Face ID is one of the best features in the iPhone X. It’s fast, seamless and super easy to use. If we have one gripe with it, it’s that it only supports one face, and that’s the way it’ll stay for the time being revealed software engineering chief Craig Federighi.
Apple’s previous biometric sensor, TouchID, had the ability to store up to five fingerprints at a time. That meant you could store fingers from both hands or include the fingerprint of a family member. Face ID doesn’t support that ability now that only one face can unlock the iPhone X. An Apple user mentioned this issue to Craig Federighi in an email, and he responded with some great insight.
The user posted the email response on Reddit. Here’s what Craig said about multi-user support for Face ID:
“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 with a finger and thumb on both hands, not to enable multi-user authentication),” Federighi said. “We’ll certainly keep your feedback in mind as we consider our plans to evolve Face ID in the future.”
Apple tends to value privacy above all things, and that’s likely one of the reasons it didn’t include multi-user support for Face ID right away. Federighi did mention they’ll consider it in the future when Apple continues to evolve Face ID, but if it ever does happen, it is not in the plan as of now.
TouchID did technically support multiple users, but that wasn’t intended. It was never something Apple went out of its way to support as a main feature for its fingerprint scanner technology. At least that’s what can be surmised from Federighi’s comments in the email.
For now, only one person will be able to unlock Face ID. Unless, of course, you have a twin.