There are countless reasons you might not want a 10-year-old to have access to your new $1000 smartphone.
And, after setting up Apple’s FaceID, Staten Island mom Sana Sherwani joked there was ‘no way’ her son could get into it now.
Unfortunately, however, the authentication system didn’t work as planned.
In a video posted to YouTube, the shocked parents have revealed how Apple’s FaceID registers both Sherwani's face and that of her son Ammar, allowing the fifth-grader instant access to his mom’s phone.
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In a video posted to YouTube, the shocked parents have revealed how Apple’s FaceID registers both Sana’s face and that of her son Ammar, allowing the fifth-grader instant access to his mom’s phone
According to Apple, users must enter your passcode for additional security validation when:The device has just been turned on or restarted. The device hasn’t been unlocked for more than 48 hours. The passcode hasn’t been used to unlock the device in the last six and a half days and Face ID hasn't unlocked the device in the last 4 hours. The device has received a remote lock command. After five unsuccessful attempts to match a face. After initiating power off/Emergency SOS by pressing and holding either volume button and the side button simultaneously for 2 seconds.
While Ammar may resemble his mother, there are numerous differences that FaceID should detect.
But, in the video, the feature can be seen unlocking the device after a glance from Sherwani, and then from Ammar.
‘We are seeing a flood of videos on YouTube from iPhone users who have gotten their hands on the new iPhone X and are trying to trick the FaceID,’ wrote Attaullah Malik on " frameborder="0" gesture="media" allowfullscreen.
‘When my wife and I received our iPhone X, we had no such intention.
‘However, things changed right after we were done setting up our new iPhones on November 3rd.
'We were sitting down in our bedroom and were just done setting up the Face IDs, our 10-year-old son walked in anxious to get his hands on the new iPhone X.
‘Right away my wife declared that he was not going to access her phone.
‘Acting exactly as a kid would do when asked to not do something, he picked up her phone and with just a glance got right in.’
According to Wired, the 10-year-old was also able to unlock his father’s phone with FaceID, but only once.
In all other attempts, the feature did not give him access.
While the parents aren’t all too concerned with the possibility of Ammar abusing the flaw, though he could theoretically ‘order ice cream for himself whenever he wanted,’ it does act as an inconvenience, Malik