In 2013, Apple announced that the iPhone 5S would include Touch Id, a then-Revolutionary Technology that allowed users to unlock their phones by placing their finger on the home button. With how quickly technology continues to grow, this feature has become a normality for almost every smartphone. This year with the brand new iPhone X, Apple decided to abandon the technology in favor of facial recognition software.

The end of an era

Although the newly released iPhone 8 continued the use of the Touch ID feature, the Facial Recognition Software seems favored by Apple. According to reports by Mac Rumors, 2018's line-up of new iPhones is likely to completely leave Touch ID behind.

Apple's brand new facial recognition software is quite revolutionary, though Samsung has used their own version of the technology in several of their smartphone models. The difference is that Samsung left their version of Touch ID on the phones, showing that they may not be too confident with the software.

Reports have shown that Samsung's facial recognition is easily fooled. According to a test run by 9to5Mac, a photo of a person can unlock their Samsung phone. Apple seems more confident in their software as they have completely removed the home button, leaving Touch ID in the dust.

Full-screen design

Apple's ultimate goal by ridding of the home button is a sleek, full-screen design. Their 3D sensing technology allows the iPhone X to be unlocked with a simple look into the camera. Though it was previously reported that the company was working on a version of Touch ID that would be incorporated into the screen, it seems they are more focused on facial recognition.

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There is currently no information on how this will affect iPads and Macs. The latest version of the MacBook Pro, released in 2016, was the first to include a Touch ID finger pad. Reports by Mac Rumors indicate that the company is planning to integrate their facial recognition into iPads in order to create a product line of full-screen devices. The same has not been said for MacBooks however, possibly because of how new the Touch ID technology is to the product line.

The decision would be a controversial one, but that is nothing Apple isn't used to. When the company released the iPhone 7 last year, it received heavy backlash for removing the original headphone jack. Apple decided to stick by their decision, however, and did not return the auxiliary input to their latest lines of phones.

Leaks about the newest iPhone generation are expected to continue, although nothing will be confirmed until its release next September.