Does this deter you from purchasing an iPhone X?
Additionally, Bkav noted that Face ID was unable to "learn" to correct its mistake, consistently allowing the "artificial twin" mask to unlock the phone during successive attempts. If those numbers are accurate, that 10 times more than what Face ID grabs in the same time frame.
Now before any iPhone X users start panicking, it's worth noting that criminals using this technique would still need direct access to your phone; they can't simply go around waving masks in the vague hope of unlocking iPhones.
Meanwhile, Apple also demonstrates how Face ID adapts as your face evolves - whether it is due to new glasses, makeup, or hairstyle: iPhone X recognises you, even when you change your look.
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In this clip, we see the researcher capture his Face ID profile in real time.
"About 2 weeks ago", Bkav's blogpost reads in part, "we recommended that only very important people such as national leaders, large corporation leaders, billionaires, etc. should be cautious when using Face ID". Who, after all, is going to spend hundreds of dollars and take the time needed to make a mask just to unlock the average iPhone X user's device? However, with this research result, we have to raise the severity level to every casual users: "Face ID is not secure enough to be used in business transactions", he said.
Also interesting is that the toggle for "Require Attention for Face ID" is switched on, thus showing that Bkav's 3D masks can fool Face ID even at its highest security setting. This feature is reportedly meant to prevent Face ID from being unlocked with a mask or photograph or when you are looking away from your phone.
We contacted Apple for comment, but knowing Cupertino's lot, it may be a while before we get a response.