10-year-old boy unlocks mom's Apple iPhone X using Face ID


A video has surfaced on YouTube in which a 10-year-old boy is seen unlocking his mother's iPhone X using his face.

Since the iPhone X has hit the market, people have been trying all sorts of ways to trick the phone's Face ID feature, including this creepy, cobbled-together mask. This put an end to Ammar's Face ID hacks. However, the company explicitly admitted that the chances of breaking Face ID security increase with siblings, twins, and children under the age of 13, by publishing a security white paper.

It is possible that the son's age played a role as Apple has said that the "undeveloped facial features" in those under the age of 13 could cause issues with Face ID. But a new video, featuring a Mom-son duo, shows the facial recognition tech is more vulnerable than it appears. Ammar could once again unlock her iPhone X, but only on the third and sixth attempt. We were sitting down in our bedroom and were just done setting up the Face IDs, our 10-year-old son walked in anxious to get his hands on the new iPhone X. Right away my wife declared that he was not going to access her phone. He doesn't fall under the "twins" exception and has a big age difference compared to my wife. His face is smaller than my wife's face and the geometry of their faces don't match, at least to human eyes. Apple in its security white paper says this "augmentation process" for its Face ID model is to "keep up with dramatic changes in your facial hair or makeup use, while minimising false acceptance".

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According to the Wired, the 10-year-old kid did not just unlocked his mother's phone, but after discovering that he was able to breach phone's security on his mother's phone, he tried hands on another iPhone X, which was of his father, and succeeded there too.

While cases like this one might not be that common, it seems family members with similar facial structure could circumvent the privacy of their loved ones by fooling the Face ID tech. But it would be troublesome if that 1 person is living in the vicinity of the iPhone X user. But the researchers' team at security firm Bkav allegedly proved that assurance wrong through a mask that cost $150 (approximately Rs. 9,800) to make.