IPhone X: Face ID will be limited to one face per phone

Lynne Hanson
September 15, 2017

"But you can't share your biometrics", said George Avetisov, chief executive of biometric security firm HYPR Corp.

He then restarted the device and successfully entered it using Face ID, although BGR says the issue caused some to believe that the security feature "might be at fault".

Both systems store biometric data locally on the device rather than on a centralized server that could be targeted by hackers. The market research firm noted "prolific expansion" since 2012 and named biometrics one of the nation's five top performing niche industries. Upload a picture to Facebook, and the social media giant suggests friends to tag. The Minnesota Democrat is primarily concerned about the privacy implications of Apple's new feature.

The potential for widely deployed facial recognition systems has particularly concerned privacy experts, who have warned about a future in which our faces and other biometrics are used to track our every movement, our political activity, our religious lives and even our romantic encounters.

Face ID uses "TrueDepth" camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognise a face. Franken asks whether the technical ability exists for a third-party or Apple itself to access and acquire faceprint data from an iPhone X, and whether there's any particular reason why Apple may one day start storing this faceprint data remotely rather than exclusively on the iPhone X device.

To use it, glance at the front-facing camera.

Face ID projects more than 30,000 invisible IR dots.

We can skip the technical details concerning the workings of Face ID.

However, while iPhones are generally single-person devices, Face ID might become more of a complication if the firm rolls out the tech across the iPad range too. This could, for example, prevent someone from opening the device using your face when you're sleeping. Since the iPhone X authenticated only Craig Federighi's face, it was refusing till the time it put up the password prompt according to the standard iOS security protocols. The company went head-to-head with the Federal Bureau of Investigation over the agency's demand that Apple unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists behind the San Bernardino, California, shootings. Apple had refused to comply with agencies' request to engineer a way around the iPhone's security measures, saying that doing so would set a unsafe precedent.

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The iPhone is meant to request the secret word when the Face ID neglects to identify a face effectively.

In fact, Sean Maharaj, director in the retail practice of AArete, a global consultancy specializing in data-informed performance improvement, said that Apple is late to the game on releasing this technology, as Samsung had already pioneered it on its mobile devices.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment.

Many big tech companies have invested in facial technology in recent years.

This facial recognition capability has been trained on one billion photos (and on rubber masks to distinguish between real and fake faces) to be able to recognise a user quickly and easily.

The company has since confirmed that the quotes were from an Apple representative, BBC News reports. But the surprising part is Apple fans are seemingly not liking them.

"It feels like privacy is getting scarce", said Byron Miranda, an audio visuals integrator from Los Angeles who was shopping with his family. The screen includes 3D Touch, which allows you to execute different commands by pressing the screen with varying degrees of pressure.

"I don't think we should reflexively reject facial recognition".

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