For fanbois only? Face ID is turning punters off picking up an iPhone X

More say it's a bad idea than a good idea

An angry woman looking at her phone

As Apple bloggers anxiously try to be positive about Apple's Face ID, a poll suggests potential customers may actually be repelled by the face-scanning technology.

20 per cent of respondents in a poll of over 2,000 Britons said they were less likely to upgrade to an iPhone X because of concerns with Apple's new face recognition. 61 per cent of these cite security concerns. Only 8 per cent are more likely to switch to the iPhone X because of the face recognition.

More than a quarter say Face ID is a bad idea.

Over three quarters of the same (79 per cent) prefer to unlock their phones with fingerprints or passcodes.

Apple has removed the reliable fingerprint scanner and Touch ID from the £999 flagship X model. It means if the recognition fails, the user must enter a six-digit PIN. However, anyone with the device and access to your face – such as a mugger or law enforcement official – can access you personal device. That's if you haven't entered a disabling key sequence in time.

The poll was conducted between September 29 and October 2 for VPN comparison site Top10VPN.

Apple was criticised for cherry-picking reviewers from the fashion and arts world.

Actress Mindy Kaling told Glamour magazine that the handset was "so legit", The Times reported.

"'You're holding it wrong' is a joke until it isn't, and you can definitely hold the iPhone X wrong," Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge assured us this week. ®


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