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As a result, should a bad actor gain access to the faceprint data that Face ID requires, the ramifications could last forever, particularly if Apple's biometric technology comes to be used in other devices and settings.

Apple has finally announced its highly anticipated premium smartphone, the iPhone X, but its unveiling did not go exactly as planned.

A backup unit needed just a split second to properly work the Face ID magic, but obviously, the damage was done, and the social media ridicule quickly went through the roof.

At the Keynote, Craig Federighi started the demo, he picked up the phone and looked at to unlock it using Face ID.

Regardless of the onstage mishap, Face ID will still face plenty of questions going forward.

While you might think that Face ID could be tricked by a photo, Schiller reassured that this wasn't the case. The A11 Bionic chip's neural engine will scan your face to match various parameters. It seems the embarrassment of the first failed demo caused him not to notice the passcode screen. The technology may have come from one of Apple's acquisitions like Faceshift. Maybe the reason was that over time, it has often been reported that both systems are prone to getting conned. The phone was handled by a lot of people before they placed it for the demo on the stage.

Author and columnist Violet Blue tweeted that Face ID hasn't take into the account various techniques law enforcement can impose to track citizens and extract their private data. But the iPhone X's security system worked perfectly if we are to believe Apple's statement. Face ID didn't work properly at first attempt, prompting the executive to use his passcode to unlock the device.

Apple has also launched a new version of its smartwatch, the Apple Watch Series Three, which has improved fitness tracking such as a personal trainer feature and better water resistance, and the ability to make calls and receive text messages without an iPhone present. Will Apple retain the faceprints of individuals other than the owner of the device?

If Apple's answers are anything like the answers it gave in its response to the 2013 letter, the gist will be that because the faceprint is stored in the Secure Enclave and therefore is inaccessible to Apple, its services or its partners, many of these questions will be moot.

It is still far too early in the Face ID's life cycle to put a definitive verdict on it.

  • Carolyn Briggs