The iPhone X is now in the hands of users and one of the most touted features of the smartphone is Face ID, which has replaced the traditional fingerprint scanner. Apple claimed that it was extremely secure and reassured users that it cannot be fooled.
However, a video appeared on YouTube showing a 10-year old kid unlocking his mother’s iPhone X with his own face. In the video, the mother shows her face was registered for facial recognition but her son was still able to unlock the smartphone. Both, mother and son demonstrated that they could unlock the phone by simply looking at the screen. The son shows it clearly in the video that the screen is locked and would unlock after he stared at the screen.
Face ID uses the neural engine that 3D maps a user’s face in real time. In order to register one’s face, users have to rotate their head in a circular motion so that the TrueDepth camera can capture all the details. After a user’s face is registered, one needs to simply swipe up to unlock the smartphone. Apple has said in the past that there is only a one-in-a-million chance someone can get around the system, and it can’t be confused by hairstyles, beards, or hats.
It was very surprising to see in the mother-son video that the iPhone X would unlock with a different face without any hindrance. The problem was solved after the mother re-registered her face, however, she decided to replicate the same lighting as the first time she set up her Face ID. It was later found that they were able to unlock the phone yet again.
This is not the first time Face ID has been fooled as we covered earlier how a security group was able to fool Face ID by using a 3D printed mask. The mask in the video is made of a silicone nose, specially crafted “skin”, and 3D-printed parts.
Face ID lets only setup one face per iPhone and Apple recommends you never reset your Face ID. This is because the performance of the security method improves over time as it learns your face every day. It could be possible that the iPhone X learned the young boy’s features after a few successful unlocks.
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