It took Apple just a few years to get rid of one of the best security technologies every introduced. Yes, Touch ID was and remains that good, too. You see it on older iPhones and older iPads, but also on the MacBook Pro and even the new MacBook Air. It’s time for Touch ID to make a comeback.
As much as Apple gets credit for implementing new technologies, the company often is late to the techno-gadget party. Fingerprint sensor? Other devices have had ’em for years. Facial recognition? Move along. Nothing new to see here. What Apple did to each was to make them work better– high security, meet high convenience.
Technology is an ever advancing craft that may one day become our robotic overlords, or just replace humanity entirely, but in the meantime we have to deal with incremental, iterative improvements. The latest tech to make the rounds are in-display features including fingerprint sensor. That means Apple could have Touch ID make a comeback because it would be built into the display– no button needed.
Now, technological advances in display technology may also eliminate the Notch and camera and sensors could be small enough to look through a display without a glaring hole, but I’ll save that for another time.
Tim Cook hasn’t responded to my email yet, but it was basic. Please bring back Touch ID, and while you’re at it, drop in some voice recognition, too. You know, for me and for Siri. I’m thinking Voice ID.
Think of how much security your iPhone could have.
First, a password that only you know. Lose the password, and nobody but paid Israeli hackers get into the phone. Second, Face ID. Let’s face it; that works and works well. Security and convenience. Third, Touch ID through the display and without a visible button. Again, ease of use, meet security. Third, voice recognition– I’ll call it what it is. Voice ID. The technology is there. Apple needs to make it work as convenience as Touch ID and Face ID.
Finally, the Holy Trinity of security and convenience. Fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and voice recognition. Now, all Apple needs to do is give customers the option of linking them together. Lift up iPhone to trigger Face ID, touch the display with your thumb to trigger Touch ID, and utter a specific word– in your voice only– to trigger Voice ID.
Damn. Does it get better than that?