IPhone X’s Face ID Can’t Tell The Difference Between This Chinese Woman And Her Coworker

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Guess the Face ID isn't as secure as it says it is!

When the new iPhone was introduced to the public last September, the iPhone X Face ID feature was marketed as a game-changing security feature that has a “1 in 1,000,000 chance of a passerby on the street gaining access, compared to 1 in 50,000 with Touch ID,” MacWorld reports.

Sounds pretty secure, right?

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But there have been several reports that show us that maybe Face ID isn’t all that secure, after all. A Ms. Yan from China was shocked to discover that her coworker Ms. Wan could easily unlock her iPhone X using Face ID, South China Morning Post reports.

Screengrab: Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation

Even though Ms. Yan reconfigured her facial recognition settings several times, Ms. Wan was able to unlock the iPhone X. Though the two women certainly do look alike, the two are totally unrelated. When Ms. Yan called the Apple hotline to report the problem, she was told that it was “impossible”.

The two women then went to the nearest Apple store to show the staff themselves. The store said the phone may be faulty, and gave a refund. But Ms. Yan’s new iPhone X also had the same problem. She was offered a second refund, but it has not been confirmed whether Ms. Yan decided to buy a third iPhone X.

Younger relatives can fool Face ID

Before this incident in China, some faults with the Face ID had already been exposed. The Face ID, for example, can’t tell the difference between identical twins. (But let’s be real, that’s to be expected. The Face ID is sophisticated, but not magical.)

Apple has also admitted that the Face ID could be hacked by relatives, especially by kids, whose features haven’t completely developed yet. Take, for example, 10-year-old Ammar Malik, who recently discovered that he could easily access his mother’s phone after he looked at it and the phone unlocked.

“It was funny at first,” his father Attaullah Malik told Wired. “But it wasn’t really funny afterward. My wife and I text all the time and there might be something we don’t want him to see. Now my wife has to delete her texts when there’s something she doesn’t want Ammar to look at.”

Without a doubt, the iPhone X is a cool phone, but if you’re thinking of buying it, don’t count on Face ID to keep your data secure.

What do you think about the iPhone X Face ID feature? Let us know in the comments!

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