Tom Brewster, a Forbes reporter, spent roughly $378 USD on a 3D-printed model of his own head using gypsum powder to test the face unlocking systems of a range of smartphones — an iPhone X, an LG G7 ThinQ, a Samsung S9, Samsung Note 8 and a OnePlus 6. The Samsung and LG phones came with an option to turn on a slower and more thorough version of facial recognition, but both facial recognition systems were bypassed by the head. “Face recognition is a secondary unlock method that results in your phone being less secure,” said LG. Read more to see if the iPhone X succumbed to the same fate.
As you can see in the video above, the iPhone X was impossible fool, likely as a result of Apple’s extreme efforts to test its accuracy, which involved hiring a Hollywood studio to create realistic masks of human faces.
“Your phone could be unlocked by someone or something that looks like you. If you use facial recognition only, this will be less secure than using a pattern, PIN or password,” according to Samsung.