As a consumer, it is pretty frustrating to purchase a phone, an iPad, or a computer, and almost immediately find that product is out of date.
And why is that? Because as soon as the product you just purchased was created, those same geniuses are on to the next best thing.
These inventors and engineers must strive for innovation and relevance. They must channel their inner 14-year-old, never-satisfied-always-wanting-more, teenage self.
Because that is what is necessary to stay in business.
After all, what would Apple do if everyone just kept their iPhone or their laptop for 10 years?
But because of that, Apple, like other companies, pushes products into development and marketing too quickly.
The result? An okay product, certainly not worth the money.
According to Wired, hackers say they’ve broken into the iPhone X … after just a week:
When Apple released the iPhone X on November 3, it touched off an immediate race among hackers around the world to be the first to fool the company’s futuristic new form of authentication. A week later, hackers on the actual other side of the world claim to have successfully duplicated someone’s face to unlock his iPhone X—with what looks like a simpler technique than some security researchers believed possible.
On Friday, Vietnamese security firm Bkav released a blog post and video showing that—by all appearances—they’d cracked Face ID with a composite mask of 3-D-printed plastic, silicone, makeup, and simple paper cutouts, which in combination tricked an iPhone X into unlocking. That demonstration, which has yet to be confirmed publicly by other security researchers, could poke a hole in the expensive security of the iPhone X, particularly given that the researchers say their mask cost just $150 to make.
Now, this shouldn’t cause too much alarm. Unless you live with a hacker who can get the exact measurements of your face to make the perfect mask, you’re probably in the clear.
And even if they could make that mask, do those who live with you really need access to whatever it is that is on your phone?
Unless you’re carrying national secrets or millions of ApplePay dollars on your iPhone, you can probably rest assured that no one will take the sort of time necessary to hack into it.
Although that would make for great material on a Seinfeld episode. I can totally see Kramer, or Newman or George, for that matter, attempting to replicate a plaster mask of Jerry or Elaine.
Researchers confirm this as they suggest targets will be “billionaires, leaders of major corporations and agents like FBI need to understand the Face ID’s issue.”
Otherwise, if you’re just hiding that text from your wife that says how you really went to a fantasy football league viewing party instead of shopping for Christmas presents, you’re probably in the clear. Or just delete the text (duh).
For now, it seems our phones are safe.
However, my phone always seems to safe. If I forget my passcode? Forget it. It’s like I’ve been written out of history.
Does anyone have the latest iPhone? Or maybe a better question: how old is your phone? Are you on the iPhone X bandwagon?