Apple introduced Touch ID with the iPhone 5s in 2013, and then the feature made it to the MacBook lineup with the MacBook Pro in 2016. In 2017, the company introduced Face ID with the iPhone X, but the 3D face recognition feature hasn’t made it to any Mac yet. However, a new leak suggests that Apple will soon launch Macs with Face ID.
You probably know by now that Apple’s Face ID does not work with masks. Apple has clarified that “Face ID is designed to work with your eyes, nose and mouth visible.” So if you are wearing a mask, the only option you have to unlock your iPhone is to use a passcode.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, it is in one’s best interest to wear masks whenever they go out. The issue is that if you own an iPhone X or newer with Face ID, you will realize that it fails to recognise your face if you are wearing a mask. The bigger issue is that the alternative appearance feature for Face ID which Apple first debuted in iOS 12 does not work with masks either.
The U.S Patent and Trademark Office has published a new Apple Patent describing a feature that uses Face ID to detect users’ positions and automatically adjust the screen orientation.
There have been several cases in the past when Samsung either used Apple-inspired designs or straight up copied them. Now, the South Korean brand has copied Apple’s Face ID icon and used it in one of its CES 2020 keynote slides.
San Francisco has barred its employees from using the iPhone with Face ID after banning face recognition in May. This means San Francisco has inadvertently banned city employees from using iPhones. Thankfully, the city amended law and exempted iPhones from the ban.
We have been seeing how people were able to fool the face-recognition system with 3D photos and spectacles. Now it has come to the light that Apple’s Face ID is superlative and cannot be fooled easily.
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.