When Apple announced that the iPhone X can be unlocked using facial recognition software called Face ID, it sounded like we were officially living in the future! Well, bad news for parents hoping the security measure would be even more effective at keeping their kids off of their devices than a regular ol' passcode. Apparently, it's possible for a child to use their face to unlock their parent's iPhone.
In a clip going viral, posted today, Tuesday, November 14, a mom from Staten Island, New York named Sana Sherwani and her son Ammar Malik demonstrate just how easy it is for the phone to mistake a kid for their parent.
According to WIRED, not long after they acquired their iPhone Xs, Sherwani's husband Attaullah Malik said to their son, "There's no way you're getting access to this phone." Moments later, the 10-year-old picked up his mom's iPhone X and did just that simply by picking it up and looking at it.
"It was funny at first," Malik told WIRED. "But it wasn't really funny afterward. My wife and I text all the time and there might be something we don’t want him to see. Now my wife has to delete her texts when there's something she doesn’t want Ammar to look at. ... If my son had access to my wife's phone and she had that app on it, he could order ice cream for himself whenever he wanted!"
The younger Malik was only able to unlock his dad's iPhone once, as opposed to multiple times like his mom's, which is a bit of a head-scratcher to the older Malik. He told WIRED that his son's face is smaller than his wife's, the two have somewhat different features, and "people generally say he looks more like me."
That said, Malik also notes that his son is a "good kid" who gets the best grades in his class. He's not worried that he'd take advantage of having access to his mom's phone.
Of course, not all parents will feel the same about their kids who may just as easily obtain access to their iPhone Xs. WIRED reports that it's unclear how widespread this problem extends, and Apple didn't respond to their request for comment beyond the Face ID support page that states "the statistical probability is different for twins and siblings that look like you and among children under the age of 13, because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed. If you're concerned about this, we recommend using a passcode to authenticate."
If you find that your child is able to unlock your iPhone, WIRED suggests "re-registering your face in different light and testing it again." If that doesn't work, you may just have to resort to old-fashioned tactics like doing your best to keep the iPhone out of your kiddo's grasp!