The most anticipated feature of the iPhone X was its edge-to-edge OLED display. This also meant that Apple has to integrate Face ID which replaced the Touch ID fingerprint recognition system on the iPhone X. Despite multiple criticisms, Apple assured that Face ID is safe and secure enough. Contrary to Apple‘s claims, security firm Bkav has managed to trick the iPhone X’s Face ID with an artificial mask. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhanaAlso Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
In a video released by Bkav, the company demonstrates using a mask to unlock the iPhone X. The mask is artificially made to imitate the device owner. The smartphone is kept in front of the mask which is covered at first. Face ID is already integrated on the device, and so it asks for the pass code at first. On opening the sheet, the iPhone X is immediately unlocked after it scans the artificial mask. Bkav concludes in the video that unlike what Apple says, Face ID is not as secure as is claimed.
Bkav, in a Q&A post also explains the works behind the creation of the mask. The security firm says that since it understands how Apple’s AI works, it could manipulate it. People have tried making masks in the past but were unsuccessful in tricking Face ID. It also states how the Face ID isn’t very strict in recognizing as it will unlock the device by scanning just half your face. Bkav itself just needed half a face to create the mask which is made using 3D and 2D printers. It cost the company $150 (approximately Rs 9,800) to make the mask. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X: How to set up and use Face ID
Apple hasn’t responded on this matter as yet. This brings into light the claims made by Apple of Face ID being able to distinguish between a real face and a mask. Apple even said that it worked with professional mask makers and makeup artists to make Face ID mask-proof. But it appears that Face ID can be manipulated, although with some effort. Bkav says that fingerprint recognition is the safest security system for smartphones as of now. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X Face ID put to test with identical twins; the results are puzzling