IPhone X Face ID spills secrets as Apple talks security

Apple iPhone X Held Back By Camera

As for Face ID itself, Apple says it has augmented its AI training over its development to ensure that it works accurately across a range of ethnicities, helping to preemptively guard against frustrations and controversies that have sometimes plagued other facial recognition systems. This technology works by its division into two halves: one side, which is being referred to as a "Romeo" module, projects infrared dots to map one's face, while on the other side, which is being touted as the "Juliet" function, there is a program that reads the pattern. With a glance, the Face ID will work to unlock the device, confirm Apple Pay payments, use Animoji (Apple's new customized animated emoji) and with third-party apps. Simultaneously squeeze the iPhone X's power button and either volume button for two seconds, and it will temporarily disable Face ID by turning the phone off.

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The mobile giant appears to have learned from its mistakes after a user embarrassingly fooled its Touch ID fingerprint system just days after the release of the iPhone 5s. It even recommends reverting to the outdated passcode for anyone concerned about these limitations.

Because face scan data is stored locally, Apple likely intends to avoid issues stemming from sharing biometric data. In a white paper released today, Apple assures that the "facial matching is performed within the secure enclave using neural networks trained specifically for that goal", which means data never leaves the user data. If it's a close enough match, Face ID may still save and use this model too.

"The probability that a random person in the population could look at your iPhone X and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 (versus 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID)[.] The probability of a false match is different for twins and siblings that look like you as well as among children under the age of 13, because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed".




Interestingly, Apple also details how Face ID will keep up with changes to a user's face over time. "Furthermore, it's created to work indoors, outdoors, and even in total darkness". The feature comes with an "additional neural network that is trained to spot and resist spoofing defends against attempts to unlock your phone with photos or masks", something that Samsung's Galaxy S8 struggled with.

With Face ID, you can unlock your iPhone X by simply raising it up to your face or tapping the screen. "Only in the case that you wish to provide Face ID diagnostic data to AppleCare for support will this information be transferred from your device".

The information collected by Face ID won't leave your device, the company reiterates on the site. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus start at $699 and $799, respectively, while the iPhone X starts at an eye-watering $999.

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