This year, when the Apple iPhone X was launched with its unique Face ID, it changed the way we interface with our smartphones. After the initial awe of the device and the intricacies of the way Face ID works, we heard of reports where kids where able to cheat the iPhone X that belonged to their parents.
According to an earlier report from November in the Wired, Attaullah Malik, his wife Sana Sherwani and 10 year-old son Amaar demonstrated how the system could be cheated. But considering that Apple also lets you club together iPhones within your family together for shared purchases, it seems like a two edged sword.
Now, ArsTechnica highlights that family purchases don’t work with Face ID. Earlier, if you had a family member’s iPhone tied to your Apple ID as family, they could purchase apps and tie them to your billing details. The only authentication needed was Touch ID. That seems to have changed with Face ID.
This could probably be a preventive measure by Apple to prevent unauthorized purchases by kids whose phones are tied to their parent’s Apple accounts. As the ArsTechnica report highlights, since kids do end up purchasing points and add-ons for casual games from the App Store, it could result in a significant number of flawed authentication if the Face ID was authenticating the purchase.