Ten-Year-Old’s Face Unlocks Face ID on His Mom’s iPhone X

Ten-Year-Old’s Face Unlocks Face ID on His Mom’s iPhone X

We are seeing a flood of videos on YouTube from iPhone users who have gotten their hands on the new iPhone X and are trying to trick the Face ID. When my wife and I received our iPhone X, we had no such intention. However, things changed right after we were done setting up our new iPhones on November 3rd. We were sitting down in our bedroom and were just done setting up the Face IDs, our 10-year-old son walked in anxious to get his hands on the new iPhone X. Right away my wife declared that he was not going to access her phone. Acting exactly as a kid would do when asked to not do something, he picked up her phone and with just a glance got right in. You can get more details of the whole event and further testing that we did from Andy Greenberg’s article on WIRED: https://www.wired.com/story/10-year-old-face-id-unlocks-mothers-iphone-x/

I have also written about it on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/my-10-year-old-son-can-unlock-wifes-iphone-x-using-face-malik/

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90 Responses

  1. Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machín says:

    Amazing, mother and son look the same! I guess that’s why right? haha

    • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machín says:

      Slender Death Yeah, I don’t have one to do tests, who knows, maybe the training, no idea. But is just found out they are very similar, just that. ??

    • Kyle Gutierrez says:

      Well my little cousin can’t unlock his mother’s Samsung and they are almost identical so it’s a failure of the tech

    • DUECE MOMM says:

      Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machín yessss lol.. they are twins

    • Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machín says:

      I found this video in a blog and commented what I thought right away. I don’t have an iPhone X (and I bet that nobody here have or even had one to test for themselves), so, I can’t judge a technology by simply watching a video, I can’t assure if it is a tech failure, or not, I don’t know the training process of this face id thing, who knows ¿maybe that’s the problem? or ¿maybe it’s a tech failure?, I can’t assure either one, and also, I don’t care, because I already have what I wanted and need, I prefer the fingerprint scanner, and I’ve been waiting for 4k 60fps HDR videos, and I prefer the iPhone because I use some apps that are unavailable to other devices, so I’ve got an iPhone 8 plus, It’s got what I need for music, video, and things that no other smartphone do “for now”. I personally don’t care about what Apple, Samsung, or anybody here or there “say”, I think tech needs to be tested, one need to test stuff to argue or come out with a real opinion, own experience, and I can’t say anything about this specific device.
      And …. Back to the video… “I” find them very alike, period… 🙂

    • Jacob_? says:

      Roberto Antonio Berrospe Machín exactly what I’m saying they look exactly the same

  2. High Def Tech says:

    That dab was the reason for my like.

  3. prodromos markopoulos says:

    Mother and Son is the same person

  4. badex Inc says:

    LOL. The boy’s dab at the end says it all. what a wrecked feature!

  5. Arun Rajamani says:

    So, what is apple going to do about this?

  6. Bravest Bullfighter says:

    Very handsome boy and informative video but be prepared for the wrath of apologists claiming the video is faked and that Fake ID was set up using the faces of both mom and son.

    • Daniel Sala says:

      You are correct sir! Only 1 face can be registered…. But as Apple said 1:1,000,000 and they look A LOT ALIKE

    • Gwendolyn Campbell says:

      Phusion yeah I think it’s one face only. The only thing I could question is he didn’t show that it was locked by touching the screen.

    • TwerkingNose says:

      Bravest Bullfighter no, Face ID will proritize one face over another if you even get two faces in the setup. And I don’t think anyone who like or is against Apple should be complaining, the odds of someone being able to unlock it are one in a million, and because of their resemblance it makes sense it’d unlock

    • Jacob Day says:

      no you can trick it into registering two faces

    • Namelessandpure says:

      You can only register one face.

  7. J Chan says:

    and you are the 1 of the million, 1:1000000 as apple claims

  8. John hale says:

    You both have a striking resemblance ( Nose / Eyes and even face ) – your son truly does take after you 🙂

    Id love to see this same video when he gets a bit older. Very cool (If this is true and real) 

    Where are you guys from?

  9. vaibhav taneja says:

    No DNA test required 😛

  10. Kenny 92 says:

    They’re funny lol

  11. Nicolas Rivera says:

    Bye Bye apple.

  12. Blendeture says:

    Not knowing anything, It seems pretty obvious to anyone that Touch ID is superior to Face ID.

  13. Travis McGowan says:

    To make this really legit, you should remove FaceID, and set it up and test it while shooting an unedited video

  14. xclimatexcoldxx says:

    Apples an idiot for acting like it’s impossible to break face id. They asked for it. I remember someone said that people said the titanic was so good that god couldn’t even sink it. And look at what happened there.

    • Alexander D says:

      xclimatexcoldxx J Chan Apple was right. 1 in a million chance a *random* person can get in. It’s not a surprise when he has half her DNA. And who cares if family has access anyway? On top of that, this is one instance out of millions of users. I don’t think Apple was wrong to make that claim.

    • Grant says:

      xclimatexcoldxx when he gets older, he won’t be able to do it anymore. Guarantee it. Puberty and testosterone will change the feminine boyish looks of his youth into more masculine adult features and it’ll be done and done.

    • Ryan Romero says:

      Just because son can unlock his mother’s phone does not nullify apple’s claim of a 1:1000000 chance that a RANDOM person could unlock your phone. Technically, there are 7,442 people on earth that could unlock your iPhone using face ID and Apple’s claim would still be correct.

    • Anders Lothbrok says:

      What happened? Do tell.

    • Matthew Garcia says:

      This video is a hoax look at bottom right when the boy “unlocks” the phone

  15. Ivan says:

    that dab made me cringe too hard.

  16. Mxrk Garcia says:

    Lol Apple, you done fucked up removing the touch ID.

    • alexco99 says:

      Mxrk Garcia This is most likely real and not fake, but I don’t think people should be jumping down apples throats. FaceID is a new feature that is still in development, and most importantly, FaceID uses machine learning. It learns your face over time, and learns to adapt to it. After a couple iOS updates and a few months of use I want to see if this will happen again. Also, if you don’t like FaceID then don’t get the IPhone X, get either an 8 or a galaxy.

    • Alex Felipe says:

      It happens to the best of us.

    • gigi black says:

      I have the iPhone X for 2 weeks and in my experience face recognition is 10000x better and faster than Touch ID. You don’t even realize it’s scanning your face once you get used to it, like you’ve never set up a password. I’ve rarely had issue with it and I’m sure Apple will improve the feature with time for those that are experiencing issues.

    • Namelessandpure says:

      Wyatt Begay Samsung has had facial recognition for years. Geesh

    • Tuqueque says:

      Namelessandpure except that it can be cracked with a picture

  17. JerryRigEverything says:

    Dab 1 – Apple 0

  18. John OBrien Gardener says:

    That body language. Face it, mom, he’s not a moma’s boy anymore.

  19. Four Queue says:

    Oh, I remember this riddle. The answer is that mom and son are actually twins!! ??

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