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How easy is it to fool the iPhone X’s Face ID?

by Brandon Russell | November 3, 2017November 3, 2017 4:19 pm PDT

Without a proper home button (and Touch ID), Apple has opted to go with advanced facial recognition in the iPhone X. The feature promises to be more convenient than Touch ID while being effortless to use. Above all, Apple claims its new Face ID system is more secure than a fingerprint sensor. So, can it be fooled?

We put the system to the test and found that Face ID is, as Apple claims, incredibly adept as detecting subtleties in appearance, while being able to recognize users who change their look with glasses and other accessories.

To see if we could fool Face ID, we ran through the typical gamut of tests, adorning different wigs and sunglasses to see if Touch ID was smart enough to catch on. Hint: It was. And then we tried to see if it would unlock while Jon feigned sleep. It didn’t.

The real test was to see if Touch ID would unlock with a mask of Jon’s likeness. Apple already said it built Face ID so it can’t be fooled by professionally made masks and makeup, but we wanted to try anyway. And…

Face ID couldn’t be fooled, which was to be expected. Needless to say, Apple’s Face ID lives up to the hype and looks to be a worthy replacement for Touch ID. (If you want a deeper explanation of what Face ID is capable of, you can read this post.)

Check out the video to see how all of the tests played out. It’s great to see that Apple’s new feature is as good as the company says, which puts us a little more at ease as to its viability for the future.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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