So how safe is all this Face ID?
THE release of the iPhone X with sophisticated facial identification technology has left some wondering how safe our privacy is. Apple says it has gone to incredible lengths to ensure that Face ID information is not shared or can in any way be targeted by hackers. If anything, it argues that it strengthens people’s privacy by making it nearly impossible for others to access their phone, messages or private information. Using its Touch ID system, Apple says the chances of being hacked is one in 50,000. With Face ID, that chance diminishes to one in 1 million. There is no ‘photo’ taken of your face. Instead it captures a depth map and infrared image. “A portion of the A11 Bionic chip’s neural engine – protected within the Secure Enclave – transforms the depth map and infrared image into a mathematical representation and compares that representation to the enrolled facial data,’’ Apple says. “Face ID automatically adapts to changes in your appearance, such as wearing cosmetic makeup or growing facial hair.” It is designed to work with hats, scarves, glasses, contact lenses and most sunglasses, even in total darkness. We’ve been using Face ID for the past few days and it works very quickly. I wear glasses – something that proved a stumbling block to facial recognition on Samsung’s flagship Note8. In contrast, Apple’s Face ID works very well – including when using Apple Pay.