You can disable the iPhone X's FaceID if you're in trouble

From Engadget - September 15, 2017

Keith Krimbel was sufficiently moved by the worries about how FaceID could be abused that he emailed the Apple executive. He posted the response to his Twitter, where Federighi explains that there are two different ways that the FaceID system can be stifled. Firstly, if you do not stare at the phone, it wo not unlock, and presumably that means you need to have your eyes open.

The second is that if you squeeze the power and volume buttons on either side of the device before handing it over, FaceID will be temporarily disabled. It's not clear how long you need to squeeze them for, or how long FaceID will be blocked once you do so, but Apple has, at least, thought about the situation somewhat. We have reached out to Apple to confirm if Federighi's email is genuine, and will update this if we hear back.

Although it's worth mentioning that some of the concerns surrounding FaceID were already resolved with TouchID, which first popped up in the iPhone 5S. For instance, a Court in Virginia Beach ruled in 2014 that while passcodes are protected by the Fifth Amendment, fingerprints are not. As a consequence, law enforcement officials in several other instances have placed suspects fingers on phones to unlock them. It's likely, therefore, that your face would be as equally fair game.


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