Published: Fri, September 15, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Face ID in the iPhone X will only recognize one person

Face ID in the iPhone X will only recognize one person

When the users use the fingerprint scanner to unlock their device, their fingerprint is scanned with the saved numeric data and when the data is matched the device is unlocked.

Rattled, Federighi pressed the Sleep button to try unlocking the iPhone X with Face ID again, but the passcode screen still popped up.

Animoji relies on the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system, which can capture facial movements and translate those expressions to the animations. The technology uses several sensors to map the faces of users and stores the resulting data on the device itself, allowing users to later unlock the device or use the Apple Pay app my merely glancing at it.

As senior vice president of Software Engineering Federighi picked up the $999 iPhone X, he announced that "unlocking it is as easy as looking at it and swiping up". As Apple explained to Yahoo, the reason behind this was due to the fact that multiple people handled the iPhone X before the live demo. One of them is the Face ID. The statement continued adding, "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 says the iPhone X had been handled by a number of people before the stage demonstration, and the smartphone had tried to authenticate their faces. Did the facial recognition technology fail, or is there another explanation? Craig then had to use another phone to continue the demo.

"The news will reassure those concerned that Face ID may not recognise their unique visage", says The Guardian.

The Senator also asks what steps Apple took to ensure that the Face ID technology could not be duped by a photograph or exterior image of a particular person. It projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots onto your face to build a mathematical model of your features.

From the moment Apple started to talk about Face ID, there were concerns voiced about privacy and security.

While biometric data such as fingerprint sensing and iris recognition system have been used in smartphones for long, Apple' face recognition based biometric lock, has raised issues such as what would happen if data stored in a phone lands in the wrong hands.

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