10-year old unlocks his Mother's Apple iPhone X as Face ID gets fooled



With the majority of PhoneArena readers who participated in our poll saying that they don't trust Face ID, the video we have for you to look at sitting at the top of this story is extremely relevant. A video made by an Apple iPhone X owner shows her tenth anniversary model getting unlocked by...her 10-year old son! We don't want the kid to get a big head, but according to Apple's data, this young man is one-in-a-million. After all, that was the failure rate that Apple gave for Face ID.

Apple has said that kids under 13 have a better chance of fooling Face ID "because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed." A couple of days ago, we told you that Vietnamese security firm Bkav used a mask that they developed to defeat Face ID and open an iPhone X. The $150 mask was created from 3D printing, make up, 2D images and special processing on the cheeks. The security firm says that fingerprints are a superior form of biometric protection for smartphone owners compared to facial recognition.

There is talk that all three 2018 iPhone models will feature Face ID as will next year's Apple iPad Plus models.

source: AtullahMalik via PCMag

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iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x

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79 Comments

92. Wazupmrg

Posts: 232; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Samsung's iris scanner is much more secure due to an individual's iris being set by around 6 months. Apple boasting how secure it is then trying to explain that under 13 year olds could be an exception is another dumb thing sheep continue to believe

91. Manny0122

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

One in a million my ass

86. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"73. MarvzIsFallen (Posts: 97; Member since: 11 Aug 2017) Meanwhile the iphone X is the most profitable flagship of the year. Sorry android flagship losers!!! Trying to defame apple. Poor andoid idiots. Preference is what matters." Of course it's the most profitable flagship of the year, Apple is making at least $500 per phone and thats after manufacturing, r&d and marketing. Thats without selling you Apple Care or a fast charger and cable. So who are the idiots?, the ones purchasing it or the ones laughing at you for doing so. Never mind if you ask Tim Cook nicely he might buy you a nice coffee now you can't afford to get your own.

81. wando77

Posts: 1172; Member since: Aug 23, 2012

Iris scanning>fingerprint scanning>swipe to unlock>faceID lmao

78. lallolu

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

Why did they remove the cheap and highly reliable touch ID?

74. SIGPRO

Posts: 2819; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

I already knew that face id would suck, they should have gone with iris scanner!

73. MarvzIsFallen

Posts: 646; Member since: Aug 11, 2017

Meanwhile the iphone X is the most profitable flagship of the year. Sorry android flagship losers!!! Trying to defame apple. Poor andoid idiots. Preference is what matters.

72. anup807

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

it could also mean that the boys face is already registered in Face ID. the video didn't show the woman registering her face with Face ID and then giving it to her son to open.

71. dikaoo

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 05, 2017

What was i said " this phone is expensive TRASH ".i prefer oppo f1s than this trash.

70. mootu

Posts: 1541; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

People keep saying nobody's going to go to the trouble of making a mask, that's not the point. The point is that Apple made quiet a big deal in the keynote saying it could not be beaten by a mask, so others want to challenge this and prove them wrong and have done so. Everyone knew twins may be able to beat it which has proven to be the case. But each day more and more videos are coming out of face id being unlocked by others, some who don't even look alike. Instead of being pig headed Apple should have provided a fingerprint scanner so people could have the option, but Apple being Apple don't like thier customers to have choices.

69. ImperialDynamics

Posts: 84; Member since: Nov 30, 2012

It is by now clear that Face ID is not a security feature. Its sole purpose is to animate emojis. Calling it a gimmick would be an undeserved compliment.

68. TerryD

Posts: 566; Member since: May 09, 2017

Its a bit of a pain when that 'one in a million' person actually lives with you

61. japkoslav

Posts: 1553; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You are facing it wrong.

60. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

It looks funny when Android fans are catching every single bad thing about Apple or iPhone X just to prove for themself that its bad device etc. :D Lets be unbiased please and think. First thing mask. Don't you think that this company wanted to be heard on internet to promote itself? Did you saw unlocking animation? Attention aware was turned on? See so many questions, but hate is real. Also who will take 3D scan of your face and print it on 3D printer :D :D :D Second twins. Are not some twins almost the same? On the other hand this is situation when FPS would be much better. Third kids. If you have iPhone X give it to your kid and check if it will be unlocked. See? This could be very rare situation where kid have almost the same face characteristics like his mother. I know you will call me Apple sheep etc., but I am one of the most unbiased persons here. Look at my devices I tried a lot of OS etc. so I know what I am talking about. If you will respond to this comment please provide facts. Not hate.

64. atty.bep

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

Its just very simple logic actually. The limitation of the iPhone X in getting unlocked by another person's face is a defect. And it is a security issue. Unless the FaceID was not implemented to function as a security measure, then I wouldn't mind tackling its vulnerability but certainly, I will not buy a smartphone that is dumb enough to be unlocked by someone else's face. There may be people who wouldn't mind this defect in exchange for the "glory" of owning this device but for sure eventually, they'll learn a lesson the hard way. And they will soon realize that they paid so much money for a defective device. The line of your argument is concerning because you seem to suggest that its okay to buy an apple that has worm inside...anyway its an apple and you can eat the unaffected part.

65. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

One question. Did you saw another video where not owner of device unlocked iPhone X and he/she was not twin or very similar family member? If not this is issue only for twins and family members with almost the same face characteristics. Also according to this article do you know that after second more accurate Face ID setting he wan't able to unlock his mother phone?

85. TerryD

Posts: 566; Member since: May 09, 2017

'Third kids. If you have iPhone X give it to your kid and check if it will be unlocked. See? This could be very rare situation where kid have almost the same face characteristics like his mother.' I like that. if you've got kids, test it on them. If it unlocks, send it back or use a password. Crisis averted.

57. Icent55

Posts: 83; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Chances of random unlock 1 in a million....i already knew apple can lie.... monkey balls... just for marketing and to make money

84. TerryD

Posts: 566; Member since: May 09, 2017

Does that mean that they tested it on a million people?

49. MrShazam

Posts: 987; Member since: Jun 22, 2017

Hahaha, starting to believe this face ID is no more secure than what ancient Android devices had. Just the typical CrappIe feeding lies to their sheeple as they milk them dry.

46. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

They may look similar but they are no way near exact at having the same facial features there’s a noticeable difference in nose/lips so this is a pretty big fail for Apples Face-ID... it would be one thing if they were identical twins but when the lines start to blur far enough that Simone who only relatively looks like you can break the system it’s a huge problem... If anything they should have combined iris scanner+face id+fingerprint scanner to effectively create the ultimate trio of security... not remove existing technology and create an even further flawed system.

44. Phantom1031

Posts: 267; Member since: Aug 02, 2014

Just amazing feature of new iphone ex, if u are busy someone else can unlock it for u

38. monoke

Posts: 1217; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Well, back to the drawing board. Just notch good enough apple.

37. YeahYeah

Posts: 255; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

So much for the most secure biometric security. Feature rated better than iris scanner by phonearene. Starting to think Samsung face recognition is even better than face id

31. atty.bep

Posts: 10; Member since: Oct 24, 2017

There's your $1000 phone! Technically defective.

52. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

That's a feature.

30. path45th

Posts: 407; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Despite that of one-in-a-million case, the iPhone X remains the most different and innovative device of the year. The competition is simply far behind it.

36. jack11141

Posts: 73; Member since: Sep 30, 2015

what makes iphone x the most innovative smartphone of the year?

62. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Uhmm... Apple logo?

54. Cyberchum

Posts: 1152; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yeah, I agree! The competition is far behind the notch!

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