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Face ID is Apple’s Get Out of the Jail Card

January 7, 2018

During an interview with T3’s Dan Grabham, Phil Schiller said this about Face ID:

Schiller acknowledges that Apple “knew what we had” with Touch ID and that it knew what it had created with the home button through the years. “We knew it was no small thing to decide to replace that.”

I believe Apple made the decision to replace Touch ID with Face ID when it was facing a very heated debate on resisting FBI request to unlock a terrorist’s iPhone, it was a decisive stand that tore the nation’s (and world wide’s) view on digital security into two opposite factions.

Touch ID is clearly a more secure encryption login protocol for the iPhone, while Face ID is less secure as proven by many twin siblings around the world who have posted their own review of Face ID on YouTube.

It gets worse, Face ID is said can be tricked not just by twins, but also with a very pricey 3D printed mask. Of course Apple’s engineers will work tirelessly to correct the Face ID algorithm to avoid such trick, but 3D printing technology is also fast improving and gets cheaper in years to come.

Even with all of the loopholes in Face ID, Apple seems to commit in Face ID and will replace Touch ID in all of the iPhone lineups. After that happen, it’s only a matter of time until all of Apple’s devices like the Macs, iPads, iPods, etc. will also get Face ID.

I have a hunch that will happen, here’s why:

On the case of the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone 5c; it was locked using PIN numbers not Touch ID, so the FBI had to force-hack it. What if it has Touch ID, then it’ll a lot easier, just a touch of the shooter’s finger to unlock it. What if in another case of a terrorist attack the body is lost or blown to pieces with no luck of a fingerprint? Which in a bomb attack, the terrorists are often use his/her own body to carry the bomb and explode it. This is when Face ID comes to the rescue.

Usually, the police or FBI can get a hold of the terrorists photo, or if lucky enough a mug shot. Using the advancing 3D print technology, they can easily make a mask that is similar enough to the terrorist’s face to unlock the Face ID.

The FBI or police or the government can get what they want in the locked iPhone, and Apple will not be bothered or forced to hack the iPhone anymore. It’s a big win for Apple, who will keep facing the dilemma of keeping login credentials secure from the government or help the government catch bad guys. This is why Apple needed Face ID to be successful and accepted fast enough by users so all of the iPhones in the world will soon use Face ID.

That’s also why Apple is so heavily advertise on the new Face ID, as secure or good enough as the Touch ID, and most importantly fun to use.

It’s Apple’s special skill, inherited from its famous late CEO: Steve Jobs, to use bling and marketing genius to hide obvious new technology advantages (flaws, if you prefer) like we’ve seen in many of Apple’s products launch.

I won’t lie that I do love the Animoji, and so is everyone who have bought the iPhone X.


The repercussion of an “innocent” vlog

October 29, 2017

Tom Warren writing for The Verge:

The video itself may have seemed like an innocent hands-on, but it did include footage of an iPhone X with special employee-only QR codes. A notes app was also shown on the iPhone X in the video, which appeared to include codenames of unreleased Apple products.

I’d rather called it an “innocent slip-up” by the father, he should have knew better.

Charge ’em wirelessly

October 26, 2017

Apple just updated its main page to showcase the upcoming iPhone X, scrolling through its glorious features including the new way to charge Apple devices wirelessly, something itches me again when I see the yet to be launched AirPower mat picture: how will the AirPods work with it? Is it already support wireless charging? Or do we have to buy a new case to make it compatible?

Amazon’s new let me in service

October 25, 2017

Amazon just announced a new service called “Amazon Key” exclusively for Prime members, basically it will allow you to let in anyone including Amazon’s own delivery service inside your home.

The 3rd party smart lock isn’t new, Amazon is using the already established smart locks in the market, it’s no surprise Amazon will create its own smart lock in the future, but for now smart lock manufacturers can breath with ease. The real trick here is Amazon’s new Cloud Cam, which the company added as Key Edition.

Letting a stranger inside your home, are you insane? Not when you have an online camera watching out for you, that’s what Amazon think will make a difference. But still, it’s not for everybody. Amazon knew it will be dealing with a lot of hot complaints because of this, so clearly Jeff Bezos has acknowledged a bigger problem with Amazon deliveries in general: packages are often stolen when left in front of the house door, and customers complaint of unreceived packages are damaging both the company’s image and financial, Amazon had to resend the items and the shipment fees are no joke.

Tarnished yet again

September 25, 2014

John Gruber, who rarely bad-mouthed Apple even at its lowest point couldn’t resist saying about the obvious state of the retracked iOS 8.0.1 update:


That’s Gruber, he’s just trying to say it nicely, but not me: get your shit together iOS team, I’m still angry with the iOS 8 update I’ve installed on my iPad Air also on both mine and my wife’s iPhone 5s, the WiFi data transfer is just horribly slow to the point we’re beginning to hate using them.

I really hope Tim Cook would gather the iOS team and then scolded all of them altogether, just like how Steve Jobs did with the iCloud team back then.

BlackBerry Passport got a bad review from the Verge

September 25, 2014

Dan Seifert writing for The Verge:

For all that BlackBerry has done to make the Passport a productivity tool, its design felt like it was fighting me more often than it was helping me. Between the awkward dimensions and odd keyboard layout, I never felt comfortable with the Passport in my hands and never felt comfortable getting work done on it. Being comfortable with your tools is essential for a Power Pro: it should get out of my way and just let me get done what I need to get done. Too often, the Passport didn’t get out of my way.

Dan actually said it again at almost the end of his writing, saying about how the Passport is hindering his work instead of getting it done.

It’s really funny to compare Dan’s review of the Passport with the one which Bla1ze from CrackBerry has wrote, such a stark contrast of tone and the bottom line.

The most crucial reason you’re buying an Apple Watch

September 21, 2014

Boris witing for The Next Web:

People would stop me in the streets, stare at me in restaurants and I would hear couples whisper at each other  ‘That’s the iPhone!’. People would interrupt my lunch meetings to ask for a demo and some people would even ask me if they could take a picture of themselves holding the iPhone. Then the iPad came out, and the same thing happened all over again. The same will happen with the Apple Watch. If you are into that kind of thing you should get one as soon as possible.

And Samsung execs still scratches their head in dismal why users love Apple devices so much, and why Apple commands such loyal users.