Even if Apple's latest iPhone model series appreciates a lot, the real attraction lies in the cameras. The iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max all have top-notch reversing camera systems, but the front camera has also improved. Apple claims that Face ID works in these models in more angles than before, raising the question: can you unlock your iPhone when it's lying flat on a table?
Overall Face ID was and is a great feature. That said, it can be frustrating if your iPhone is lying flat on a table and you want to check it quickly. With Touch ID you do not have to move much – put your finger over the scanner and your iPhone will unlock. Face detection, however, requires you to bend over your iPhone to authenticate with the TrueDepth camera. This can be a bit painful.
What is the verdict on the new iPhone models? Well, I can only speak with the 1
In fact, I hardly notice a difference when it comes to the supposedly higher range of the 11 Pro's face ID angle. I put the iPhone X S in one hand and the 11 Pro in the other hand, desperately trying to surpass the older iPhone. Unfortunately, the X S could assert itself and unlock the 11 Pro in almost every corner.
This conclusion is in line with other testers of the new iPhone devices. Marques Brownlee, for example, expressed disappointment at the inability of the devices to unlock from a flat position. He confirms Apple's claim that unlocking Face ID is slightly faster than previous models – Apple claims to have up to 30% faster unlock speeds – but I have not noticed much difference.
If your sole reason for updating your iPhone X, X S X S Max or X R on a new iPhone arrives at this activation question, they are let down. That said, there are many new features and changes that are worthwhile. The new front-facing camera may not read your face much better, but can shoot 4K images at 60 frames per second or 1080p images at 120 frames per second in slow motion. Slofies, who?