Do you trust the iPhone X's Face ID?

When Apple introduced the iPhone X, the fact that the fingerprint-reading Touch ID had been entirely replaced by the face-scanning Face ID tech raised some eyebrows. Still, Apple insisted that the new biometric scanner is ultimately more convenient and very secure. There's a one in a million chance that there's a random person, somewhere in the world, who can unlock your phone with their face.

Fair enough, Apple. But what are the numbers if we are not talking about random people around the globe, but a planned, direct attempt at the unlocking of our phone? Since the iPhone X dropped, people have been experimenting with Face ID, some looking for its limits, others entirely out to trick it. And some have, allegedly, succeeded — with the help of masks and stubborn effort.

All that said, we do recall a time when hackers were also spoofing the Touch ID fingerprint scanner by making dummy fingers to trick it. Sure, if an evil-doer has the time, know-how, and resources, no phone is 100% safe. But, being the new kid on the block, we thought we'd ask you what you think of Face ID?

Do you trust Face ID to keep your phone secure?

Not in the slightest!
I have my doubts it's completely secure, but I'd still use it
I have no issue trusting it completely

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8" 1125 x 2436 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 7 MP front
  • Processor Apple A11 Bionic, Hexa-core, 2390 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 2716 mAh(21h 3G talk time)



1. Tipus

Posts: 906; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Do you feel lucky? :)

34. Lumbergh

Posts: 463; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

I don't trust this innacurate poll lol

39. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

Yep this poll along with any others are completely flawed. The Samsung guys who don't even own an Iphone will just come in and vote for whichever option makes Apple look the worst.

50. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

And how many iPhoneX users visit this site and vote for this poll? I guess it will be less than 5 legit iPhone X's owner around here

54. Master_Oogway

Posts: 104; Member since: Oct 06, 2016

FaceID can easily be cracked by thousands of wax sculptors in the world and 3D printers because they can create exact replica of your face including every muscle, wrinkles and even pimples....

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1366; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

This is more for an iPhone user to say since I do not have the device I can't comment on its particular implementation of facial recognition. All I can say is that I prefer a FPS since I really have no clue if my likeness is really not being shared with other vendors or governmental entities. And Yes I know that can also apply for my finger print but that was already out there when I entered the wold as an infant I had my feet print registered and as a young toddler my prints were taken at the local library for id should I go missing. Not much I could do about that. However, what I look like now either shaven or non shaven short hair or long hair , Glasses or non glasses I don't care to share with advertisers and such. I know that it's been said that that info is not shared and stays on the device but I learn that in tech-politics never trust what they tell you. To many breaches and hacks just say other wise.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7601; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think you are missing the point on whether you feel safe and secure that Apple has your face information. Apple can say that the data only stays on the device. But let's get real for a moment. iPhones can get hacked. Not to mention jailbreaked. So if you feel safe that your information only stays on the iPhone. Then that is great for you. Others can think otherwise. Oh, and you don't have to have an iPhone X to see that.

27. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Nothing Will ever be perfectly safe. At the same time the fbi could not get into the iPhone.

33. caesantos

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

The FBI can not... but a twin can, LOL!

36. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

I guess your reaction is normal. When Apple introduced Touch ID, the people were the same. Now, a few years later, nobody wants to miss a FPS. In three years it will be the same with Face ID even though I hope the FPS under displays comes. Imagine the combination of FPS and Face ID. This would be quite secure I guess.

3. jellmoo

Posts: 2660; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I neither trust it nor distrust it. I just think it's impractical compared to a FPS.

4. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Exactly, It's not a matter of do I trust it or not, it's simply a matter of it's not my preferred method of unlocking a phone. I hate Samsung, but they at least give their users several options to go between... Oddly enough, my wife has the S8 and still uses a 4 digit pin code...

5. mikehunta727 unregistered

I use a 6 PIN code and mix of iris/FPS on my Note 8. Love this combo

7. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

FPS, I just want the damn thing to unlock right away. lol ... Wait, are you telling me that it requires all three to unlock, not just one of those three options? Because if that's the case then you must be hiding some really interesting stuff on your phone.

11. mikehunta727 unregistered

No I can use either option, I don't have to use all 3 to get in lol. I keep a 6 PIN code because thats recommended and would make brute forcing it open much harder than a 4 PIN code I mainly use the iris scanner and FPS. Iris scanner works fairly well although the angled pick up range is somewhat strict I just like to lock my doors man lol And I registed my 2 pointer fingers two times each on my Note and it works pretty well, I do have a case on it so hitting and reaching the FPS is not bad at all with this soft rubbery silicone case I just wouldn't want anyone to ever get in my phone if it ever got stolen or someone accesing my phone when they shouldnt be

22. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Face ID does unlock right away.

26. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Then requires a swipe up, an extra step. I can get into my phone faster and easier than any iPhone X user. Now, whether that little extra inconvenience is a deal breaker is up to each individual, but let's no pretend it's the same thing.

37. mikehunta727 unregistered

You can swipe up before Face ID starts scanning your face. It is faster getting in than with my iris scanner/fingerprint on my Note 8

43. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, it isn't. I've got the phone unlocked by the time it comes out of my pocket. Even if you swipe up first, you still have to bring the phone up to your face before it unlocks.

46. mikehunta727 unregistered

Reread what you said. You said that you need to first put the phone to your face than swipe up, you don't have to do that, you can double tap to wake/swipe up than and it scans, you don't need to wake the device first than let it scan your face and than swipe up in that order And Face ID in my testing definitely works a lot better than Iris scanner in terms of having a much better angled pick up range, I got to keep my phone upright straight and look at the top of the display to get the Iris scanner working consistently, not a very generous range of angled pickup for the Iris scannet You can train Face ID awkward angles on the lock screen and it learns your faces from more awkward angles vs the initial setup process, people have trained Face ID to work with their motorcycle helmets on and visor off. The fingerprint scanner on the Note 8 is pretty skinny and slim and requires you to really lay your finger flat on it too for it to work consistently. But at least it still has one unlike the X so I switch off between using both I'm used to it now but it is what it is. Iris scanner next year definitely could improve on its angled pickup range

48. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm not saying that it doesn't, I was comparing fingerprint scanner to other methods used to unlock a phone, and Face ID only works if you're looking right at it, what if I'm wanting to use the phone more discreetly? like during a meeting or mid conversation with family at a restaurant? I don't want to hold the phone out in front of my face and momentarily give it my full attention.

25. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I don’t think that Apple intended to give up on the fingerprint scanner. I hope not atliest because I would like the option to use either. But I don’t think they thought putting it on the back was a good idea. Also there Face ID worked well. I still think it does. Apple still slows you to use the code without Face ID. Also just my opinion I think that outing the fingerprint scanner on the side is way better then the back

49. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, that's just a personal preference, I personally love where it's been placed on the back of the Nexus and Pixel phones, It's right where you finger falls naturally, so you don't have to even think about unlocking your phone, you simply have to pick it up and that's it.

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Finger print scanner > face ID. More secure and a lot more convenient.

12. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

It would be nice if they were able to retain the FP scanner as an option but face ID is actually more convenient.

17. Phullofphil

Posts: 1832; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I agree I like using the Face ID better than the fingerprint. If you want more secure than use the number code.

21. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's not, though. With the FPS, you can have the phone unlocked before you even bring it to your face. For instance, my finger goes right to do sensor as I'm pulling it out of my pocket. It's unlocked by the time I look at it. With Face ID, you've got to line it up correctly with your face, then when it unlocks, swipe up. It's less convenient.

29. midan

Posts: 3124; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Face ID in everyday use is better, you are only talking about unlocking your device. Everytime when i need touch ID for something, it asks my attention to touch the FPS, with Face ID it already did the scan before i even noticed, this happened to me quite many times. "With Face ID, you've got to line it up correctly with your face" This is wrong, just use your phone normally and it will open, Im very surprised how well it works from different angles. You don't even have to be front of your phone. For example you can use laptop and have phone next to it and just turn your eyes to phone direction and it will unlock.

44. tedkord

Posts: 17479; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I've read the reviews and and seen the YouTube videos. The phone needs to be a lined up and a certain distance range. Even Apple had admitted this.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31624; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's actually less convenient. More steps, plus lineup involved.

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