iPhone X Face ID can only recognize 1 face

The new Face ID on the Apple iPhone X only supports one face, so it will not be possible to share your phone easily with a family member or a friend.

In contrast, Touch ID, the fingerprint recognition method used in iPhones in the past few years, supports up to 5 different fingerprints, which makes sharing your phone with family members much easier.

Keep in mind that Apple has removed the fingerprint scanner on the iPhone X completely, instead relying on Face ID. The company has said that the chance of a random person cracking Face ID is 1 in a million, while with Touch ID, it's 1 in 50,000. Of course, this percentage would be much lower for relatives or twins who have very similar faces.

We are yet to see how Face ID works in real life as well. On stage, Face ID failed to unlock Craig Federighi's iPhone on the first try, but it was not clear whether this was simply a fail to recognize his face or whether we were dealing with some other issue.

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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. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2275; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Where is the family share feature for iOS11? That is disappointing on many levels as well. I would love to have an account made for only my two sons as they would only access kids apps.

16. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

You guys are acting as if a passcode isn't an option when unlocking the phone.

52. sgodsell

Posts: 7598; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The face I'd will never be as fast or as reliable as the fingerprint scanner. I am waiting for Qualcomms ultrasonic finger print scanner to be implemented on smartphones. Especially since it is suppose to work with wet or while wearing thin plastic gloves. There is so many things that can change on the same human face from day to day. Also don't forget that if you wear a hat, or (sun) glasses, scarfs, beards, mustaches, or forget to cut those nose hairs for a week. Also woman wear different lip sticks, or make their lips look bigger with makeup, and the same holds true for their eyes as well. What if a woman puts too much foundation on?

55. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

Samsung's present FPS which is from Synaptics, can unlock with thin gloves on. I was surprised

58. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

I wonder if Apple face id will work if your face is wet? Cause I take my s8+ in the pool and use the iris scanner to unlock cause of wet and wrinkle fingers

76. AronWunarso

Posts: 245; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Well, on what I remember, it can work in any condition on your face (Not sure if you use thick make up).

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I understand phones have one owner, but how about tablets that have the family using it? I'm pretty sure the next iPad will follow iPhone X.

47. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Btw, the Face ID demo in the Keynote was a FAIL. With something advertised as natural didn't go well the first time it was launched.

59. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

He was sweating too, pressure

68. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

How hilarious!

3. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm guessing they'll implement touch ID embedded in the screen next year. Unlocking the device with your face (no matter what brand of phone we're talking about) is not as smooth of a process as using a fingerprint.

5. Derekjeter

Posts: 1557; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

You are completely right. I’ve said all this time it’s just a gimmick and, it’s a way for them to just be lazy and not work on an embedded finger print scanner on screen.

25. mikehunta727 unregistered

I don't think they were lazy to do it, there was reports of them trying, but the display having brightness issues with it incorporated, the same issues Samsung was having with trying to embed it into the display. We will have our embedded FPS next year though for sure in many devices

75. Furbal unregistered

Yeah loss of brightness on the fp sensor area would be a no go. People complain about unevenness nowadays, imagine the crap storm if there was an ever persistent circle on the bottom of the your

33. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I don't think they were lazy, I think they worked their asses off on it, but like Samsung couldn't overcome the pitfalls in time. Meanwhile, they'd already settled on the almost bezelless design, so they had to come up with a plan B.

56. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

They were not being lazy. If several companies couldn't get it to work good enough to release now, both Apple and Samsung especially, it is simply because the hardware is not ready. Would you prefer some half-bakes BS? Add that to the fact, Schiller said, a couple of the features on the phone were still in beta, but would be released anyways?

77. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

You don't think they are working on it?

17. Subie

Posts: 2427; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

20. mikedemoda

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

it didn't fail, the thing is they didn't unlock the iPhone first so it obviously will ask for passcode before you can use your face, like any phone with fingerprint scanner

22. Subie

Posts: 2427; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Are you saying that he didn't have face id set up? That's a big blunder which the article talks about. Otherwise your post is telling me that you have to unlock your phone to unlock your phone...

78. therealestmc

Posts: 680; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

Maybe you have to type in your pass code first after a restart.

83. ibend2

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

As if they never pratice with that phone or even did any rehearsal before the real event..

35. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I searched for and watched that part and yes, it failed. It was obvious, and people are just making excuses for it.

44. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

LMAO, no, it failed

57. Jolliebee

Posts: 39; Member since: Sep 12, 2017

I looked at the video. I saw what it said on the screen. Based on my experience with Samsung devices, when the face unlock, iris unlock fails, a message pops up asking you to use other methods you a have setup to unlock. Sorry sir, you are wrong!

39. bobby84

Posts: 595; Member since: May 13, 2016

Where are all the samsung haters who knocked their fps placement?? At least we got one lol

67. tedkord

Posts: 17478; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

We've got one, but it's positioned horribly.

19. mikedemoda

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 19, 2010

guess you didn't watch the Keynote yesterday... it's just as fast as Touch ID, plus it's far more secure, so there's no coming back to fingerprint scanner in Apple

24. JK7844

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 20, 2016

I don't see how it's faster than FPS. The phone is usually unlocked as I'm taking out of my pocket..

28. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

I watched the Keynote. You might have a point on Apple not bringing back something (RIP headphone jack) but their presentation of the face unlock wasn't exactly smooth. Even if it works perfectly every time, you still have to hold the device up to your face, then swipe the screen to get to the home screen. When using the fingerprint scanner, I don't have to have the device up to my face (this way I can be stealthy about using my phone in meetings or in discrete places), and it goes to my home screen without any additional swipe. I know all of these are first world problems but you will never convince me that any face unlock (from any given company at this point in time) is better than the fingerprint scanner. Given all of this, I think the best face unlock I've seen is Microsoft's implementation. Obviously it's not on a phone but in regards on how it functions, it's pretty good...even when it's completely dark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0oSdmOxrGg&t=30s

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