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Unlock with Apple Watch Not Working? Here's How to Fix the Problem

Monday August 16, 2021 10:21 am PDT by
When Apple introduced iOS 14.5 in April, it introduced the ability to unlock your iPhone with Face ID while wearing a mask, so long as you are wearing an Apple Watch. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more videos. In the current health climate, many people are wearing masks that cover their faces when going outside, visiting stores, and other tasks, which is why Apple added the...

How to Easily Unlock Your iPhone with a Mask

Tuesday May 5, 2020 8:01 am PDT by
In the current health climate, many people are wearing masks that cover their faces when going outside, visiting stores, and other tasks, and Apple's iPhones that use Face ID do not unlock when the user's face is obscured by a mask. With this in mind, in iOS 13.5, Apple has streamlined the speed with which the passcode pops up when a mask on the face is detected, making it easier to get into ...

How to Discreetly Disable Touch ID and Face ID on an iPhone

Friday September 22, 2017 9:07 am PDT by
There's an Emergency SOS feature built into iOS 11 that has hidden functionality -- it automatically disables Touch ID and makes it so your passcode has to be entered to unlock your iPhone. Because it essentially shuts down the biometrics on your device, you can't be compelled by a police officer or malicious person to unlock your iPhone with a fingerprint, nor can your fingerprint be used to...

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Face ID With a Mask: How It Works and What You Need to Know

Wednesday February 2, 2022 2:07 pm PST by
For many people, Face ID has been frustrating to use for the past two years because it doesn't work with a face mask, but that's changing in iOS 15.4, an update that's currently available to developers and public beta testers. iOS 15.4 adds Face ID with a Mask, letting you unlock your iPhone with Face ID even when your face is covered, so Face ID is as convenient with a mask as it is without ...

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Popularity of OLED Smartphones With In-Display Fingerprint Scanners Continues to Grow in 2019

Monday April 22, 2019 3:55 am PDT by
The popularity of OLED smartphones with in-display fingerprint sensors will continue to gather pace in 2019, DigiTimes reports this morning, despite Apple's decision to move away from the technology in favor of face recognition. Citing industry sources, the report says that rising popularity for fingerprint scanners in smartphone screens is being driven by a reduction in sensor prices and the...
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WhatsApp for iPhone Now Lets You Lock App With Face ID or Touch ID

Monday February 4, 2019 12:59 am PST by
WhatsApp has enabled a new Face ID authentication option for iPhones that support the feature, in the latest update to the messenger app (via WABetaInfo). The Facebook-owned platform has been testing the feature for iPhone X and newer devices in its TestFlight beta releases for some weeks now, but version 2.19.20 of WhatsApp, now on the App Store, makes ‌Face ID‌ available for all users with...
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Google Developing More Secure Face ID-Style Facial Recognition System for Android Devices

Monday January 28, 2019 12:56 pm PST by
Google appears to be working on a facial recognition system that would offer similar security to Face ID, based on code for the next-generation version of Android that was highlighted by XDA Developers. Code in Android Q, set to be shown off at Google's developer conference in May, points towards an advanced facial recognition system that would be secure enough to be used for authorizing...
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Police Can't Force You to Unlock an iPhone Using Face ID or Touch ID, California Judge Rules

Monday January 14, 2019 3:20 pm PST by
Law enforcement officials can't force smartphone users to unlock their devices using fingerprints or other biometric features such as facial recognition, according to a Northern California court ruling from last week. The ruling, which was shared this morning by Forbes, was the result of an Oakland investigation into possible extortion. Police officers asked the court for permission to seize...
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Security Researcher Cancels Public Talk on Hacking Face ID After Employer Calls it 'Misleading'

Thursday January 3, 2019 1:22 pm PST by
Chinese security researcher Wish Wu was set to give a talk on hacking Face ID at the Black Hat Asia hacking conference in Singapore in March 2019, but at the request of his employer, he's canceled the talk, reports Reuters. His presentation, called "Bypass Strong Face ID: Everyone Can Deceive Depth and IR Camera and Algorithms," supposedly offered details on a way to get past Face ID on the...
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3D Printed Head Fools Android Face Recognition, iPhone X 'Impenetrable'

Sunday December 16, 2018 5:45 pm PST by
Forbes recently challenged a variety of smartphone face-recognition systems with a 3d printed head modeled after the author's head.The head was printed at Backface in Birmingham, U.K., where I was ushered into a dome-like studio containing 50 cameras. Together, they combine to take a single shot that makes up a full 3D image. The final model took a few days to generate at the cost of just over...
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Hands-On With the In-Screen Fingerprint Technology in the New OnePlus 6T

Friday November 9, 2018 1:02 pm PST by
Back before the iPhone X came out, there were rumors suggesting Apple would do away with the Home button by implementing Touch ID under the display of the device, preserving the fingerprint sensor while allowing for an edge-to-edge display. That didn't end up happening and Apple ultimately replaced Touch ID with Face ID, but since then, other companies have implemented in-display fingerprint...
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Police Told to Avoid Looking at iPhone Screens Locked With Face ID

Sunday October 14, 2018 5:46 am PDT by
Police in the United States are being advised not to look at iPhone screens secured with Face ID, because doing so could disable facial authentication and leave investigators needing a potentially harder-to-obtain passcode to gain access. Face ID on iPhone X and iPhone XS attempts to authenticate a face up to five times before the feature is disabled and the user's passcode is required to...
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First Case Surfaces of Law Enforcement Forcing Suspect to Unlock iPhone With Face ID

Monday October 1, 2018 4:03 am PDT by
A Forbes report has highlighted the first known case of law enforcement forcing a suspect to unlock an iPhone using Face ID. The incident reportedly happened in August when federal agents obtained a warrant to search the house of a man in Columbus, Ohio, as part of a child abuse investigation. Apple marketing image for Face ID According to case documents, FBI agents got 28-year-old Grant...
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Global Shipments of 3D Sensing Smartphones Predicted to Reach 100 Million Units This Year

Tuesday July 17, 2018 3:29 am PDT by
Global shipments of 3D sensing smartphones are expected to reach over 100 million units in 2018, according to China-based analyst Sigmaintell, as Android phone makers gradually adopt the technology that Apple introduced to market last year. China-based Xiaomi and Oppo have already unveiled phones featuring their own versions of the 3D scanning technology that Apple launched in the iPhone X...
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Apple Updates Repair Policy for iPhone X Units With Face ID Issues

Sunday May 6, 2018 1:01 pm PDT by
Apple has updated its service policy for a limited number of iPhone X units that may be experiencing issues with Face ID. Apple Stores and Apple Authorized Service Providers are now authorized to perform a whole unit replacement for iPhone X units with Face ID issues, instead of a display repair, according to an internal document obtained by MacRumors. Apple Stores and Apple Authorized...
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iOS 11.3 Firmware Subtly Hints at iPad With Face ID

Thursday January 25, 2018 7:02 am PST by
Apple is planning to release a next-generation iPad Pro this year with slim bezels and Face ID, like the iPhone X, according to Mark Gurman at Bloomberg News, and evidence of the tablet may have been uncovered in iOS 11.3. iPad Pro with Face ID mockup by Carlos Guerra iHelpBR editor Filipe Espósito has discovered strings in the first iOS 11.3 beta that refer to a "modern iPad," which is...
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2019 iPhones Could Have Smaller Notch as Apple 'Looking Into' Combining Face ID and Front Camera

Tuesday January 16, 2018 6:39 am PST by
A new report from South Korea's ETNews insinuates that iPhones may have a smaller notch in 2019 or beyond. The report, citing industry sources, claims Apple is "looking into" combining the front-facing camera and Face ID on next year's iPhones, a move that could certainly reduce the size of the TrueDepth sensor housing.According to industries, it is heard that Apple is planning to...
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LG Expected to Supply Face ID Technology on New iPhone X, iPad Pro, and iPhone X Plus This Year

Tuesday January 9, 2018 5:29 am PST by
Apple is planning a significant investment in LG Innotek to secure supply of 3D sensing modules for next-generation iPhone and iPad models expected to launch this year, according to Korean website The Investor. iPad Pro render by Benjamin Geskin and rough mockup of iPhone X and iPhone X Plus The upfront payment could be worth as much as around $820.9 million, which LG Innotek would use to...
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Samsung Announces Exynos Chip for Galaxy S9 Series With iPhone X-Like Features

Thursday January 4, 2018 3:00 am PST by
Samsung today announced the launch of its latest flagship mobile processor that's expected to power the firm's upcoming Galaxy S9 series devices. Called the Exynos 9810, the 9 series CPU is built on a second-generation 10-nanometer (nm) FinFET process and, apart from being faster and more energy efficient, includes advanced AI and deep learning capabilities that will power a new breed of facial...
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Face ID Can't Be Used to Approve Family Purchases on iPhone X

Wednesday December 27, 2017 2:58 am PST by
Increasing numbers of iPhone X owners with children are finding that they are unable to approve family purchases using Face ID. The scale of the frustration was recently highlighted by ArsTechnica, which linked to a page on Apple's support forum containing hundreds of complaints. Basically, iPhone X users are unable to use facial authentication with the "Ask to Buy" feature, which lets...
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Craig Federighi: Apple Focused on Single-User Face ID, Touch ID Was Never Intended for Multiple Users

Friday December 1, 2017 7:06 am PST by
Apple's current focus with Face ID is on single-user authentication, suggesting support for multiple faces won't be added in the near future, according to an email from the company's software engineering chief Craig Federighi. By comparison, Touch ID can store up to five fingerprints, and each of those fingerprints can belong to a different person. This allows a married couple, for example,...
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iPhone X Face ID Again Unlocked With Mask, Even With 'Require Attention' Turned On

Monday November 27, 2017 2:02 pm PST by
Since the iPhone X launched earlier this month, people have been attempting to fool Face ID, the new biometric facial recognition feature built into the device as a primary security feature. Face ID has thus far been tricked by twins, children, and even a mask. Vietnamese security company Bkav made headlines in mid-November after uploading a video featuring Face ID accessed by a mask, but...
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10-Year-Old Unlocks Face ID on His Mother's iPhone X as Questionable Mask Spoofing Surfaces

Tuesday November 14, 2017 8:30 am PST by
A new video has surfaced of a 10-year-old child unlocking his mother's iPhone X with his face even though Face ID was set up with her face. The parents, Attaullah Malik and Sana Sherwani, said their fifth-grade son Ammar Malik simply picked up his mother's new iPhone X without permission and, to their surprise, unlocked the device with his very first glance.We are seeing a flood of videos on ...
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Apple's Silicon Chief Talks About iPhone Chips, Face ID, and More in Israeli Interview [Updated]

Tuesday November 14, 2017 6:03 am PST by
Johny Srouji, Senior Vice President of Hardware Technologies at Apple, recently talked about iPhone chipmaking, Face ID security, augmented reality, and more in a wide-ranging interview with Israeli website CTech by Calcalist. For context, Srouji leads the team responsible for custom silicon and hardware technologies like batteries, storage controllers, and application processors, including...