Face ID on Apple iPhone X can't be used for family app purchases

Face ID on Apple iPhone X can't be used for family app purchases
So, your son has approached you with a list of apps that he wants you to buy him from the App Store for the holidays. In the past, with the "Ask to Buy," or "Family Sharing" feature, you would receive requests from your kids for permission allowing them to install apps on their iOS devices. As the "family organizer," it was up to you to approve each request. After checking to make sure that your offspring wasn't trying to slip in some violent or sex-filled game, you would signal your approval using Touch ID.

But now you own an Apple iPhone X. And to give a thumbs up to the list of apps your kids want you to purchase for them, you need to use Face ID to signal an approval. Is this allowed? Unfortunately, the answer is "No." Mommy and Daddy can still approve their kids' app requests with the iPhone X, but it will require that the family organizer type in his/her complete Apple ID password to each and every request. And these days, such passwords could be extremely long and tiring to type.  

Why has Apple made things a little more difficult for a "family organizer" to approve apps for his or her children? It all revolves around Face ID. "Family Organizers" and parents sporting a model or a device that employs Touch ID can still use their fingerprints for approval. But since Face ID can be fooled by a family member who has a strong resemblance to an iPhone X owner, Apple might not have wanted to take the chance that a daughter who looks just like her mom, or a son who is the spitting image of his dad, hijacks a Face ID approval, and turns it into an unapproved shopping spree. At least some believe that this why Face ID cannot be used with the "Ask to Buy" or "Family Sharing" features.

For now, there is nothing from Apple that gives us a definitive explanation. If we hear something from Cupertino, we will certainly let you know.

source: Apple via ArsTechnica

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1. Peacetoall unregistered

1000$ iphone X is not secure enough.

14. tangbunna

Posts: 495; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

Apple will sell Fingerprint-to-Lightning Dongle for $299 for buying Family Apps.

33. daniyal_05

Posts: 95; Member since: Nov 15, 2017

IphoneX isn’t selling well enough.

20. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

As a parent, sticking with passcode/ pattern is still the best for me.

23. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Secure enough more than any Samsung crap

32. Man_Utd

Posts: 190; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Hahaha, piyath is butt hurt. Last time I checked, Samsung didn't limit the ways to verify app purchases. So who is really the more secure platform?

35. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Funny how he attacks Samsung immediately....his insecurity shows.

36. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah, we hear all kinds of stories about Samsung phones being unlocked by friends, twins, make, people of the same ethnic origin... Oh, wait. We don't.

2. nerdmb

Posts: 57; Member since: Nov 11, 2017

Current face id is not secure enough.

7. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Face ID will NEVER be secure enough. No one on the site will never understand why. A face is generic as the number one. To easy to copy/mimic/duplicated. Iris' and fingers can't be copied, aren't generic. After all, all fingers and eyes don't look alike. Faces are not secure. There is a 1,000,000:1 chance I can find someone who can unlock any phone locked with Face ID. There is no one on the planet who would match your eyes or fingers without some serious transplant surgery and even then it's questionable. Face ID is not secure enough for mobile payments. That's another one up for Samsung Pay. Works with both FPS or Iris. Apple Pay doesn't work at 90% of retailers, their is no FPS on the X, and it can't be used by Face ID. That is a complete an utter failure for a $1000 For a features that's only good enough to Animoji. All that bragging for a $20 piece of hardware. What a joke!

9. Roger_The_Alien unregistered

Please stop commenting if you have no idea what you’re talking about. Apple Pay works absolutely perfect with Face ID.

15. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It doesn't work. What I mean by don't work is, it's not secure. Here is this issue as the article stated, there are videos on YouTube showing a CoWork whonunlockwd another's phone, they were both Asian. 2 sisters, 3 years apart, aren't twins, the toingestbwas able to unlock the eldest phone. A sin was able to unlock his dad's phone. A mom's son was able to unlock her phone. Thus it is not safe and secure to use with Apple Pay. So that means it doesn't work. Also, holding a phone to your face to make payments is dumb. I have a Note 8 and I would never use the Iris Unlock for payments because my finger is faster. Plus I have a Gear S3.

17. kiko007

Posts: 7523; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

"t doesn't work." VERY NEXT LINE: "What I mean by don't work is, it's not secure." You do realize the words "work" and "secure" have two very distinct definitions and use cases, right? You can't just change set meanings to fit your narrative like that.

29. Peacetoall unregistered

he meant iphone x doesn't work securely duh!.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It's supposed to work in such a way that no one else can purchase with it. In this way, it doesn't work. And this is a tacit admission from Apple that it doesn't.

18. airoid

Posts: 132; Member since: Dec 13, 2016

16. kiko007

Posts: 7523; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

There are at least 4 false statements in your post to which I'd normally respond to, but since I know you're Techie, I'm not gonna waste the keystrokes. Hopefully they ban your IP this time because you've clearly got nothing better to do.

25. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Shoosh shut up troll In denial and jealous Experiments suggest the iPhone X was confused by the indoor/nighttime lighting when the couple first registered their faces. Apple's only response was to point to their support page, which states that "the statistical probability is different...among children under the age of 13, because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed. If you're concerned about this, we recommend using a passcode to authenticate." The boy's father is now offering this advice to other parents. "You should probably try it with every member of your family and see who can access it." 

24. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

LOL here the software engineer genius saying Face ID is not secure.......lol

27. Ralph.

Posts: 249; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

LMAO, here is an Apple fanboy and a jealous Samsung hater being in denial.....

38. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

One doesn't need to be a software engineer to see all the different instances and ways FaceID has been fooled (mask, twin, offspring, friend of the fans ethnic origin) to know it isn't as secure as a fingerprint scanner. There have been more reports of it being fooled in two months than in all the years of TouchID. If it were more secure, Apple would allow Family purchases using it. The fact they don't is all you need to know to draw a conclusion.

3. Venom

Posts: 3973; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

Ask yourself, do you really want purchases to be tied to something like Face Unlock? Even on Android, it's not really secure as fingerprint and password. This shouldn't be a question given the past instances of kids running up expensive bills from freemium apps and IAPs.

5. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

The only problem is this iTurdX only have FaceID, it won't be a problem if they keep FPscanner on iTurdX

8. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

It isn't anyway. So it doesn't matter. Google and the Android OEMs already knew better. They aren't as stupid and foolish as Apple and it's low iq having followers. Face Unlock can never be secure. In fact, the larger the population around you, the less secure it is. Now if you're in some island by yourself then it would be 99.9% secure. Face ID is now Face I Don't!

4. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017


6. Jrod99

Posts: 781; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Anyone with a iPhone X know what banks if any use Face ID ? What about Amazon?

11. Roger_The_Alien unregistered

Nearly every one of my banks use it. Chase, Citi, Discover, American Express, Capital One and Amazon does for One-Click settings/purchased as well.

39. tedkord

Posts: 17511; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yet Apple, the manufacturer, won't allow it for family purchases. Wonder why?

43. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Because Apple isn't willing to take a risk on it and banks trusted Apples word foolishly. We aren't talking about the brightest group of individuals here. Maybe after their next bail out they will bring some sound business management into the picture.

13. lyndon420

Posts: 6915; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Looks like a step backwards...pre-iphonex owners rejoice.

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