The glass backs on the new iPhones look way too reflective for my tastes (at least from the photos I've seen so far).
I like the matte black that they currently have on 7/7+.
I'm also concerned about durability of the glass back but we'll have to wait till the phones are out in Real World (tm) to see how it fares.
I'm also mildly skeptical about the smoothness and reliability of Face ID vs. the current iteration of Touch ID but that will also have to wait till the hardware and software are out in the Real World (tm) used everyday by people in normal situations.
As for wireless charging, I'm glad they picked Qi, a standard adopted by the industry instead of creating some proprietary one of their own.
(Also, finally, jeez Apple.)
@staticsafe In fact, even just getting NFC (for e.g. apple/android pay) to work with a metal back is an exercise in design compromise.
They usually end up putting the NFC coil in the largest open spot they can find, typically around the flash or camera lens, or in a radio window if there is one. You usually need a cut-out in the metal nearby as well - sometimes visible. The nfc coil has to be smallish, so you have to be more precise when using it.
@staticsafe sooo idk if it applies to Apple but I've seen videos of people unlocking face recognizing stuff by putting a printed photo in front of the camera.
Similar with touch. Search around for the CCC's research for details.
AFAIK biometrics in general are not secure. If you want the best security, suck it up and use a password.
@staticsafe @elomatreb My problem is that it's "TouchID", there is a very good reason that eg. my Thinkpad's fingerprint reader (which i don't use) requires you to slide your finger: it deforms the skin.
The reason: 3d printed silicon fingerprints can't easily mimic the same deformations.
You being able to open it is just one part, the point is to also keep everyone else from doing so.
The PIN/passcode can be seen as providing information that may possibility incriminate oneself so you can plead the fifth while the fingerprint can be as simple as a LEO compelling you to put your finger on the device.
And a good password is harder to crack than your fingerprints. The CCC lifted a German politician's prints off of a coffee cup from a cafe he went to, then uploaded it online.
Meanwhile, password cracking takes a bunch of resources and guesswork.
@grainloom yes, I'm aware of the downsides.
And as you mentioned, it is a compromise of convenience vs. absolute security.
It's a tradeoff because IIRC research showed that people opted to use no passcode at all before fingerprint sensors were available on the iPhone because it was inconvenient.