If Apple had a signature theme element for iPhones, it was the circular home button. Until the iPhone X last year, it served as the "All" button for any iPhone model, but now it is completely missing on the iPhone X S X S Max, and X R . Should you be worried? Short answer: No.
Without the Home button, many long-standing iOS users have reservations about one of Apple's latest phones. Everything from unlocking the Touch ID phone to calling Siri or simply going to your home screen will be different, and such a fundamental change will understandably make some people break the upgrade.
But there are two things one should know here. First, the home button does not return. Give up this hope now. Secondly, things in a world without this clicking circle at the bottom of your phone are really not that bad. In fact, the entire iPhone experience has improved in many ways.
: Raise & Touch to Wake are great replacement keys for home keys
Without a home key, Apple needed an easier way for users to find the screen – something a little easier than pressing the side key, at least. They have done a home run here with a new raise to wake feature.
All you have to do now is pick up the handset to check the time or read new notifications. Sensors inside detect the transition from your desk, bag or purse. So, if you can look at your phone, the screen will be lit and waiting for you. Compare that to the old way, where you have to pick up the handset, press your thumb over the Home button, and then click, and it's a nicer experience overall.
To be fair, Raise to Wake is available on all iPhones with iOS 10 or higher. But when paired with Face ID (more on that below), it's an even more intuitive experience.
Okay, but what about people who like to use their phone while lying on their desks? Do you have to lift it, wake it up and then put it down again? No.
There is another easy-wake function in newer iPhones that does not have a home button. Just tap anywhere on the screen and the phone will wake up – still a bit easier than clicking a specific button. On the other hand, the new Face ID unlocking system may not look good if your phone is too far away on the desk.
I'll tell you in advance about Face ID's two main drawbacks, although I've already talked about one above. First, your face must be in the face of the TrueDepth camera for it to work (duh), that is, if your smartphone is on your desk, you'll have to bend over so it can "see" you before it's unlocked (of course there is always the PIN or passcode.)
The second annoyance is how to swipe up the lock screen to unlock your phone. This is because Face Detection does not begin to scan until you wake up or tap the phone. Once it sees an authorized user, the lock icon will open at the top of the screen and only then can you swipe up to get to your home screen.
But those are really the only two disadvantages of Face ID. In other areas, it is simply a better authentication system than Touch ID.
Perhaps the most important area where the Face ID surpasses the Touch ID is overall security. There was a chance of 1 to 50,000 that an unauthorized user could unlock their iPhone with Touch ID. With the Face ID, this number drops to one in a million. It's not even that it's much easier to fake someone's fingerprint without them knowing it than to create a 3D model of their face (which Face ID may still not be faking).
Beyond security, Touch ID was an inferior from a usability standpoint unlock method. Have you ever tried to use Touch ID when it's freezing outside? Take off these gloves better, even if you bought the fancy capacitive type. Or if you were sweaty? Touch ID was almost impossible to use. Even if you only have oily skin, Touch ID could be pretty unreliable.
Face ID, on the other hand, works wonderfully in almost all scenarios. You can not use it with a ski mask, but when it is so cold outside, you are already below the minimum operating temperature of 32 ° F of the iPhone. You can definitely use it with sunglasses, provided you disable Attention Detection, and it sees thanks to its infrared sensors through normal glasses (or slightly tinted sunglasses).
Unlocking certain apps like banking applications and password manager is now much faster with Face ID Before you had to tap the app and then put your finger on the home key. Now just tap the app and look at your phone, which you probably already do. However, buying apps or using Apple Pay may be slower, depending on how you usually hold your phone.
The most amazing thing about Touch ID is, in my opinion, how it learns over time. If it does not quite recognize you, but it is a close match, you will be prompted to enter your passcode. However, if you do, the scan will be added to the approved database. That means if you grow a beard, change your make-up or try to open your phone with a cigarette in your mouth, Face ID will quickly realize that you are still you .
# 3: The new gestures take 5 minutes to get used to it
Before I got my iPhone X, my biggest concern was that the new gestures would be clunky and annoying. Yes, there was a learning curve, but that took a total of five minutes, if that.
Apple has made great efforts to make the new navigation gestures as intuitive as possible. Just as you can swipe from the left edge of the screen to go back to your old iPhone, you can wipe home with the new iPhones from the bottom. It can take the smallest fraction of a second longer than clicking the Home button, but you will not notice it after a few tries. The entire bottom edge of the screen is your target area for this gesture, so it's actually a little easier to initiate than a click of the home button.