Senator Franken asks Apple for privacy guarantees around Face ID data

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in California

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple special event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in California

If you happen to be casually looking in the direction of the phone but not actually intent on unlocking it, Face ID won't unlock the device. It nearly has the same main cameras as the iPhone 8 Plus save for the fact that the iPhone X has an f/2.4 telephoto lens.

Since the announcement, however, reporters, advocates, and iPhone users have raised concerns about how Face ID could impact Americans' fundamental right to privacy, speculated on the ways in which Apple could use faceprint data in the future, and questioned the quality and security of the technology. At £999 for the 64GB model, the iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone Apple - or probably most major smartphone vendors - has ever produced.

Apple says that Face ID's "attention aware" feature - which can be turned off - requires the user to look directly into the screen to activate Face ID, which suggests that users can't be easily coerced into unlocking their devices by muggers, or police for that matter. Face data is stored inside the A11 Bionic chip and not sent anywhere else. It is also the most expensive.

The iPhone X can be preordered starting on Friday, Oct. 27 and will arrive one week later on Friday, Nov. 3.

Everything else out there, that is, until 3 November when the iPhone X emerges to knock it off its pricey perch. iPhone's super flagship almost breaks four figures, going for £999 in the UK.

"While I am encouraged by the steps that Apple states it has taken to implement the system responsibly, the addition of this new technology to the iPhone has serious privacy implications", Franken wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday. "How is Apple protecting against racial, gender, or age bias in Face ID?" Apple has gone straight to the iPhone 8 - and they've also skipped the iPhone 9, by announcing the iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone 10") too.

The iPhone 8 sports a 4.7-inch widescreen LCD IPS Retina HD display with a 1,334 x 750 resolution and 326 PPI pixel density while the larger 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch screen panel with a 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and 401 PPI pixel density. The screen includes 3D Touch, which allows you to execute different commands by pressing the screen with varying degrees of pressure.

The iPhone X's 12MP camera is the same - on the surface - as the iPhone 7's, but boasts a lot more in terms of its software capabilities.

While you might think that Face ID could be tricked by a photo, Schiller reassured that this wasn't the case.

It uses an infrared system to get a three-dimensional image.

Digital zoom on the lenses offers 10x zoom on photos and 6x for videos. This is the area where the iPhone X houses the front camera and other sensors.

Apple CEO Tim Cook.Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesApple's new iPhone X doesn't have a fingerprint sensor. Still, it can learn enough about a user's face to be able to recognize them even if they're wearing a hat, scarf, or other partially obscuring apparel.

Face ID is also enabled for Apple Pay, the tech giant's mobile payments service.

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