Using a fingerprint, by the time I'm looking at the phone it's already unlocked: facial recognition seems to be a step back from that, because I need to look at the phone before it opens.Again, nope. This was a big concern ahead of the the iPhone X's unveiling for people who value convenience over security. As I covered in a recent article, there are two different settings that determine exactly how Face ID will work. If they're both disabled you do not, in fact, need to be looking at the iPhone X in order to unlock it. In that scenario, the system should work as I described back in August. I haven't tested it myself — again, no one outside of Apple has — but the statement that "I need to look at the phone before it opens" is false. The remainder of the article is about a general fear of the proliferation of facial recognition across different industries and scenarios. These are valid concerns once again, but they have little to do with the iPhone X. In the end, the bottom line is this: Face ID might be awful. It might be incredible. Or it might be somewhere in between. No one, including the author of ZDNet's peculiar blog post, will know until the phone is released next month.
I have a Twitter list packed with about 100 different tech news sources, and it's pretty much the only thing I use Twitter for these days. I check it periodically throughout the day, but it's most useful to me when I first wake up each morning because I scroll through it and read every headline of every article that was posted overnight. When I find things that look interesting, I save them (with Instapaper, which I still use and love) and read them later when I get to my desk.
As I scrolled through my feed early this morning, I saw a baity headline that I scoffed at and scrolled right past. But then I saw it again. And again. That's right, ZDNet's account tweeted this article three times in the span of just a few hours. After the third pass, I finally relented and tapped. I'll never get those 120 seconds of my life back, so now I'm taking you down with me, dear readers. Let's take a stroll through "Sorry Apple, but I just can't face using Face ID" together.
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