2D face recognition and 3D face recognition are different features. Apple isn't the first company to include the feature in a commercial product, I think Xbox One does it. But the default Android 8.0 phones do not have it either. 2D face recognition can be tricked with [a picture of someone's face](https://twitter.com/MelTajon/status/904058526061830144
I don't know that "everyone" is losing their minds.
Upvote for use of proper phrase (Joker originally says 'Nobody panics', not 'bats an eye').
I think the 'panic' is because Apple is removing the home button, implying (Correctly or not) that the facial recognition thing is the *only* way to unlock the phone. Of which there is a precedent with the headphone jack thing.
I'm an android user. But I've realized this:
Android introduces new features that half-way work and are half-assed.
Apple takes time to make sure features work and are polished.
I think the reason why people get excited when Apple does something is that historically, when Apple does it, it's useful and sticks around and becomes an industry standard. When most other companies do it, it's a one-off crappy feature to add a bullet point to their ad, and after a short run it disappears forever (or until Apple re-implements it a couple years later).
MP3 players were around before the iPod. They sucked pretty badly, big bulky CD-player looking monstrosities with a tendency to overheat and break easily. Microsoft did tablets long before Apple. They were crappy and nobody used them, just Windows with a shitty touch-screen. Fingerprint scanners had been around for like 10 years before the iPhone had them, but they were only on expensive laptops, software didn't support them, and they didn't work half the time (or worked easily when they shouldn't have).
I'm not an Apple fanboy, but when they launch a feature I pay attention, because I can look forward to seeing the same feature implemented in a useful way on Android phones a year or two later. The people who are complaining that "Somebody else did it first!" are missing the point. _I don't care_ unless it's something I can actually buy and use.
Are people panicking over this? Why?
The only people I see "losing there minds" are the anti-Apple crowd.
I don't think I have seen one Apple fan claiming it's revolutionary. Reddit is weird sometimes.