An Apple exec explains an iPhone X Face ID hidden security feature.
Apple's iPhone X drops Touch ID in favor of a 3D face-scanning technology Apple calls Face ID.
Almost immediately, people had concerns about how it could be defeated by other people.
Could someone just point your own phone at you and be able to unlock the device?
A developer by the name of Keith Krimbel wrote an email about his concerns.
And sent it directly to Craig Federighi, Apple's Senior VP of Software Engineering.
To Krimbel's surprise, Federighi replied.
Krimbel posted the email exchange on Twitter.
Krimbel asked if the iPhone 10 would require a password more often than touch ID does, referencing the moment during Apple's presentation where face ID did not work as planned for the Apple senior VP.
Federighi replied saying, "being locked out of face ID requires several interactions by other people where they woke up your phone." He says in his day to that experiences this has not been a problem.
Then, theres a security question posed by Crimble, "what will prevent a thief from taking my phone, pointing it at my face, and running?" But [UNKNOWN] explained, if you don't stare at the front, it won't unlock.
He also mentioned, if you grip the buttons on both sides of the phone when you hand over the device, Face ID will be temporarily disabled.
There is no mention as to how this long lockout lasts.
During Apple's presentation, there was no information about this feature either.
The Apple iPhone X is not due out until November 3.
Expect a lot more information about Face ID to trickle out Since it's a relatively big change.
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