Apple introduced three iPhone models: iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus at its September 12 keynote. The handset packed a range of new features. The smartphones grabbed most attention for the integration of Facial Recognition Technology. The Cupertino giant favored it over Touch ID (fingerprint sensor).

Apple even got rid of the physical home button. Just three weeks before Apple’s grand September 12 celebrations, its arch-rival Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Note 8 phablet flagship (on August 23). Most of the features were expected, its major highlight was the Iris scanning technology.

The same showed up on the company’s Galaxy S8 line-up as well. This brings us to the question of which security feature is more reliable and therefore, ideal for the smartphone users.

Apple iPhone X’s facial recognition feature

As noted by Tech Radar, Apple iPhone X’s facial recognition technology scans an individual’s Face to give them access. This isn’t the first time that this feature has shown up online. Previous Lenovo and Dell-branded laptops have packed a similar feature. Even though Apple isn’t the first one to join the bandwagon, the feature is still slightly ahead of its time.

Apple uses Dot Projector, Infrared Camera, and Flood Illuminator to ensure that the feature functions successfully.

The handset is capable of outputting a 3D facial object. It also ensures that the smartphone identifies a particular face’s dot pattern well. Thanks to its advanced A11 “Bionic” chipset, it can function fast. There’s a dedicated infrared flash located right below the smartphone’s camera module. This further ensures that the feature’s results are accurate.

Apple ensures that the feature remains a hundred percent secure through the use of its powerful Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology. These help the smartphone recognize multiple patterns easily. Thus, it is easy for them to work even if an individual’s face is wearing glasses or has facial hair. It can get pretty difficult for a person to fool this technology.

Samsung's Iris scanning feature

Samsung’s Iris scanning technology, on the other hand, is just as secure and accurate. But it takes more time to respond. Plus, there are even cases wherein users have been able to access the devices through the use of a picture. Therefore, its security is undoubtedly questionable. There haven’t been cases for Apple as yet because iPhone 8 hasn’t been introduced in the market as of yet.