Like many of you, the Dashlane team has waited anxiously for today’s highly-anticipated Apple Event unveiling the brand-new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X.
We heard dozens of rumors and speculations about what to expect with the new iPhone X, but there is one feature that we absolutely couldn’t wait to get our hands on: Face ID.
Since the iPhone X features an edge-to-edge OLED screen with no home button, users will now be able to unlock their phone, log into third-party apps, and make purchases using Apple Pay simply by looking at their phone.
How does Apple’s Face ID work?
According to Apple’s Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller, Face ID uses a new front-facing camera called TrueDepth–which contains an infrared camera, several sensors, a dot projector, and a conventional camera, all in one–that takes a 3-D map of your face. That scan is then saved to a secure enclave inside the iPhone X’s hardware chip.
Schiller said the facial map will improve every time you look at your phone, and will still recognize you even if you change your hairstyle, wear glasses, or grow a beard.
How would Apple’s Face ID work with Dashlane?
With Face ID on the iPhone X, logging into your Dashlane account will be faster than ever before. Imagine looking at your phone to quickly unlock your Dashlane account, or to use Dashlane in Safari and Chrome on iOS! It would look something like this:
Can Apple’s Face ID be fooled?
Apple says it has gone to great lengths to keep your phone and data secure, going so far as working with Hollywood special effects mask makers to attempt to fool Face ID. Moreover, since Face ID uses a 3-D map of your face, it’s incredibly difficult for someone to unlock your phone using a 2-D image. In fact, Schiller says the chances of fooling Face ID are 1 in 1,000,000, a huge improvement from TouchID with an error rate of 1 in 50,000.
However, there is a chance Face ID could be fooled by your evil twin. “The statistics are lower if the person shares a close genetic relationship with you,” Schiller said. If you’re a bit squeamish about using Apple’s Face ID, you can always choose to use a PIN code or your Master Password to log into your Dashlane account on iOS.