Who is it this time? Samsung’s new Galaxy Note? Nope. Google’s Pixel 3? Uh uh. Who’s left to ruin Apple’s new iPhone party, the annual public fest where we feast on all the new goodness in new iPhones?
Touch Me, Baby!
You know, link bait, click bait or otherwise, I love a good headline if it’s attached to an article of substance. The problem with link bait headlines is it’s more bait than substance. Here’s a few such headlines in T3 that will catch your eye and likely give you digital diarrhea.
OnePlus 6T to ruin Apple’s new iPhone party with in-display fingerprint reader
Huh? Wait a minute.
Are not fingerprint scanners yesterday’s news? I’m sure I owned an iPhone from a couple of years ago that had one. Oh, yeah. It was called Touch ID. Apple built the scanner into the Home button at the bottom of the phone. Remember that? Apple replaced it with Face ID, a facial scanner and recognition system that is so good the company is rolling it out on all new models.
Wait. There’s more.
The iPhone XS just got ambushed by the OnePlus 6T, which is confirmed as packing an in-screen fingerprint sensor
So, a smartphone you cannot buy– packing an in-screen fingerprint sensor that nobody knows if it works– is better than Face ID which is freakin’ awesome and works even better than Touch ID (which is why Apple dropped Touch ID, and why you only read about competing products in digital rags with writers who just need something to complain about)?
As Al Borland would say, “I don’t think so, Tim.”
We unlock our phones multiple times a day, and Screen Unlock reduces the number of steps to complete the action. By adding this feature as an addition to other display unlocking options such as Face Unlock, users will have options to unlock the display in a way that is most efficient for them.
I’m not sure what all that marketspeak means, but it seems to boil down to this. OnePlus has a fingerprint scanner built into the display. No Home button. No fingerprint scanner on the backside as in Samsung-land.
Does it work as well as Touch ID? Nobody knows. Is it better than having a fingerprint scanner on the back of the smartphone case? I dunno. Positioned appropriately, a backside scanner might be useful, but it’s not like customers complained about how Touch ID worked inside the Home button. It just worked.
Here’s the deal. Face ID just works, too, and nobody else– even copycat Samsung– has it working the way Apple has it working. Robert Jones might want to gin up some controversy about OnePlus and a built-in in-display fingerprint scanner as the one feature that will rain on Apple’s reign as the top smartphone vendor, but it won’t.
Here’s a nifty graphic of the top smartphone manufacturers in the U.S.
OnePlus is not on the list and doesn’t even make the list for top manufacturers worldwide.
Frankly, I like the idea of an iPhone with both Touch ID and Face ID. Why not Voice ID, too, Apple? Apple probably could do it all, but remember– OnePlus won’t sell 100-million phones with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Thousands? Maybe. Apple will sell more than 100-million iPhones with Face ID.
Sorry, Mr. Jones, Apple’s iPhone Party will be the event of the year. Just like every year since 2007.