The iPhone X seems to not be living up to its name.
The iPhone X has been a little bit of a let down for some users who saved up big and waited in line long for Apple's latest smartphone. After the latest iOS update that turns the letter "i" into "A[?]" (Drake even shared his frustration on this bug fix) and with reports of the phone being way too easy to break, now comes the latest revelation that the super-cool face recognition system is actually very easy to hack.
The geniuses over at the Vietnamese security firm Bkav, recently shared a video that shows just how easy it is to break into an iPhone X with a simple $150 dollar mask.
"The mask," Bkav states, "is crafted by combining 3D printing with makeup and 2D images, besides some special processing on the cheeks and around the face, where there are large skin areas, to fool AI of Face ID."
After the iPhone was made available on November 3rd, the team had the hack successful on November 9th. For those who don't know, the face-scanning system on the iPhone works by a True Depth camera that scans your face every time you are using your phone. Apparently, Apple worked with skilled mask makers in Hollywood to ensure the new technology could not be hacked...they have now been proven wrong.
The security firms success makes the past rumours about Apple downgrading the face technology components, as a way to speed up shipping, even truer.
As we previously reported, before the iPhone hit the market the company was taking drastic measures to speed up the shipping of the phones. One of those measures was lowering the internal specifications for its Face ID components.
“[Apple] quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture,” a source revealed.
Watch how the team over at Bkav used a mask to break into the iPhone below.