Perspective is everything. Mike Wehner says “Apple’s ‘next big thing’ failed live in front of millions.” He’s writing about the first iPhone X demo from Apple.
“Unlocking it is as easy as looking at it … and swiping up,” Federighi said as he began his demo. That’s when things got a little weird. He swiped, and nothing happened. The screen went dark and then woke back up. “Let’s try that again,” the Apple exec said, staring at the phone and swiping once more. Instead of unlocking, the phone brought up the passcode screen, which is the fallback for whenever the biometric Touch ID feature fails to identify its user, and is presumably the same for Face ID.
So, did the first unlocking of iPhone X in Federighi’s demo fail? No. Obviously, the need to enter a password was a requirement just as it can be on Touch ID. That probably surprised Federighi, but he went to the backup iPhone X and all was well.
Touch ID is the future of authentication for Apple, or at least that’s what we’ve been led to believe by what we saw on stage today. It’s probably safe to assume not everyone will deal with the issue that Apple experienced on stage today, but when you’re hoping to get consumers to abandon something as reliable and accurate as Touch ID has become, an on-stage failure is a pretty big deal.
Wrong again, Mike. ‘Touch ID is not the future of authentication for Apple products. It’s the present and the past. Face ID is the future. Sadly, the internet has become the fact checker for the internet.