Son continuously unlocks mother’s iPhone X using Face ID


  • Graham Fluet

    So that one in a million chance because a lot more plausible when that one is actually family.

    • NoOneCares

      Especially when giving them the passcode – as was done here, which basically invalidates this. Like other stories they basically trained the phone to recognize both of them. When I see a story where no sharing of the passcode is involved, I may be ever so slightly concerned, until then, not so much.

    • Stuntman06

      I don’t see where in this article it indicated the passcode was shared. All she did was replicate the lighting conditions.

    • NoOneCares

      Saw this story in a more complete version earlier today. The passcode was shared. The son was never able to access immediately without having used a passcode at some point.

    • Stuntman06

      Do you have a link? I also looked at the original Wired article. The Wired article said that if it reads a face and it does not recognise it, then the passcode is entered, the iPhone would learn from it. The Wired article said that this did not happen. They even reset the face ID and the son still got in after a few attempts.

    • NoOneCares

      Rechecked. I think it was the 9to5 MAC version. True enough it doesn’t confirm that a passcode was used. Chalk it up to personal bias. I am simply sceptical. I don’t believe that Apple would risk their integrity on insufficient testing, but I do believe people would lie or omit details just to get their 15 minutes of fame. Darker lighting during seteup seems dubious since we are talking infrared which doesn’t care about light.

    • George Jia

      Well, we should be skeptical since people are willing to lie about seeing some important detail in articles to defend a company or product they like.

    • NoOneCares

      Honest mistake (which I owned up to) not a lie – important difference.

    • Stuntman06

      No problem. We all make mistakes.

      I do know that when I used face recognition on an older device, any source of light from behind me caused the face recognition to fail. That was using just visible light. I had to ensure there was no light bulb or other bright source of light behind me when using it.

      There can be some sources of infrared in certain environments that could interfere with the infrared sensors on the iPhone X. As it is infrared, it is not obvious to us as we cannot see infrared.

    • John Lofwire

      I would not trust a apple based website that say good thing about apple security its seem very prone to bias.

    • John Lofwire

      search iphone X unlocked with a mask.
      An asian guy unlocked an iphone X using a mask that did not even look like him.

      Basically face id dont scan fully the whole face.. its take the 3d mapping of the whole face ( as the guy proved that can be reproduced with a 3d mask ) and 2d printed eye and mouth.


    • Mr Dog

      Honestly these videos are getting silly. I can get Face ID to unlock with my and some guys 99 year old grandma’s face too if I wanted the hits/attention. Sites need to stop giving them attention unless they are willing to show the full process.

    • Smanny

      There was even a guy that made a mask, and it didn’t even look like the guy. But it unlocked his iPhone X.

    • It’s Me

      Not “a guy”, it was a company and they used a 3D printer, a sculptor and likely trained FaceID to recognize the mask after initial registration. Ars technica basically debunked their claims. They couldn’t and wouldn’t answer basic questions. Ars came just short of calling it a hoax.

    • John Lofwire

      Exactly 🙂

    • John Lofwire

      If it make you feel safer..
      Me its just show its not as secure as apple say and not a good replacement for touch id.

    • Graham Fluet

      It makes me feel less safe.

      I do not trust my family with my phone at all.

  • Marshall Davidson

    Who cares. Overpriced piece of garbage this phone is.

  • Canadiana Jones

    Frankly speaking, this is the first time in my life I see a child that looks EXACTLY like one of his parents. Sure, the resemblance is always there, but this boy is an exact copy of his mom.

    • John Lofwire

      nope he is not… he look like her a bit but not that much.
      Hell i looked much more like my parent than he do.

  • John Lofwire

    Another fail..

    I seen an article on another website where asian ppl used a mask ( that looked like bandages ) with only eye , nose and mouth printed ( 2d print ) on it…

    Face id is a joke..

  • This shouldn’t be a surprise. The wording of FaceID is 1 in a million of a “random” person unlocking your phone. Kin isn’t random, so it shouldn’t be a shock. Our family doesn’t only look like us, we also share genetics. The safest way to lock a phone has always been a passcode over 4 digits.
    That or….. Don’t do anything on it you don’t want falling into the wrong hands. (had to say it)