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Does the face mapping of an iPhone X really have the X Factor?

I remember the days where Touch ID was a phenomena. 

Apple's iPhone X, newly released last Friday allows users to unlock the phone with their face - a forward-thinking move likely to bring facial recognition to the masses.

And of course, with any new feature, there are concerns with the technology. Danu touches on this point in a recent video we filmed at RUSH. 

With this device in particular, there has been chat about a number of privacy safeguards - as the data will only be stored on the phone and not in any databases.

Although, I am yet to play around with the feature. I did read that it is pretty straight forward to use - working well 9 times out of 10, and when that falls short there is always a pin option. Ultimately, unlocking one's phone with face ID may offer added convenience and security for iPhone users, according to Apple, which claims its "neural engine" for Face ID cannot be tricked by a photo or hacker.

Apple’s white paper further fleshes out how Face ID functions — noting, for example, that the TrueDepth camera’s dot projector module “projects and reads over 30,000 infrared dots to form a depth map of an attentive face” when someone tries to unlock the iPhone X (the system tracks gaze as well which means the user has to be actively looking at the face of the phone to activate Face ID), as well as grabbing a 2D infrared image (via the module’s infrared camera). This allows Face ID to function in the dark. As long as you have confidence in the calibre of Apple’s security and engineering, Face ID’s architecture should given you confidence that the core encrypted facial blueprint to unlock your device and authenticate your identity in all sorts of apps is never being shared anywhere.

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