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Craig Federighi says Face ID doesn’t Support Multiple Users on Apple’s Roadmap

A month ago when iPhone X released, many users include us have the question about weather the fact that Face ID will support multi-user. Now, seems the answer has come clearly, arroding to the new comments from Craig Federighim, who is the company’s software engineering chief from Apple,which suggests that multi-user access was never even intended for Touch ID, and Touch ID is never designed for multi-user.

Face ID doesn't Support Multiple Users on Apple’s roadmap

Apple’s current focus with Face ID is on single-user authentication, suggesting support for multiple faces won’t be added in the near future, according to an email from the company’s software engineering chief Craig Federighi.

Before iPhone X was official released in September, the outside is always uncertain to whatever impact the Face ID will have on Touch ID fingerprint recognition at the time. Many Medias and reports once said, Apple planned to incorporate Touch ID into the iPhone X’s screen, or integrate it into the back of the device.

However, when iPhone X formal delivered to customers, Touch ID is gone. As a result, many people immediately jump out of the box to say that apple is having trouble integrating Touch ID, and only has to choose to deploy the Face ID.

Comparing with Touch ID, Face ID can only supports one face to recognize while Touch ID can support dozen. If you are such a user, you may be disappointed to hear the latest news


In an email to a customer, however, Federighi admitted that Touch ID’s multi-finger support has always been intended for a single iPhone owner to authenticate with a finger or thumb on both the left and right hand if desired.

Federighi added that Face ID could eventually authenticate multiple faces as the system evolves in the future, but his email makes it clear that Apple doesn’t have any immediate plans to implement said functionality.

Federighi‘s response was essentially a “not right now, but maybe eventually,” pointing out that even Touch ID wasn’t meant for more than one person to use:

Currently we’re focusing Face ID on single user authentication. (Even TouchID’s multi-finger support was really intended to enable a single iPhone owner to unlock the device with a finger and a thumb on both hands, not to enable multi-user authentication.)

“We’ll certainly keep your feedback in mind as we consider our plans to evolve Face ID in the future.” He added in the end of letter.



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