Apple improves Face ID’s anti-spoofing technology with iOS 15

Apple just released iOS 15 to all users with new features like Focus Mode, revamped notifications, Live Text, improvements to Siri and Spotlight search, and numerous enhancements to built-in apps like Weather, FaceTime, Messages, Maps, Health, and more. After three months of beta testing, the tech giant has also revealed what security issues it is working on fixing with the latest version of iOS.

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Face ID’s anti-spoofing technology improved with iOS 15,  reveals new security document

iOS 15 comes with a fix for Face ID technology which is available for all devices with the TrueDepth sensor: iPhone X, iPhone XR, iPhone XS (all models), iPhone 11 (all models), iPhone 12 (all models), iPad Pro (11-inch), and iPad Pro (3rd generation). In a document titled “About the security content of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15” Apple reveals a security issue with Face ID:

Impact: A 3D model constructed to look like the enrolled user may be able to authenticate via Face ID

Description: This issue was addressed by improving Face ID anti-spoofing models.

The tech giant said the issue was addressed by “improving Face ID anti-spoofing models.” Though it was discovered after the release of iPhone X that it is easier for identical twins are to bypass each other’s iPhones more than any 3D model or 3D mask, the fix was still important.

The company also addressed several fixes with Accessory Manager, CoreML, Siri, Apple Neural Engine, FontParser, Preferences, WebKit, and more.

Learn how to upgrade an iPhone or iPad to iOS 15/iPadOS 15 here.

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