Apple’s Face ID is the most compelling advancement in security I have seen in a very long time

“Every year, as I travel around the security conference circuit, the hallway conversations always turn to the interesting things attendees have seen lately,” Rich Mogull writes for TidBITS. “To be honest, I can’t remember the last time I was excited about a legitimately cool security technology. I see plenty of security evolution, but not much revolution.”

“That is, until my iPhone X arrived on launch day, and I got to try Face ID in real-world usage. Put simply, Face ID is the most compelling advancement in security I have seen in a very long time,” Mogull writes. “It’s game-changing not merely due to the raw technology, but also because of Apple’s design and implementation.”

“In my pre-release article, I wrote: ‘Face ID doesn’t need to be the same as Touch ID — it just needs to work reasonably equivalently in real-world use,'” Mogull writes. “In my personal experience, and for every user I’ve talked with and in every article I’ve read, Face ID’s core usability is equal to or greater than that of Touch ID.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Face ID. It just works.

[Attribution: Daring Fireball. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “petelp” for the heads up.]


  1. It does just work, it’s almost invisible in fact. Had this phone for 13 days and it feels like I don’t even have any security on it, while simultaneously being more secure than anything else I’ve ever owned. I’ve completely forgotten about Touch ID, or why I was worried, and completely forgotten about the home button in general. The iPhone X is just plain awesome, can’t be any more clear about it.

    1. Down voters are entirely missing his point

      When you tap an app that uses touchID, You have to place your finger on the home button and wait for the acknowledgement, before you release. (Else you might release too soon)

      With faceID, you just tap an app and your done, there’s no extra step.

      Now you might say that you have to look at the screeen after tapping, but you’re already looking at the screen

      It really is tap and done, just like no security at all. You’ll really feel the difference when you use it.

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