A DAD has claimed he is able to unlock his wife’s iPhone X with his own face – bypassing the facial recognition safety feature – despite Apple promising there was a one-in-a-million chance of it happening.
Phill Bland was left fuming when he realised his wife’s phone unlocked at just a glance from him, and now believes that the device had adapted to his face.
Triangle News Dad Phill Bland said he was frustrated that the promised technology appeared not to work
The dad-of-two said the family was forking out £70 a month each and had paid a £40 one-off fee on an upgrade with phone provider EE, but he was left unimpressed at the possible security breach.
The 44-year-old said: “I asked Apple about it and they say ‘No it can only recognise one face.’
“It shouldn’t happen. It’s just pathetic.”
Apple released their long-awaited FaceID technology with their new iPhone X on November 3, with customers across the globe queuing to get their hands on the high-tech handset.
Triangle News In the video, Phill’s wife can be seen unlocking and locking the phone Triangle News She then passes it to Phill, who appears to be able to unlock the device Triangle News The dad said he was unimpressed, having specifically bought the device for its facial recognition feature
Phill, of Wigan, Greater Manchester, said he had particularly wanted the new facial recognition feature to stop his two kids, Ellie, 12, and Lewis, ten, pinching his handset.
But he said just a few weeks after his family bought the new phones, he could unlock his wife Paula’s phone – reckoning that the device now thought he owned the phone as he had used the passcode to open it so often.
He said: “We both know each other’s codes and I do use her phone if it’s lying around, so the only thing we can think is it’s started to think I’m her.”
HOW DOES IT WORK? The iPhone facial recognition system under the microscope
Face ID captures both a 3-D and 2-D image of your face using infrared light while you’re looking straight at the camera.
Apple then compares that information to images you took while setting up Face ID.
This comparison is performed using a “neural network” that lives on the iPhone X’s new A11 chip.
Five unsuccessful attempts at Face ID will force you to enter a passcode which you’ll need anyway just to set up facial recognition.
That requires you to come up with a secure string of digits or, for extra security, a string of letters and numbers to protect your privacy.
Apple’s official information on Face ID says its TrueDepth camera system uses “advanced technologies” to accurately measure the user’s facial features.
It adds: “With a simple glance, FaceID securely unlocks iPhone X.
“Face ID automatically adapts to changes in your appearance, and carefully safeguards the privacy and security of your biometric data.”
When the handset detects and matches a face, it should unlock instantly.