Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée on iPhone X and Face ID.
I recalled Samsung’s trouble with face recognition, and, more cogently, Microsoft’s travails with the technology. The latter’s Kinect platform, based on technology developed by the Israeli company PrimeSense, was ultimately abandoned…but the project didn’t die, exactly. Apple picked up PrimeSense in 2013 for $360M.
I wonder what Apple knew that Microsoft did not?
Apple’s bold move into a territory where others had stumbled made me anxious to get my mitts on an iPhone X. Serendipitously, a late night double-order by a family member provided me with an early delivery. I’ve spent four weeks with the new device, enough time to form the invaluable Third Impression.
Gassée, a frequent critic of Apple, paid for his own iPhone X.
Apple’s Face ID isn’t perfect, but, in my experience, it’s more reliable than Touch ID. With Touch ID I’ve had to register and re-register fingers when prints stopped working and wet digits are never welcome. Yes, with Face ID I have to crane my neck when the phone is on the table and I must turn away from direct sunlight when I’m outside, but otherwise it works without ifs and buts.
It just works. If it doesn’t, you’re holding it wrong.