Apple first ditched Touch ID and replaced it with Face ID in 2017 with the iPhone X. Since then, the company has moved its entire iPhone lineup towards Face ID and even switched its iPad Pro lineup to Face ID in favor of Touch ID last year. Despite the company clearly steering away from Touch ID, Apple’s VP of Product Marketing Greg Joswiak sees Touch ID still having a role in Apple devices for the foreseeable future.
During the Black Hat 2019 conference, security researchers demonstrated an attack using which one could bypass Face ID. However, there’s a catch: it requires that the user of the iPhone/iPad is unconscious.
To date, Apple’s confidence in its latest biometric security measure, Face ID, has panned out. But that may not always be the case.
First Reported Case of Law Enforcement Agency Forcing Suspect to Unlock iPhone X using Face ID Detailed
The first documented case of a law enforcement agency forcing a suspect to unlock their iPhone X using Face ID has been unearthed by Forbes. The incident occurred on August 10 when the FBI searched the house of Grant Michalski in Columbus, Ohio for possessing child pornography.
Face ID is an innovative feature that uses face detection mechanism to allow users to unlock their iPhone. It was first introduced in iPhone X to replace the old Touch ID unlock mechanism. As you might know, Face ID is available in iPhone X only so if you own an older iPhone model, then you won’t be able to take advantage of this new feature.
Touch ID lets you add 5 different fingerprints for authentication. But for iPhone X, you can only add one face. This was as severely limiting factor if you were used to sharing your device with your significant other, kids or your parents. iOS 12 makes this process slightly simpler. You can now add one more face to Face ID using an unofficial workaround.
Face ID on the iPhone X has been immensely popular. Although the feature wasn’t without scrutiny, particularly during its early days, people who have used this feature are very much in favor of it.
While Apple did not announce any Face ID related improvements with iOS 12, the OS does make some improvements to facial recognition on the iPhone X. On iOS 11, Face ID was limited to registering just one face. However, with iOS 12, Apple has added an option to register your alternative appearance.
Apple has published a new video ad to its official YouTube page, a new short film that will more than likely make it to TV screens soon enough.
Through November and December of last year, Apple was publishing new ads on its YouTube channel to help promote the newest smartphone in its lineup, the iPhone X, and its newest biometric security feature, Face ID.