Apple officially clarified what happened during the Face ID presentation on the Steve Jobs Theater stage when the first attempt to recognize it did not succeed. Meanwhile, American politicians are already interested in the privacy issues of this system.
Apple explained that the demo of the iPhone X had been tested by several people before the actual event when Craig Federighi had to climb on stage. The Face ID had therefore sought to authenticate the faces of all those who had tested the iPhone X to prepare it for the presentation and, after various failed attempts to fail (Federighi's face was set on the iPhone X), the device went into block and requested the access code . For this reason, when Federighi went to the stage to see the Face ID in action, the iPhone X was already in password access mode.
This is the ] official statement of Apple:
Several people used the device before the official demo and many did not realize that the Face ID was trying to identify their face. After failing recognition for a number of times, because the face set was Craig's, the iPhone did what it was designed to do, namely, requesting access code. In other words, the Face ID works just as we designed it.
Yesterday had talked about about a similar situation, however, caused by the iPhone reboot, but in fact the result does not change: it was not a Face ID, as iOS is set to work this way as it already does today with Touch ID .
Face ID is already debating American politicians. submitted a formal request to ask Apple to provide more details on the privacy and security warranties offered by Face ID .:
Apple may use the data to benefit from other areas of its business, sell it to third parties for surveillance purposes, or receive requests from judges for access to the Face Recognition System. All these aspects need to be clarified.
Senator has provided ten questions to Apple to try to resolve these concerns about privacy and security. Franken wants to have more information on how Apple guarantees that its system can recognize a wide range of faces, including race, gender, and age without any discrimination; how and where Apple took over 1 billion images to test and create the Face ID; what are security warranties or security guarantees that iPhone can not be unlocked via other faces.
On the keynote stage, Phil Schiller reiterated that the Face ID is safer than the Touch ID: " There's a lot more chance that two people's fingerprints are similar and they can unlock the same Touch ID . With the Face ID, this probability is 1 out of a million, with the Touch ID being 1 out of 50,000. "