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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1. antonmassoud

Posts: 89; Member since: Oct 22, 2016

Good job Apple. Removing the Touch ID...

20. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's a feature.. FaceID simply adapt to her face. FaceID think she cut her hair, make her head smaller, and turn back her age to a teenager. /s

34. Phullofphil

Posts: 1799; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I am a little disappointed in that but at the same time I don’t think it will effect my life. If my son can unlock my phone I guess I would not mind that. I am going to try in the morning. With and without the extra security features turned on. I hope next year they add Touch ID to the side though. I don’t think I would stop using Face ID but I would like the option. I don’t like Touch ID on the back. To confusing to find sometimes.

41. audibot

Posts: 634; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

untill your kids uses your phone to buy stuff apps and things online

45. Phullofphil

Posts: 1799; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

He is 16 months old but even so if he did when he was older he would be in big trouble. I would give him the operrunity to lose my trust and see what he does. I have to be able to trust my son. I will let him have those operrunities. That’s if he looks like me enough to open it.

48. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1822; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Iris scanner is the only full proof biometric way of unlocking a device.

50. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Unlocking a device with your face was a stupid idea in the first place.

2. Tipus

Posts: 875; Member since: Sep 30, 2016


3. Pabliell

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 22, 2016

So, twins, kids and 3D printed masks can easily fool Face ID. I'm still waiting for someone to fool it using a sculpture of some sort.

4. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014


5. tbacba

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

How is it relevant that the kids "...distinct facial features may not have fully developed"? It wasn't his face that the phone was using as it's baseline, it was his mother. And her features should have been sufficiently distinct to prevent an imposter accessing the phone.

6. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

4 things Apple is f...d up with iPhone X : 1.Notch 2.Face ID that should be forbidden for Pay . 3.Gestures, instead of Force Touch virtual button 4.Unexplainable price

7. ProblemSolver15

Posts: 372; Member since: Jun 14, 2010

An Imposter Prof. Oak can unlock Face ID.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

They do look just alike though, and he has a feminine face. I wonder if she had on the extra attention features.

12. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That still no excuse for it to unlock bro. Tim Cook should be kicked out and be replaced by Bankz.

16. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAO! Too funny. Bankz's has 512 gigs, and an inscreen FPS. Hows the wife liking hers. My wife wants one now.

25. maherk

Posts: 6889; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

She loves it. She doesn't miss anything about her S7 Edge, she only dislikes face id, but that's about it.

87. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Hope you guys had fun bro. Apple store was fun.

88. ShaikhJGI

Posts: 361; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

In that case, majority of people(Including myself) in Africa & Asia should easily unlock iPhone X being many identical features. Right bro?

9. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 375; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Seems like Face ID needs a bit of work, they should of added a FPS on the back to give consumers choice.

15. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Apple choose to remove touch ID because it forces people to use face ID.

82. TerryD

Posts: 546; Member since: May 09, 2017

Apple like to do the choosing on behalf of the consumer. It makes life easier for everyone.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cnour, what you think? Will the others follow?

11. tedkord

Posts: 17362; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

If Apple put no lock system, he'd call no security the greatest innovation ever and claim everyone else would follow.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31102; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAO! Yes he would. I ordered one, so I wanna see how secure it is. It's only my wife and I, so I should be good. My son looks nearly identical to me, but he's on his own, so no snooping.

28. sissy246

Posts: 7120; Member since: Mar 04, 2015


13. talon95

Posts: 1000; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Apple said it was a one in a million chance, what they didn't say is that the one in a million person capable of doing it has a one in ten chance of already being in your home. Siblings and children inherently have similar features and proportions, but their iris and fingerprints are much more randomized. A thief might have an equally hard time getting into either system, but when the most likely person trying to hack your phone is already in your house, it makes FaceID a very poor choice.

56. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Exactly this. Aside from their numbers being impossible to verify, those numbers tell us nothing without taking factors such as the one you mentioned into account.

14. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

That makes face ID unreliable.

18. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Mother: My son is able to unlock my phone with face id!!! Tim Cook: This is feature of iPhone X...embrace it.

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