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PSA: Family Members May Be Able to Train Their Way Into Your iPhone X via Face ID

You might want to consider changing your iPhone X passcode to something unique if you want to insure complete control over your new phone around your family. As evidenced by several reports of siblings, half-siblings and other close family members being able to “trick” Face ID, this is the best way to lessen the odds of it happening. Why do you ask? Because knowing the correct passcode to unlock the phone is the key to training Face ID. The X’s neural network that governs Face ID only acknowledges facial input for machine learning upon a failed unlock attempt after a subsequent successful passcode unlock. It also learns any changes to your face over time after successful unlocks. If you are letting someone else you are related to unlock your phone via passcode, there is a possibility that they will be able to train their way into unlocking your X via Face ID if you look enough alike.

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How Significant is the Reported Face ID Hack?

You’ve probably already heard by now that a Vietnamese “security firm” (a fancy name for a front for hackers) called Bkav has announced a successful hack of Face ID. Let the uproar begin. However, while everyone in the tech press loses their minds and attempts to pull in a boatload of easy clicks over this, let’s take a brief moment to step back and look at what has been reported in some context.

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Do We Really Want an iPad Pro with Face ID Right Now?

Photo Source: iDrop News

I guess this was inevitable. Right on heels of the release of the iPhone X, we now have rumors that Apple will roll out a new iPad with Face ID, no Home Button, and a bezel-less design. My first reaction upon seeing pictures of a mock-up of this potential device from noted leaker Benjamin Geskin (courtesy of iDrop News) was to drool a bit.

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Living with the iPhone X- Face ID Tests and Battery Life

I’ve gotten some questions about how well Face ID works in different conditions, so I decided to go beyond the observations that I’ve had from normal use. I did have one failure in darkness while I was in bed this morning that I mentioned in a reply, but I didn’t have any other usage to compare it against.

Based on all this, I decided to test Face ID in some different challenging conditions and see how it fared. In my regular job, I spend a lot of time testing, troubleshooting, and performing service on controls, so this is right up my alley. I don’t claim that these test are scientific in any way, or that they are more than anecdotal evidence of my experience. However, they are controlled and repeated, and I used Facebook Live, so there can’t be any claims that I have doctored the results in any way. Let’s get to it.

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Living with the iPhone X- Day 1 Observations

I’m going to call yesterday Day Zero with the iPhone X, and frankly, it was kind of a dud. I was able to form some impressions of Face ID, the look and feel of the phone (which I posted on earlier today), the screen, and the basic gestures, but that was it. My difficulty in getting my phone restored to a current backup threw everything else off, and the fact that I left it restoring when my family and I went to dinner around 7, and then came home and fell asleep before 10 PM didn’t help, either. Thankfully, I left the X charging and connected to WiFi before nodding off, so all of my apps and data were there when I woke up this morning.

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