If you've got an iPhone X, you're enjoying a stack of new apps being updated for iPhone X screen compatibility, with an iPhone X section in the App Store showing recommended apps, too.
While I don't see any banking apps in the iPhone X App Store recommended list, as yet, CommBank and Westpac are among the first worldwide to accept Face ID as an authentication factor, replacing the Touch ID that's naturally still fully active for every other Touch ID capable device out there.
The bank and Apple state that "Face ID is one of the most secure ways to log into an account because it performs in-depth mapping of an individual's face using more than 30,000 points of reference. These include the spacing between, and shape of, facial features."
Pete Steel, CommBank's executive general manager of Digital, said in a media release that: "Our customers use secure fingerprint logins on the CommBank App about 30 million times a month.
“Extending that functionality to Face ID is part of our ongoing work to provide a better banking experience to our customers through simple, easy and secure features.
“While we strive towards convenience and ease of use, we don't implement new technology without being able to guarantee security for customers.”
So, the Commonwealth Bank opens its arms to Face ID, but due to what I understand from past media reports is a dispute over financial arrangements regarding Apple Pay payments, CommBank, NAB and Westpac are still holding off from allowing Apple Pay usage, while seemingly trying every other payment method possible in an attempt to avoid paying the fee that Apple wants for its Apple Pay service.
Hopefully the banks and Apple will face up to each other to end the face-off, individually as seems to be required rather than the denied attempt for collective bargaining, and the customers of those banks can use Face ID and Touch ID at long last to access their debit and credit card accounts and get with the Apple Pay program at long last.
Until then, Face ID for login is supported, and the next wave of advanced facial biometric identification continues rolling in.