The iPhone X has no fingerprint scanner (Touch ID) at all. How do you feel about that?

The fingerprint scanner is an almost ubiquitous feature if we talk about recent high-end (and even mid-range) smartphones. Even so, as you probably already know, Apple decided that its iPhone X will be just fine without it. Thus, there's no fingerprint sensor anywhere on the new smartphone. 


Previous rumors had it that Apple could try to embed a fingerprint scanner into the 5.8-inch Super Retina screen of the iPhone X, since the device has no physical home button. In the end, that didn't happen. Nevertheless, the iPhone X obviously does come with an authentication feature: Face ID


Relying on the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera, Face ID is presented by Apple as "a powerful and secure authentication system," including for Apple Pay. The system projects and analyzes over 30,000 invisible dots in order to create a precise map of your face, even when it's dark (thanks to infrared light). Apple says that there is "1 in a million probability of a random person unlocking your iPhone with Face ID." Still, both Face ID and Touch ID would have certainly provided increased security on the iPhone X.


Assuming you're thinking of buying an iPhone X (or maybe you've already pre-ordered one), how do you feel about it not having a fingerprint scanner at all? Vote in our poll below, and feel free to also chime in in the comments section.

How do you feel about the iPhone X not having a fingerprint scanner?

I'm OK with that
Having both Touch ID and Face ID would have been better
The lack of Touch ID is a dealbreaker for me

Related phones

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. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

The touch ID is going to be a big failure, Iris scanner is faster and more secure yet no one talks about it.

3. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No one talks about it because it isn't better and a whole lot of people simply don't like it.

25. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

Well i think he was meaning to say Face ID vs an Iris Scanner. The Iris Scanner is more secure because, no one will have your eyes, even a twin. Both of your own eyes Re not identical. Eyes can be masked and duplicated like a face can be. A face can be printwd with 3 camera shots of a face feom all sides and printed with a 3D printer.

45. imran86

Posts: 208; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

Thanks for the correction, i meant to say Face ID.

30. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

"But, but, daddy apple said we don't need touch id", don't break iSheep's heart.

59. Xilam unregistered

They also said you don’t need a physical keyboard on mobile device - a few years later... they were right.

68. Rishi17

Posts: 98; Member since: Sep 22, 2016

LMFAO, iSheeps are just ready to bend over every time Apple asks them to, Son, apple wasn't the first touch screen mobile maker, it goes way back.

72. iushnt

Posts: 3105; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

Not related at all. Poor post

36. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I would have orrfrrre to have both but the fingerprint sensor has its own problems. It didn’t work with gloves and wet or greasy fingers. I find myself wiping fingers a lot just to unlock the phone, a problem I will not have with Face ID or iris scanner. They both have advantages and disadvantages.

62. jacky899

Posts: 431; Member since: May 16, 2017

The Iris scanner on my Note 8 and previous Note 7 is crap. Need to look at it at a correct angle and takes time to focus. The face recognition on the Note 8 is slightly faster but still works poorly. Doesn't work in some lighting conditions and definitely not in the dark. At least the Note 7 had a good location for the fingerprint scanner. The Note 8's fingerprint location is god awful. I end up using the passcode. I haven't tried the Iphone X's Face ID yet but from what I heard it should be instantaneous, works from different angles and even in the dark.

76. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The iris scanner on my Note 8 is fast and accurate. Just a quick glance and I'm in. The only issues I've found with this phone is the position of the fingerprint scanner (though it's fast and accurate, too) , and the external speaker could be better.

84. mikehunta727 unregistered

I find looking at the red circle light directly helps with it Also the fingerprint scanner location is not as bad as I thought it would be. With a case it's pretty easy to hit, better than I thought, not optimal but not terrible And yup really looking forward to Samsung finally implementating steteo speakers next year

85. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Do you know something I don't? I've been calling for them to put front facers in for years, but I didn't hear anything about next year. I can reach the FPS, but it's still a stupid, stupid design.

89. mikehunta727 unregistered

It's alot harder to use the FPS caseless... Not terrible with a case on.. And no I don't have anything concrete on them putting stereo speakers in finally, but after a few years now of us asking them to include it, and especially with this year with us and reviewers criticizing Samsung on not having it when Pixel 2 and iPhone 7/8 do, I think S9 will finally come with them. A lot of reviewers mentioned it and we have been asking, but yeah I do believe next year finally we will get it, especially that since Pixel 2 has it now and iPhone 8 and etc

90. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The iPhone doesn't actually have them, only one fires forward. I didn't even know the pixel did, I haven't paid any attention to it.

41. scarface21173

Posts: 693; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

They dropped it as it always comes down to cost.

51. matistight

Posts: 987; Member since: May 13, 2009

Nope. You've never used it before. It isnt about security, it is all about convenience, and Iris scanning on the S8 plus is horrible. The face scanning is faster and easier to use on the S8+ when compared to iris scanner.

54. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

I don't see how the Iris scanner is faster than FaceID. Don't you have to aim your eyes into a very narrow field in front of the phone? That's hard and takes a lot of time and effort.

77. tedkord

Posts: 17358; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Its not hard, you just look at the top of the phone, unlocked.

58. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Faster is not true at all. When I get my phone put of my pocket,my finger is already on the fps even before I look at the screen. TouchID already has proven itself over the years, how is it a failure all of a sudden

92. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I've been using IS on the S8 and Note 8 and no, it's no way faster than TouchID or other mobile fingerprint scanners on the market right now, especially when it's dark

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Straight dealbreaker, no home button and no touch id=dead!

82. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

In smartphone as general, if you are using fingerprint security since day one it will be a deal breaker. It's more convenient, period. But if you're coming from a phone with no fps, like iPhone 5/c or older Androids then the iPhone X is a welcome. But seriously, home button is really useful. Why ditch it? Samsung went thru physical to virtual home buttons. And swiping requires more effort than just a simple tap.

4. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

You miss one. I don't care about iPhones...

6. Florin.T

Posts: 316; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

Not caring about iPhones and yet reading articles about iPhones is weird.

7. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014


13. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I would never buy an iPhone in the foreseeable future, but I love tech and I like reading all articles related to tech... Not sure about him though. Now, regarding the topic of the article, it sucks that they drop a popular, functional feature, for a different one that might bring new issues

15. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Well you guys write tons of articles about android, even though its very obvious most of you dislike it....did it occur to you, that one can find it interesting to see what apple users think of this issue. Without me caring about it at all, as I'll never own an iPhone.....

29. Subie

Posts: 2367; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

The difference is, they get paid to write those articles about all the phone tech regardless of which ecosystem they prefer. Whereas, we don't get paid to read them and have the freedom to read or not to read...

47. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

And apparently not all can comprehend what they read.

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