A 10 year old boy who looks like his mum was able to unlock her iPhone X using Face ID.
In a video posted on YouTube, shocked mother of Sana Sherwani revealed how despite setting up her new iPhone X to recognise only her face, her son Ammar was able to gain instant access to the device.
While Ammar does resemble his mother, Face ID should detect they are in fact not the same person.
“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,” father Attaullah Malik wrote on YouTube.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Wired reports that the boy was also able to unlock his father’s iPhone X using Face ID, but only on one occasion, with the feature blocking him at the other attempts.
This is the second incident this week that has highlighted potential vulnerabilities in Apple’s facial recognition technology.
Earlier this week, researchers at cyber security firm Bkav hacked Face ID by using a 3D printed mask that included a silicone nose and 2D printed images of eyes.
“It means the recognition mechanism is not as strict as you think, Apple seems to rely too much on Face ID’s AI. We just need a half face to create the mask. It was even simpler than we ourselves had thought,” the researchers said.
While Bkav’s example was somewhat of an elaborate exercise, the case of Ammar Malik shows that Apple’s Face ID is far from perfect.