else– someone you trust– to access your iPhone.
Let’s give some thought to the implications of multiple face Face ID.
Not only does that option help to improve Face ID’s recognition of you vs. your evil twin, it also should allow for someone you trust (if you’re the evil twin, you would trust your good twin, right?) to access your iPhone or iPad.
Yes, of course.
Everyone knows already that Face ID is a big hit, that Face ID is better than anything on Android smartphones or Windows-based PCs, and so good that Apple doesn’t mind replacing the much beloved Touch ID with new tech that has far more uses (Animoji, Memoji come to mind).
So, ipso facto and alakazam. 2018 should be a location on the space time continuum when iPad gets Face ID. Maybe that’s why Apple hasn’t introduced any new Macs for awhile. Goodbye, Touch ID. Hello, Face ID.
Now, if only Apple would put multi-user capability into iOS. Hey, the Mac has had it since the last century. iPad is a perfect candidate for both multi-Face ID and multi-user capability.