Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

10-Year Old Successfully Unlocks His Mom's iPhone X Using Face ID

10-Year Old Successfully Unlocks His Mom's iPhone X Using Face ID

At first, she was explaining the fact all concerning the unlocking of the Face ID.

This is what a new video shows that features Sana Sherwani and her kid Ammar Malik.

Attaullah Malik, the husband of Sherwani, pointed out some flaws in a LinkedIn post that led his son to unlock the iPhone X of his wife.

Later on, the mother reregistered her face under different lighting, her son was no longer able to unlock her phone. But in a shocker, a 10-year-old accidentally unlocked his mother's iPhone using his face which was not even registered in the phone.

The Video shows the Mother locking the phone and then unlocking with her face, passes it to her son, Mark who is 10 year old, in less than a second, the phone actually does the same.


Reviews of the phone widely noted issues with the feature, which uses infrared light to map users' faces and unlock the phone when the correct owner is looking at it.

Attaulah Malik, Ammar's father shared this story on Youtube and LinkedIn as well, where he acknowledged that his son's face can not always unlock his mother's phone, as reported by Wired. Unlike Touch ID where you can register multiple fingerprints, Face ID is only programmable with one face per device.

This isn't the first time Face ID has been fooled. It was proven earlier that it can be unlocked easily by an identical twin. But it would be troublesome if that 1 person is living in the vicinity of the iPhone X user. Now it looks like there's another easy scenario and parents might want to take note before getting an iPhone X. The mask in the video is intricately put together, with a silicone nose, specially crafted "skin", and 3D-printed parts.

Meanwhile, when the executive Phil Schiller was introducing the iPhone X, he publicly said Apple's engineers had worked with professional mask makers and makeup artists in Hollywood to protect against attempts to beat Face ID. 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.

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