An announcement on Friday by Bkav, a Vietnamese cybersecurity firm, that it had cracked Apple's Face ID, and a subsequent video apparently showing an iPhone being unlocked when pointed at a mask, were greeted with some skepticism.
Bkav has gone to extreme lengths to unlock the iPhone X and while £115 is just a fraction of the £1,000 price tag, it seems unlikely that criminals are going to recreate each owners' faces before nicking their gadgets.
Even Apple had previously admitted the new face ID feature is morefor convenience than absolute security. Face ID was configured with a real person's face and that the mask was able to fool it.
Other researchers and Apple itself have tried-and failed-to fool Face ID using a mask.
"(These) important people should absolutely not lend their iPhone X to anyone if they have activated the Face ID function". "Security units' competitors, commercial rivals of corporations, and even nations might benefit from our PoC", they said. The sibling was not able to open the device using the Face ID during the first attempt, but did unlock it when he put on his glasses, which looked similar to the owner's glasses.
So should iPhone X users be anxious? It has been developing with the specific aim of fooling Face ID's depth-mapping technology. Apple wrote in a white paper on Face ID that it is smart enough to know when it's looking at a mask.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the upcoming iPad will feature a 10.5-inch display but will not make use of OLED displays and would rather stick with the LCD displays. It's created to be a more secure (and convenient) version of a passcode or Touch ID.
The researchers also think that their technique would require a detailed measurement or digital scan of the face of the target iPhone's owner.