Five years later, Face ID is still the worst iPhone feature

I’m afraid to unlock my iPhone. Every time I lift my iPhone 13 mini to authenticate my face, I’m afraid it won’t recognize me due to a misaligned angle, obstruction from the sun’s rays, or some other distracting factor. Therefore, I am forced to enter my PIN. It’s especially annoying when trying to log into an account or purchase an app. In these scenarios, it’s not just a few numbers that I have to type – I’m inadvertently prompted to type in my password manager or the 20-character alphanumeric Apple ID code.

Face ID was supposed to be the future of authentication – a “smooth experience”, Apple promised in 2017. A decade later, it feels like nothing more than a step backwards. When I upgraded to an iPhone, I knew it would give me a better and more reliable experience in many ways, but its face-only biometric authentication and exclusive charging port would forever be the bane of my existence. I’ve learned to live with the latter, partly thanks to wireless charging, but the former? It was a nightmare and a half. Listen to me.

Why Face ID is the Worst iPhone Feature

Face ID, for me, fails far more often than it should on a flagship smartphone. There is an endless list of scenarios where Face ID refuses to work and throws an error: under direct sunlight, when I’m sitting on my desk, while I’m wearing a mask (as well as glasses), off-angles, right after I woke up – you get the idea. There are also times when I just can’t look directly at my phone’s front sensors (like asking Siri to text someone while driving). In fact, during the launch of the iPhone X, when Face ID was introduced, Apple VP Craig Federighi couldn’t unlock the demo phone with his face, likely due to the light. from the scene.

Craig Federighi at the iPhone X product launch event in 2017. (Image credit: Getty)

I made peace with the fact that Apple wasn’t planning on removing Face ID anytime soon – so I thought. Over the past few months, I’ve been tinkering with the Google Pixel 6, iPhoneSE and the iPad Air 5, which – you guessed it – are equipped with the good old fingerprint sensor. And you know what? I miss using my numbers to unlock my iPhone more than I first thought.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.