Apple's Face ID tech has been easily defeated by two sets of fraternal twins in a Mashable experiment captured on video. The video does little to put to rest concerns that Apple may have dumbed down the technology in order to help boost iPhone X shipments ahead of its launch.
Apple’s Face ID tech on the iPhone X has been fooled by two sets of fraternal twins in what is undoubtedly an embarrassment for Apple. As you can see from the video embedded below, it didn’t even matter whether the twins were wearing their glasses or not. The video does little to dispel reports that Apple may have dumbed down the Face ID tech in order to help boost iPhone X production yields.
Apple introduced Face ID on its flagship iPhone X in place of Touch ID. The move was necessitated by Apple’s desire to design a smartphone that is virtually all display, which left no room for either a Touch ID embedded Home button. A major selling point is that the 3D facial recognition technology in Face ID can only be fooled 1/1,000,000 times, which is theoretically much more secure than Touch ID that can be tricked 1/50,000 times.
However, as the video clearly demonstrates, fraternal twins might be far better off using an iPhone with Touch ID instead of Face ID. Both sets of twins could easily unlock the iPhone X as though it wasn’t even locked, making it possible for either twin to view the contents of the other’s iPhone X. Although Touch ID wasn’t tested, it appears that the likelihood that the other could defeat Touch ID is far more remote given that their fingerprints would be far less similar.
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