PIN – There’s a reason PIN is still here…

Last week Apple launched its most expensive iPhone ever, the iPhone X. However, things didn’t go smoothly for the tech giant during its first ever public demonstration. When Apple Executive Craig Federighi attempted to unlock the device using the company’s new Face ID feature, which scans a user’s face to ensure only they can unlock their phones, the attempt failed, promoting Federighi to input a traditional PIN code (and forcing him to switch to a backup phone).

A day after the glitch, Apple offered an explanation, arguing that the phone didn’t make an error – the company’s staff did. But, whatever the reason behind the malfunction, PIN was there to save the day. As with Apple’s traditional finger print technology, if a glitch happens when unlocking the phone or using Apple Pay – the user is promoted to enter their phone PIN to correct the situation.

There is a reason why PIN is still here, and Apple’s blunder is just one example of where PIN will always be utilised and will never die-out. PIN is simple to use, it’s a universally trusted and accepted form of authentication that offers a level of security that users feel comfortable with. And, a no-frills approach generally doesn’t fail…