You might remember that, back in 2017 a $150 3-D printed mask was able to unlock an iPhone X. While the rest of us regular Joes out there would have nothing much to fear from such an attack, more high-profile users had every reason to worry.
But Apple takes its security issues seriously and seems to have come up with a solution that might fix the mask problem – a patent spotted by Patently Apple has surfaced online. The patent describes a Face ID security upgrade that will, allegedly, not be fooled by a mask.
While the document is not very clear what the patent specifically entails, it does describe that it uses random patterns that can mix the 2D and 3D scanning modes – this might mean that the upgraded version of Face ID would actually require you to move your face or make certain gestures in order to unlock your phone. This would definitely defeat a mask, at least for the time being.
Apple has not made any official comments about the patent just yet so we’ll have to wait and hear directly from the source if this is something we can look forward to or if we’ll have to wait for a different type of upgrade.