IPhone X's Face ID demo fail was security not screwup
Sep 15 2017
It is definitely a matter of concern since the FaceID is one of the highlights of the iPhone X. However, Apple has assured that the FaceID is absolutely working perfectly. For many people, the most memorable moment came when a live demonstration of the newFace ID system failed to work. Later, Federighi was able to unlock it just by having a glance at the device.
Should Apple eventually determine that there would be reason to either begin storing faceprint data remotely or use the data for a goal other than the operation of Face ID, what steps will it take to ensure users are meaningfully informed and in control of their data?
Apple's introduction of Face ID on its new iPhone X smartphone is "another sign of the speed of innovation when it comes to biometrics", but the future is multimodal, writes Fingerprint Cards CTO Pontus Jägemalm on his company's inaugural blog post. Appleexplained the situation by saying that a lot of people were handling the iPhone X for "stage demo" even before the actual launch.
The built in chip that controls Face ID is built with a neural engine, allowing it to execute 600 billion operations per second.
"After failing a number of times, because they weren't Craig, the iPhone did what it was created to do, which was to require his passcode", Apple continues. The chip enables the phone to handle machine learning algorithms, which are what power various advanced features of the phone, such as Face ID, augmented reality apps and Animoji - emojis that are animated using facial tracking technology.
The bottom line is Face ID is a cool and convenient new feature.
It's hard to say if this is exactly what happened with 100 percent confidence, but Apple's explanation does appear plausible.
When Craig Federighi showed of Face ID at the iPhone X launch event it failed-at least at first. It projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots onto your face to build a mathematical model of your features.
Can Apple extract Face ID data from a device, will Apple ever store Face ID data remotely, and can Apple confirm that it has no plans to use faceprint data for purposes other than Face ID?
In fact, there are many situations when the Face ID won't be a reliable option to unlock the phone.