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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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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...
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Future HomePod Models Could Include Face ID Technology

Monday November 13, 2017 5:39 am PST by
A new rumor out of Apple's supply chain over the weekend suggests future iterations of the HomePod could come with 3D-sensing cameras supporting Face ID, similar to the front-facing technology on the iPhone X. Specifically, Inventec Appliances president David Ho mentioned recently that the company sees a trend towards both facial and image recognition technology being incorporated into smart...
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Face ID Appears to Fail at Telling Apart Brothers Who Aren't Twins in New Videos [Updated]

Saturday November 4, 2017 8:33 am PDT by
With the iPhone X now in the hands of thousands of customers around the world, many early adopters are putting Face ID to the test to see if Apple's facial authentication system is as secure as it advertises. Apple says the probability that a random person in the population could look at someone else's iPhone X and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000, compared to 1 in...
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1Password 7 Launching With Support for iPhone X, Face ID, Drag and Drop on iPad, Quick Copy, and More

Thursday November 2, 2017 7:25 am PDT by
AgileBits today is releasing 1Password 7 for iOS with several new features, just one day before the iPhone X launches around the world. 1Password has been redesigned with the iPhone X's new screen size and dimensions in mind. The app now supports Face ID for unlocking with the iPhone X's facial recognition system, in addition to the existing options of using Touch ID on older iPhone models...
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Privacy Experts Raise Concerns Over iOS Developer Access to Certain Pieces of Facial Data

Thursday November 2, 2017 6:18 am PDT by
The iPhone X's facial recognition abilities continue to be found at the center of privacy concerns, with the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Democracy and Technology today raising questions over how "effectively" Apple can enforce certain privacy rules surrounding face scanning (via Reuters). Specifically, the privacy defending groups are worried about how certain pieces of...
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U.K. Mobile Banking Apps Begin Offering Face ID Authentication Support

Wednesday November 1, 2017 6:23 am PDT by
Two U.K. banks today updated their mobile apps to support Face ID, the facial authentication feature exclusive to iPhone X, which officially launches on Friday, November 3. Nationwide and Bank of Scotland became the first mobile banking apps in the U.K. to provide compatibility with Apple's new facial recognition technology, which is set to replace Touch ID fingerprint authentication on all...
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iPhone X Face ID 'Twin Tests' Emerge With Mixed Results

Tuesday October 31, 2017 6:23 am PDT by
Now that the media has had hands-on time with the iPhone X, the new smartphone is being put through its paces in a few areas, including Face ID. Since the iPhone X's new biometric security system has already been at the forefront of much debate and skepticism, most review and hands-on coverage has tried to fool Face ID, including Mashable and Business Insider running a "twin test" to see if one...
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Apple Reportedly Reduced Face ID Accuracy to Speed Up iPhone X Production

Wednesday October 25, 2017 2:38 am PDT by
Several reports in recent months have covered Apple's struggle to ensure significant components for the upcoming iPhone X can be produced in large enough quantities to meet demand, with the main culprit being the 3D sensing modules that power the phone's TrueDepth camera and Face ID technology. In a surprise development, a new Bloomberg report today claims that Apple overcame its production...
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Apple Responds to Senator's Request for Info on Face ID Privacy and Security

Monday October 16, 2017 4:31 pm PDT by
Shortly after the iPhone X was unveiled, United States Senator Al Franken, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, sent a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook to ask several questions about the security and the privacy of Face ID. Franken asked Apple to address his questions by October 13, 2017, which Apple did through a letter sent by Cynthia Hogan, the...
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Himax Begins Shipping Wafer-Level Optics Technology for iPhone X's Face ID

Thursday October 12, 2017 2:54 am PDT by
Fabless semiconductor company Himax Technologies has begun shipments of chips based on wafer-level optics (WLO) technology to Apple, according to industry sources (via DigiTimes). The solution is reportedly a key component of the Face ID facial authentication sensor exclusive to the upcoming iPhone X. ChipMOS Technologies will also see revenues generated from orders for WLO chips increase...
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Apple's Face ID Turns Android Makers Away From Under-Screen Fingerprint Recognition

Saturday October 7, 2017 5:04 am PDT by
With its iPhone X debut and the introduction of Face ID, Apple has now tilted interest in the mobile industry away from under-display fingerprint recognition, and instead towards camera-based 3D sensing technologies as the ideal user authentication solution. That's according to the latest research note from respected KGI securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. According to the new note seen by...
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Apple Shares In-Depth Security Info on Face ID in New White Paper and Support Doc

Wednesday September 27, 2017 9:52 am PDT by
Apple has already shared many details on the upcoming Face ID facial recognition feature in the iPhone X through its software engineering chief Craig Federighi, who did several interviews, but now the company has consolidated that information into a new support document and an in-depth security white paper released this morning. [PDF] If you've been paying attention to Federighi's interviews...
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Facial Recognition Startups Report Increased Interest in Their Tech After Apple's Reveal of Face ID

Wednesday September 20, 2017 7:11 am PDT by
With the upcoming launch of the iPhone X in November, Apple is preparing to debut an all-new biometric security feature called "Face ID." By using half a dozen front-facing sensors and an enhanced camera system, the iPhone X will be able to project more than 30,000 invisible dots onto your face, create a precise map of what it sees, and remember it so that all you have to do to unlock the iPhone ...
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Apple's Craig Federighi: Uncertainty About Face ID Will 'Melt Away' Once People Get iPhone X

Friday September 15, 2017 5:41 pm PDT by
Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi today joined Daring Fireball's John Gruber on an episode of The Talk Show, where he likened uncertainties over Face ID to the concerns that customers expressed when Touch ID first launched in 2013 in the iPhone 5s.Honestly, we're just all counting the days that customers can finally get their hands on these. Because I think just like with Touch ID, ...
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Apple's Craig Federighi Answers Face ID Questions in New Interview

Friday September 15, 2017 1:59 pm PDT by
Face ID, Apple's new facial recognition feature in the iPhone X, has left users with a lot of questions about how it works. While Apple has offered detailed explanations of Face ID on its website, there continue to be questions and concerns given that this is a new biometric system. To answer some of those questions, Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi did a telephone interview...
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Doubts and Speculation Surround Apple's Onstage Face ID 'Fail' During iPhone X Keynote [Updated]

Wednesday September 13, 2017 5:36 am PDT by
Yesterday at a media event held in Apple Park, Apple announced its much-anticipated all-screen 5.8-inch iPhone X, which features a next-generation facial authentication system called Face ID for unlocking the smartphone in lieu of a home button with Touch ID. During the keynote at the Steve Jobs Theater, Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi took to the stage to demo Face ID....