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 ifwe talk about recent high-end (and even mid-range) smartphones. Even so, as youprobably already know, Apple decided that its iPhone X will be justfine without it. Thus, there's no fingerprint sensor anywhere on the new smartphone. 


Previous rumors had it that Apple could try to embed afingerprint scanner into the 5.8-inch Super Retina screen of the iPhone X, since the device has nophysical home button. In the end, that didn't happen. Nevertheless, the iPhoneX obviously does come with an authentication feature: Face ID


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


Assuming you're thinking of buying an iPhone X (or maybeyou've already pre-ordered one), how do you feel about it not having afingerprint scanner at all? Vote in our poll below, and feel free to also chime inin 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 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



95. spunkymunky08330

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I have the new X but I really miss the fingerprint scan. I find the facility recognition doesn’t work well in really low light.

93. hamaidx

Posts: 100; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Ask Tim as he knows how exactly he feels when his wife found out about his jock's missing!!!

91. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

What’s the point of a Touch ID if it is placed in the wrong place like on Samsung phones? Since Apple wasn’t able to ended the Touch ID under the screen it had to come up with a new technology which is the Face ID.

86. FeloniusMonk

Posts: 18; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

It sucks. Face ID is unreliable. Fingerprint ID is fast and reliable. I wouldn't mind if Apple had both, but removing FPS is stupid.

81. midan

Posts: 3261; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why people are so afraid about tech they haven't used? This exact same stuff said about touch ID and now every phone has it. Apple have used Face ID for long time already and they know it works. If they removed Touch ID you know the Face ID works great. Just give it time and in 2-3 years we find it from every phone just like fingerprint scanner.

83. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nobody said this about the FPS. The only concerns were privacy concerns about fingerprints. No one said it would be more inconvenient than a password or pattern, or would be inaccurate. We don't need to give it 2-3 years, lots of phones have had facial Id for quite a few years. And when they did, and Apple didn't, we heard Apple fans talking about how stupid people would look staring at their phones to unlock them.

87. midan

Posts: 3261; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"we heard Apple fans talking about how stupid people would look staring at their phones to unlock them." It looks stupid with Android phones because you have to lift your phone unnatural high to use facial recognition. With iPhone no-one will going to see that you are using it.

88. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, you don't. My goodness, you twist reality like a pretzel.

79. epdm2be

Posts: 836; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

At the rate that tech-companies are removing features from phones it wont be long before future smartphones will become like featureless cellphones, with no ports, no buttons, just a simple slab of glass with a touchscreen. Hmmmm.... I think I'm gonna stay in 2016 for awhile. ;-)

75. sunnyfpy

Posts: 297; Member since: May 12, 2013

Just another Foolish fad!

69. Monty007

Posts: 49; Member since: Mar 21, 2017

Super retina display ? Lmao

65. deleon629 unregistered

Can someone please tell me what Apple stands to lose by taking away yet another feature? If the general public fell for the gimmick of taking away the advancement of nearly every feature (tiny headphones with no lines, no headphone jack, sub-par screen quality, no customization, etc.), why the f^€k would they care if there's no touch ID?

53. irossdrummer

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 17, 2015

Why not have a fingerprint scanner on the apple logo or something? Samsung's placement is s**tty but they still found a way to fit it in..

52. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Multiple choices is the way to go. I’m interest in seeing how apps work with that dreadful notch.

49. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

I don't want to hold a phone up to my face just to unlock it. It's unnatural and just looks awkward.

74. iushnt

Posts: 3182; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

It’s not that awkward.

80. midan

Posts: 3261; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

You don't have to, this is the difference with Face ID and same tech found from Android phones. You can unlock your phone from table also, which is impossible with Android version. Face ID works from very natural angle, you don't need to lift it high.

48. Godfather

Posts: 68; Member since: Oct 31, 2012

I really wish that Apple offered both on the iPhone X. What would have been a great idea was if they made the "Apple" logo on the back as the fingerprint scanner.

44. gamehead unregistered

Some android phones manage to have both for less. Hmmm

43. Michigan

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 19, 2016

pairing that notch en face id just destroys everything, iPhone eks is a total nightmare,the face id failing en after typing a password en try watch a video you get half the content, never think of that.

35. thekoifish

Posts: 14; Member since: Sep 20, 2014

They could have just embedded the FPS in the Apple logo in the back. That would have been kinda cool.

42. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Give this person a job at Apple Design. Most intelligent comment of the day.

32. toukale

Posts: 676; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

It's comical reading all those comments from people who have not even used the product. Way to be objective and call yourselves as non-haters. I remember reading similar comments before touch-id too, now that Apple have given the world the template, just like mobile, people can't help themselves. I have no idea about face-id, so I will reserve judgement about how crappy it is after using it myself. Until then, I will give Apple the benefit of doubt because they have earned it with proving me wrong in the past.

23. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

Imagine you are being mugged and you run and try to unlock your iPhone X with the face while running away...

31. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Extreme example, but yeah, was Apple really thinking about how people hold and use phones? Or is this just another "you're holding it wrong"?

19. boriqua2000

Posts: 262; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Doesn't matter. The iPhone can come without a battery and just be a powerless piece of plastic and people will still buy it. That is the power Apple.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31798; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Total, and complete bonehead move by Apple. They could've put it on the back, or in the power button, but to eliminate the best FPS on the market from its flagship, was idiotic. No FPS, that hideous notch, the weird looking camera housing, and all the software features it lacks (especially at the 1300)price...killed it for me.

16. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

What happens when face ID fails? G9 back to.passwords? Lol Just because they coukdnt get the under rhis dis0lay option to work, then tou ditch it for some convoluted, under-test not ready for primetime fewture they are cutting corners to produce. Stupid move by Apple. At least Samsung didnt ditch what works. Apple.ditches what works foe something that isnt better or worse.

14. hazard1

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 11, 2017

To be honest, I do not buy iPhones, so it does not impact me at all (so I did not vote). However, as a strategic move, I think Apple would have been better served keeping touch ID. That and enhanced face ID would have been a stronger approach. I have a feeling Touch ID will be missed.

28. roldefol

Posts: 4745; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

I'd worry about this strategy trickling over into Android. Just like Apple gave Google additional leverage to remove the headphone jack.

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