Apple was really proud of its new Face ID feature introduced as the landmark one for the iPhone X enhancing the security of smartphone from the previous generation of fingerprint based Touch ID. In contrast to Touch ID, Apple’s Face ID uses an advanced suite of sensors to create a detailed depth map of a user’s face to compare it with the stored Face ID profile on user’s smartphone.
We know that Face ID has no rival in the mobile business right now, but things will start changing from next year when more manufacturers will use 3D sensors in depth-sensing face recognition modules.
Apple’s Face ID Fails Again
However, Apple’s claims of enhanced security have fallen flat as the new security feature has proven to be easily bypassed. Multiple incidents have been recorded where an iPhone X’s Face ID completely failed at keeping a device secure. We’ve shared such two incidents with our readers where Face ID feature was proved to be vulnerable and devices get unlocked by other persons very easily.
In the very recent report shared by South China Morning Post, a daunting yet funny incident happened with a Chinese woman who found that her colleague could unlock her phone using the Face ID feature. She went on to get a replacement, thinking it must be some hardware fault, however, to her amazement even the second iPhone X couldn’t differentiate between her and her colleague.
The Nanjing’s resident Yan told the local media that despite trying on both phones, her Face ID security was still cracked by an office colleague in first attempt. Yan said:
When the first time it happened, I called the Apple hotline, but the staff didn’t believe me. I, then, went with my colleague to the nearest Apple store, where she used facial recognition on my phone to demonstrate the issue to staff. The store replaced the smartphone having a ‘faulty’ camera with a new one. But when I brought the second phone back to my office, the same problem occurred again which forced me to get a refund for the phone.
Apple’s Claim and Reality
It is worth mentioning that Apple had claimed that Face ID automatically adapts to changes in user’s appearance, such as wearing cosmetic makeup or growing facial hair. Moreover, the company asserted that the odds of Face ID registering a false positive and allowing an unauthorized person access to a device is about 1 in 1,000,000 in contrast to the odds of Touch ID registering a false positive which is about 1 in 50,000.
Multiple incidents of successful breeching the Face ID pose a big question mark on the Apple’s claim that it is impossible to bypass iPhone X’s face recognition feature. If this expensive 3D-based face recognition technology is not secure enough then why to pay more for the very feature? Is it not a wise decision to go for other options like OPPO and Xiaomi that offer Face Lock with no bullish claims and higher price tags?