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Face ID multi-user support is coming with iOS 12

by Danny Zepeda | June 5, 2018June 5, 2018 11:00 am PST

Apple’s iOS 12 is quietly adding a feature many iPhone X users have been clamoring for: multiuser support. Just like Touch ID, Apple won’t be marketing the feature as multiuser support, instead calling it an “Alternate Appearance” in the iOS 12 beta, according to 9to5Mac. Early testing confirmed Face ID on iOS 12 can recognize two completely different faces.

“In addition to continuously learning how you look, Face ID can recognize an alternate appearance,” reads the description for Alternate Appearance in the beta release of iOS 12, which first became available yesterday. 

Apple failed to mention the feature during its WWDC keynote, but it shouldn’t be too surprising. It has always been coy about multiuser support for its biometric sensors. Although Touch ID could support more than one fingerprint, Apple was always stern in saying it was not meant to be used with different people’s fingerprints.

Apple seems to be taking the same approach with Face ID and its ability to recognize different faces.

9to5Mac went on to note that as of right now, it is not possible to erase the second Face ID without resetting the original.

iOS 12 is now available as a beta for developers and will soon be available for public beta testing. Everyone else will have to wait until the fall for the public release.

9to5Mac

Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...

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