Federighi on Face ID, sunglasses and theft: Shades are not a problem, but getting your iPhone X stolen is
by Milen Yanachkov / Sep 15, 2017, 2:35 AM
Face ID, Apple's new security and authentication method for the iPhone X, has been the object of various controversies from the moment it was announced at Apple's September event. From the perceived failed attempt of Craig Federighi to unlock the iPhone X using Face ID during the keynote, down to legitimate concerns about the security and privacy of users' data, the system will have a lot to prove when the X launches.
In the mean time, iOS developer Keith Krimbel has emailed Apple with some questions regarding Face ID, and he has got an interesting response back, one that should shed some more light on how the feature will work and what Apple has done to prevent possible exposure of sensitive user data in unfortunate scenarios, such as theft.
First off, will Face ID work with sunglasses? Indeed it will, Federighi says, with most types of sunglasses, at least. Apple's SVP of software engineering says that most sunglasses, even completely opaque-looking ones, will let enough IR light through to let the camera do its work, but things may not go so well if you have glasses with really thick or dark lenses.
Next question Krimbel asked was, "What will prevent a thief from taking my phone, pointing it at my face and running?", to which Federighi responded with two possible solutions, or at least "mitigations," as he puts it: "If you don't stare at the phone, it won't unlock," and "If you grip the buttons on both sides of the phone when you hand it over, it will temporarily disable Face ID."
So there you have it folks, if someone tries to steal your iPhone X, simply either look away or press all the buttons before handing it to the thief!
Just kidding, sheesh!
Here's the email Krimbel got in response to his questions:
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funny. human nature is staring things that comes toward them. thief lift the phone towards you, isnt an exception neither.
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 2:42 AM 1
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Come to think of it, Face ID unlocking the device as soon as the screen is on could be a bummer in this situation. If someone hijacks your phone, you're not gonna just close your eyes or look away at first instance, you're gonna be shocked, which is perfect moment to unlock the device. I think it would be better to require the thief focus on the screen for a moment and attempt interacting with it before facing it to you, that should give the owner little chance to fight back before the thief takes off. Just my 2 cents.
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 2:52 AM 1
In defense, I have never Heard of a case where a theif would expose himself just to unlock the device that he just pickpoketed/swiped from you. If it's a straight up mugging (with a weapon) and theif wants it unlocked - then you're going to unlock it regardless of what Phone u use (FP, passcode, pattern, iris, or faceID) - it's not worth your life. In any case, grab anything with internet and go to iCloud.com>find my phone, then wipe the device immediately, set it as "stolen", and even track it (if you plan to present its whereabouts to police)
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 2:54 AM 3
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In the future apple will say no sir you need special apple sunglasses to unlock. Unlocking will not work with other brands, it will only cost you 350 euros to purchase these awesome shades......iFans will go nuts because it's going to be revolutionary!
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 3:13 AM 21
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Congrats, you just made the stupidest comment of the month, here take your badge for this achievement, level 2 of the dumbest fandroid is unlocked
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 4:01 AM 2
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who cares if they unlock it, you still can't do anything harmful without knowing the passcode and icloud password. Worse they can do is make a call that might cost you a little something lol. simply log into your icloud use find my phone to lock it and contact the police.
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 3:33 AM 0
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Ever heard of spare parts? Here in India, an Apple iPhone 7 Plus display can be replaced for $125 in Grey market which people prefer compared to Apple care which demands $250 :(. Thief sells an iPhone 7 plus for a mere $200 & that person makes around $400 easily with its expensive spares, very very sad but true :(. Also these iCloud locked phones from western markets are sold in developing markets for half the price of new one.
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 1:15 PM 1
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I didn't say there was no reason to steal a locked iPhone but caring about rather the phone is unlocked or not when it gets stole is irrelevant. As for that last bit, if it's iCloud locked it doesn't matter where it comes from you can't use it for anything but parts.
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 1:27 PM 0
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iris scanner.... i repeat this is an iris scanner...
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 3:40 AM 15
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So "faceID" = "Iris Scanner". Yet, phonearena listed it as one of their Apple first.
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 5:08 AM 3
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Too many steps involved in RACE IS 1. Tap, or pick it up 2. Swipe 3 look at it 4. Swipe, cause unlock still leaves you on the lock screen And since you have to have you eyes open, it's really just an iris scanner. Really Apple...reallyyyyyy...
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 5:13 AM 11
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Really folks!? For those people that are seriously contemplating this article regarding someone stealing your smartphone...any smartphone can be stolen. Just because the trolls have a fixation on a given brand doesn't put the responsibility of anti theft of a physical device, of any brand, on the manufacturer. If you trolls are going to troll at least be less ridiculous about it. Although, I do get a good laugh from time to time and if I ever feel a little challenged in the knowledge department, all I need to do is read some of the comments here and I quickly realize I am actually quite intelligent. Have an awesome day everyone!
posted on Sep 15, 2017, 6:57 AM 0
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