Apple crammed quite a number of new hardware and features into the iPhone X, and one of the most discussed features is definitely Face ID. Now that some folks have gotten their hands on the iPhone X, Face ID can finally be put to the test, and it does have some limitations.
In The Wall Street Journal’s rather extensive testing of Face ID, it works as advertised – for the most part. The iPhone X can still recognise the reviewer’s face even when she was wearing glasses, sunglasses, and a hat, but the device doesn’t unlock once she puts on…a mustache. Not the most realistic testing scenario, but interesting nonetheless.
However, the most intriguing test was when WSJ brought in identical triplets to the test, and surprise surprise, all three triplets could trick Face ID without much difficulty.
Mashable also did its own test of Face ID, and in their testing, both sets of identical twins managed to fool the facial recognition technology. In Business Insider’s test, however, the iPhone X did not unlock for the twin that didn’t register his face with the phone.
So what’s the verdict? If you have an identical twin, chances are he or she will be able to unlock your device, which isn’t all that surprising. As Phil Schiller of Apple puts it, “if you happen to have an evil twin, you really need to protect your sensitive data with a passcode.”