Bryan Clark, writing at The Next Web:
According to a new report, Apple plans to kill Touch ID — its lightning-fast fingerprint reader — for the security nightmare that will undoubtedly be Face ID. KGI Securities analyst and rumor magnet Ming-Chi Kuo tonight revealed it’s unlikely Apple will bring back Touch ID in future models, starting in 2018.
Subsequent to publishing, this opening paragraph has been simmered down. The phrase “the security nightmare that will undoubtedly be Face ID” has been changed to, “the facial recognition technology giving security analysts nightmares.” One of the great things about Apple News is that it caches the first iteration of a published piece, which lets you see what the authors really wanted to say before their editors had a chance to stop them.
That aside, the actual rumor in this piece comes as no surprise. I’d be shocked if Apple were to keep Touch ID around. Face ID is more secure and user friendly. From iMore’s Rene Ritchie:
Touch ID always had a 1/50,000 chance a random stranger’s fingerprint pattern would match yours enough to gain access. For Face ID, that chance drops to 1/1,000,000.
The nightmares of Bryan’s “security analysts” aren’t going to age well.