November 13th 2017
By Mike Flaminio
the mask is crafted through a combination of 3D printing, makeup, and 2D images. There's also some "special processing done on the cheeks and around the face" where there are large areas of skin, and the nose is created from silicone. The demo video shows the iPhone being unlocked using the mask, and then again using the researcher's face, in just one go.
This is just a proof of concept to demonstrate that Face ID can be spoofed. The researches suggested this should be a concern, but I don't think it's a big deal. Days after Touch ID came out, people were coming up with elaborate ways to transfer finger prints or unlock while sleeping.
While Apple touts Face ID and Touch ID as security features, the real security advancement is how they enable users to quickly access their devices many times a day. Anyone with special concerns about the data on their devices should consider using a complex unlock codes.