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Why Apple's Face ID Is A Bad Idea If You're Under 13

One News Page Staff Friday, 29 September 2017
Why Apple's Face ID Is A Bad Idea If You're Under 13by 👨‍💻 Graham Pierrepoint

Apple’s latest handsets – the iPhone 8 range and the forthcoming behemoth iPhone X (famously weighing in at $999) – have of course been grabbing the technology headlines in recent weeks. The iPhone 8 – the latest in Apple’s flagship line of smartphones – has reportedly faltered due to supposed anticipation for the iPhone X – which will also come with pioneering software known as Face ID, which will allow users to unlock and secure their devices simply by looking at the camera. Face recognition on personal, handset devices seems simply too good to be true – and while the technology is reportedly set to be very impressive indeed, a potential issue has arisen that could stunt usage for certain Apple fans – that is, if you’re of a certain age, or if you’re an identical twin.

While the forthcoming software and marketed ‘future of Apple’ appears to be incredible in demonstration, Apple has made recommendations known publicly that Face ID may not operate correctly with users under the age of 13 – and while it may not be particularly common for any pre-teens to have full access to a $1k smartphone, it is surprising that the software is set to find differentiation in young people particularly difficult.

The software, however, is thought to be particularly elaborate in the sense that it has an approach to prevent people from trying to hoodwink it – which could mean that it proves to be more successful at safeguarding devices than Touch ID. Apple is said to be confident that the software is the top in its game at identification and protection through such recognition – though it may be able to prevent people from unlocking phones by using disguises and masks, it may not be sophisticated enough to help those who have facial coverings – but this, of course, will remain to be seen.

The iPhone X is rumored to be pulling in millions of pre-orders – which may explain why up-front sales of the iPhone 8 range may be so lacking – and while the exact date of launch seems to be fluctuating according to various reports, it remains likely that Apple fans everywhere are looking forward to trying out Face ID and many of the handset’s other features in due course. Will it warrant the $999 price tag? Let’s ask those who have shelled out for it when it arrives – hopefully sooner rather than later!


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