Woman's 10-Year-Old-Son Unlocks Her iPhone X Using Face ID
Apple's Face ID facial scanning biometric security has already been defeated. The last time it was bypassed was using a complex process involving an artist, silicone, and a creepy mask. That security bypass was so elaborate that many didn’t feel as if they need to worry. Another bypass has now happened and this time out FaceID was defeated by a 10-year-old boy who happens to look a lot like his mother.
The mother had warned her son that there was no way he would be able to get into her new iPhone X. The boy reportedly then picked up the smartphone, stared at it and it unlocked without issue. Apple has already said that the security could be bypassed by identical twins or even family members who are non-identical.
Face ID is what Apple is betting big on for the future, because it sees the tech as something that sets it apart from Android devices. Apple had originally planned to place a fingerprint scanner under the glass screen of the new iPhone model, but was unable to get the fingerprint scanner to work. It seems now that Face ID isn’t as secure as parents might want it to be.
One interesting tidbit is that the boy's parents say that most people tell them their son looks more like dad. However, the boy was only able to unlock the fathers iPhone X once.
"My wife and I text all the time and there might be something we don’t want him to see. Now my wife has to delete her texts when there's something she doesn’t want Ammar to look at," Malik told Wired.
There have been rumors floating around that Apple had to reduced the accuracy of Face ID in order to speed up production of critical components for the iPhone X. Apple has flatly denied that rumor is true. Reports have also indicated that Apple will be putting Face ID tech into more of its devices including iPads.
The video below shows the boy unlocking his mom's iPhone X without issue. The boy's father told Wired that the child is a "good kid." However, he laments, "If my son had access to my wife's phone and she had that app on it, he could order ice cream for himself whenever he wanted."