iPhone X: Apple's facial recognition software didn't fail on stage, company says, despite very awkward moment

The Independent - Tech

Apple's awkward glitch during its iPhone X introduction wasn't the fault of its own phone but its staff, the company has claimed. As the company was showing off the brand new handset's top feature – its facial recognition technology – software boss Craig Federighi headed over to demonstration just how "easy" it was. But, uncomfortably, the feature failed and the phone wouldn't unlock, leading Mr Federighi to use a backup phone. The event was particularly unhelpful for Apple because many have taken it as evidence that the company's facial recognition technology isn't actually read. There have been pervasive fears that Face ID will be less reliable than the fingerprint-based Touch ID, which were foother boosted after the demonstration went wrong.


Samsung Acknowledges Galaxy S8 Facial Recognition Security Limitations

Forbes - Tech

Earlier this week, the Samsung Galaxy S8 line of devices were announced with tremendous fanfare. The Galaxy S8 serves as a symbol of Samsung's comeback story following the Galaxy Note 7 debacle. In my opinion, the pros of the Galaxy S8 outweigh the cons. However, there is one specific con that has been making the headlines today. Early reviewers of the Galaxy S8 discovered a security flaw in the facial recognition feature.


Worker Says Colleague Faked Out Her iPhone X's Facial Recognition ID

Huffington Post - Tech news and opinion

Apple hasn't yet confirmed a case of an unrelated adult cracking the phone's facial recognition software, according to the Apple spokesman. The company insists that the probability of a random person accessing someone else's iPhone X using the Face ID passcode is 1 in 1 million, versus 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID. Phil Schiller, Apple's vice president of product marketing, conceded in September: "Of course, the statistics are lowered if that person shares a close genetic relationship with you."



Apple's radical new handset won't be the iPhone 8

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple's eagerly anticipated new iPhone may not be called iPhone 8 after all, it has been claimed. However, Apple will also unveil an iPhone 8 and 8 plus at the event - but these will be lower specced models that were previously expected to be called the 7s and 7s Plus. The firm sent invites to key media for the event, which is also expected to see the launch of an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, a new version of the Apple Watch and a new 4K Apple TV. It is believed the will lack the edge to edge OLED screen of the edition model, and instead be an upgraded model that looks similar to the existing design. 'One casemaker has updated their internal SKUs based on the information and is actively printing packaging which I was able to see in the form of preliminary artwork,' 9to5mac's Seth Weintraub claims.