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The Fingerprint Scanner Is Dead, Apple Was Right

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For most of last year we were flip flopping over the issue of whether or not the iPhone X would have a finger print scanner or not(Spoiler: It doesn't). Amid much fanfare the iPhone X was released and lo and behold it didn't have a fingerprint scanner and it opted to go for the facial recognition route. With the demo of FaceID failing people had their reservations about facial recognition and up until the release of the iPhone X it was seen more as a gimmick rather than a legitimate way to unlock your device.But after the iPhone X hit shelves and FaceID was exonerated for its unreliable reputation. So that begs the question. Which is better?

FaceID Vs TouchID

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With the removal of TouchID debates sprung up everywhere, with supporters in both camps. Sure FaceID works in certain situations when TouchID doesn't and vice versa. But keep in mind FaceID is a first generation technology, and as with all Apple first generation technologies the second generation blows the first generation out of the water. Just look at TouchID on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s, the one on the iPhone 6s is miles ahead. It isn't a stretch of the imagination to think that the same might happen to FaceID. With FaceID being as good as it is( Seriously of all the hate thats been directed at the iPhone X no one really misses the fingerprint scanner on it) FaceID version 2 will make the fingerprint scanner a relic of the past.

So Why Hasn't The Industry Followed Suit?

That's just it, the industry has. With phones like the Xiaomi Mi8 and the Oppo Find X, 3D face scanning has started to appear on other Android phones. It's not just these random Chinese companies either Samsung is rumoured to add an IR face scanning module to it's upcoming S10. So much for iris scanning. So it's clear that the industry is moving towards the Apple way of biometrics. Notably the Oppo Find X, the phone that everyones been heralding as the future of smartphones, doesn't feature a fingerprint scanner and based off of the reviews that I've seen and read no one particularly misses the fingerprint scanner. With manufacturers trying to keep costs low as more and more phones creep towards that $1000 mark, keeping around two redundant biometric authentication systems seems like a waste of space and money and it helps in marketing the phone as now they can market the phone as the one phone with all of Apple's new features,Ofcourse with the obligatory Animoji ripoff. So companies like Oppo have decided to ditch the fingerprint scanner altogether. 
This is similar to the time when Apple removed the headphone jack. Apple takes all the blame and the heat, it becomes the norm and then everyones doing it. Its just a matter of time before the same thing happens with facial recognition if history is any indication.


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