Apple’s New ‘Facial Recogition’ iPhone Feature Has The Internet Feeling Uneasy

09.12.17 2 weeks ago

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Apple held a Tuesday keynote event for the newest iteration of the iPhone. A new feature of this iPhone is the lack of the “home button” near the phone’s screen, which users previously pressed in order to unlock the phone. The new iPhone’s design (the whole front-facing area is the screen!) means there is no room for the button, so how will your new iPhone unlock?

Facial recognition software.

Similar to Touch ID (fingerprints), Face ID will allow users to unlock their phone in a truly unique way. Anyone who doesn’t want to use this feature can rest easy knowing that swiping up from where the home button used to be will unlock the phone (and bring up the control panel when the phone is unlocked — though there goes using the phone’s flashlight feature without unlocking it).

Apple has all sort of technical specs for this new feature to trot out (animated emojis, here we come!), but the main one that they seem happiest about is that Face ID leaves a one-in-1,000,000 chance that someone could access your iPhone. Needless to say, the internet isn’t so sure that Apple’s newest feature is such a great idea and are already predicting the ways it’ll go wrong.

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