Given the hype and being inundated with articles about this during the past few months, I must say that I am profoundly disappointed. After watching the entire announcement last Tuesday, I was hoping with each passing minute that we will arrive at that moment where I can shout out, yeah! That’s truly brilliant. Sadly, that moment never came, there wasn’t anything that was innovative about Apple’s announcement.
The phones that were released – the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are merely updated versions of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. What’s new? A faster chip, brighter screen, and wireless charging. Wireless charging, don’t get me started on this, wireless charging has been around for a little while and NOW Apple is finally bringing this to its customer base and the world thinks this is so innovative.
Pretty innovative. No way! I would say it’s more like, pretty late in the game!
But the disappointment is not only limited to me, here are some headlines of articles from reputable media sources that paint the picture of the latest iPhones.
The Future of the iPhone Is Boring
As I’m sure you know, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were not the only announcements that day. The “one more thing” was the iPhone X and FaceID. Having no home button, the iPhone X can only be unlocked with FaceID or by PIN if facial recognition fails.
Apple and pro-Apple experts claim that FaceID is the company’s most secure biometrics system yet, but many are raising concerns over this. One such person is Democratic Senator Al Franken.
In a letter to Apple sent the day after the announcement, Franken asked whether Apple might use the faceprints it gathers to, “benefit other sectors of its business, sell it to third parties for surveillance purposes, or receive law enforcement requests to access it facial recognition system — eventual uses that may not be contemplated by Apple customers.”
Apple says that face data will be stored on individual devices, rather than on Apple-run cloud servers but Franken wants more details as to whether Apple can, “either remotely or through physical access to the device” obtain the data in a way that could also be used by law enforcement.
Franken also wants to know whether Apple might change its stated terms that it “has no plans” to allow third-party applications to access Face ID. He is also interested in where Apple obtained over a billion scans to train its facial recognition software.
Apple has fought lawmakers when it comes to snooping from law enforcement. The most famous case was with the FBI over the San Bernardino shooting case in 2016, when the FBI requested that Apple created an iPhone backdoor for law enforcement.
It will be interesting to see where this leads given the concerns being raised about privacy when it comes to FaceID.
Here are some tweets that summed up the concerns of this “new” technology.
— Millman (@MillmaMich) September 12, 2017
— SGAG (@SGAG_SG) September 13, 2017
— Josh Hemsley (@joshhemsley) September 12, 2017
What are your thoughts? Are you excited about Apple’s latest iPhones or disappointed?
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