Face ID: Unlock the New iPhone X with Facial Recognition

It’s official! You’ll be able to unlock your iPhone X with just your face. Today at its fall event, Apple announced the various new features of the tenth-anniversary iPhone, including the ability to use Face ID for unlocking your iPhone. Check out the photos from the event and more details on Face ID in the iPhone X below.

Related: Meet Apple’s New Lineup: My Favorite Features of iPhone X & iPhone 8 Models

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Possibly the coolest part of the iPhone X having Face ID is the iPhone's ability to detect your face even in the dark. While this was part of the rumor, it’s an impressive technology to incorporate nonetheless. Face ID works to unlock your iPhone X thanks to Apple's TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera, and flood illuminator. The TrueDepth camera works with the new A11 Bionic chip to scan a user's face with enough accuracy to safely and securely authenticate the person's face, even in low light or with glasses or a beard. Apple promises that Face ID can't be spoofed with a mask or picture, but couldn't make guarantees against an evil twin!

However, Touch ID isn’t going anywhere. Only the iPhone X will include Face ID; the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus still use the beloved Home button and Touch ID.

What do you think of Facial Recognition technology for the iPhone 8? Let us know below! And check out the rest of our Fall Apple Event Coverage here.

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Conner Carey holds a bachelor's in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing and resides in Fairfield, Iowa. When she's not writing, you can find her singing jazz or lifting weights. Her personal blog is currently under construction, but you can follow her on Instagram @connerleecarey.