Apple recently announced the upcoming release of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus as well as the iPhone X. I did not watch Apple’s event, but I have picked up on some of the highlights over the past few days. Mainly, the iPhone X’s Face ID feature.
Unlocking your phone with facial recognition was the future that everyone expected, or so I imagine. It didn’t come as much of a surprise to me when I first heard that this would be an upcoming feature from Apple. What did surprise me was the quick and drastic reaction of so many Apple users.
I didn’t expect that so many people would become so paranoid over accessibility to their phones. My generation has lived online for the better part of our lives and we know full well that our information is out there and accessible. While we like to put blind trust in privacy policies on social networking sites and trust the better-known brands we interact with online, we all know we are constantly sharing personal information, even if we don’t see it physically happening.
Which is why it seems so at odds to me that some people are worried enough about their iPhones being compromised either by strangers or loved ones. It’s already to the point that protective sleeping masks are being sold “specifically for the purpose of protecting your iPhone’s security”.
My iPhone does hold all my valuable information and so, yes, I want to keep that as safe as possible. However, it seems no different than someone reading over your shoulder to catch your passcode or holding your finger to the Touch ID to gain access. There are always security risks in electronics but I’d take my chances with Face ID.
What are your thoughts on Apple’s new iPhones? Let us know in the comments.
–Kaila Joynes, Junior Consultant