Touch ID to Be Replaced With 3-D Face Scanning in Next iPhone

Mark Gurman for Bloomberg:

For its redesigned iPhone, set to go on sale later this year, Apple is testing an improved security system that allows users to log in, authenticate payments, and launch secure apps by scanning their face, according to people familiar with the product.

I can’t help but feel a bit disappointed by this story, and the word “improved” bothers me more than any. I’m a big fan of Touch ID and I can’t image facial recognition will be more convenient, no matter how good it is. It will be hard to stomach if Apple replaces it.

It also seems odd Apple would make the change to facial recognition only a year after adding Touch ID to the Mac. And if they do, I’m sure adding the feature to the Mac will follow.

At this point it is still a rumor, and I do hope Touch ID finds its way into the 10th anniversary iPhone. I’ll reserve final judgment on the facial recognition until it’s released, but I have a hard time believing it will be an improvement over Touch ID.