However, despite how strong Face ID appears to be, it is not invulnerable. In a report from Threatpost, it seems that researchers from Tencent have managed to come up with what seems to be a possible way to bypass Face ID, and this can be done by using a pair of glasses and a tape.
This method involves tricking the system’s “liveness detection”, which is what Face ID uses to determine that the face is being scanned is an actual face and not a mask or a photograph. By taping black tape onto a pair of glasses and placing it on the owner’s face while they are sleeping or unconscious, they managed to unlock the victim’s iPhone and send money to themselves through a mobile payment app.
The good news is that this method does seem a bit elaborate and the hacker would need access to the victim, their phone, and hope that they are asleep, meaning that there is a small chance it could happen to you. However, it is still a flaw and hopefully it’s something that Apple will pay attention to and address in the future.