There has been a lot of rumors around the Apple Face ID, but now it comes to light that Apple has given the iPhone X an emergency feature. This feature allows users to trigger it if they’re forced by a thief or police to look at the device and unlock it.
The company says Face ID is much better than the Touch Id at avoiding biometric spoofing thanks to the hardware setup.
There were doubts about the security of people when they started developing the Face ID feature, about what happens if someone would want to force you to look at the phone just like forcing you to put a finger on the home button. These fears lead developer Keith Krimbel to ask Apple’s senior vice president of software engineer Craig Federighi a Question – What happens if a thief steals your phone and then points it at your face before taking off?
Kieth Krimbel posted Federighi’s response on Twitter where he suggests, iPhone X has you covered with two key mitigations.
— Keith Krimbel (@KeithKrimbel) September 14, 2017
The iPhone won’t unlock unless you stare at the iPhone and if you have the possession of the phone and asked to give it up, you can grip the buttons on both sides of the phone before you hand it over, this will disable the Face Id temporarily.
There is another way to disable the Face ID using the iOS 11 shortcut to disable it in case of an emergency situation. The process requires you to press the sleep button five times.
Answering to a question related to the Face ID working with sunglasses asked by Krimbel. He said it will work with most of them but not all
Craig Federighi has also admitted that during the trail runs Face ID failed to recognize him during the on-stage launch demonstration.
During the event Federighi phone was locked out while he was on stage, Apple has already given an explanation and said the feature worked as intended.
According to Federighi the “bio- lockout he experiences on stage has not been a problem for him in the months that he has been using the iPhone X. He said it would require several interactions from other people to wake up the phone.
Apple documentation clearly suggests that Touch ID and Face ID are automatically disabled after five failed attempts and would require a passcode to re-enable them.
Unlike Touch ID where you can register anyone’s finger such as your partners but with Face ID, for now, will allow only one face per device.