Woman discovers colleague can unlock her iPhone X with Face ID

PHOTO: Video screengrab

First, identical twins were able to unlock their sibling's iPhone X with their faces. Now, it appears that two women who are unrelated are also able to pull off the same trick.

Madam Yan from Nanjing, China, recently purchased Apple's swanky flagship phone.

But she was appalled to discover that her colleague Madam Wan could unlock her new mobile phone using Face ID.

Despite reconfiguring the facial recognition settings multiple times, Madam Wan was still able to unlock the iPhone X, the duo told Jiangsu Broadcasting Corporation.

When Madam Yan first called Apple's hotline to report the issue, the staff told her it was "impossible". So, the women rushed to the nearest store on the same night to demonstrate the bug to employees.

There, they found that the women were able to unlock the iPhone X no matter whose face was set as the owner.

According to South China Morning Post, the store said that the camera was faulty and gave Madam Yan a refund.

However, she encountered the same problem with her second iPhone X. It is unknown if she purchased a third phone.

This incident raises concern about data security, as the new authentication feature can also be used to authorise purchases on the device.

But judging from the video clip, we must say the ladies do look like long-lost sisters.

Apple launches iPhone X, 8 and 8 plus

  • Apple Inc on Tuesday rolled out its much-anticipated iPhone X, a glass and stainless steel device with an edge-to-edge display that Chief Executive Tim Cook called “the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone.”
  • The rear of the iPhone X
  • (L-R) iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X and iPhone 8 models are displayed
  • The launch contained few surprises, with leaked details on the phone and other products including an updated Apple Watch proving largely accurate. But the iPhone X’s $999 price still raised eyebrows, and its Nov. 3 ship date prompted questions about possible supply constraints ahead of the holiday season.
  • The iPhone X has wireless charging, an infrared camera and hardware for facial recognition, which replaces the fingerprint sensor for unlocking the phone. The home button is also gone, and users instead tap the device to wake it up.
  • The new Apple Watch for the first time will be able to make calls and access the internet without the customer carrying an iPhone -- a major upgrade that one analyst predicted would more than double watch sales.
  • The screen on the iPhone X is about the size of the current iPhone 7 plus, though the phone is smaller. It features richer colors thanks to a new screen technology called OLED that other vendors are also rolling out.
  • Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, introduces the iPhone x
  • Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks about Apple TV
  • Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, Phil Schiller, shows Animoji during the launch event in Cupertino
  • Apple CEO Tim Cook (R) plays with an iPhone as Jonathan Ive, Apple's Chief Design Officer, looks on

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