Apple’s recent new product introduction event proved to be inspiration for Conan O’Brien and his crew of comedy writers. And what could provide more hours of entertainment than watching a fake Craig Federighi answer ridiculous questions about the new Face ID feature that will debut on the Apple iPhone X. During this made-up Q & A session, one faux journalist asks, “Does it work with the butt?” Another reporter asks the phony Federighi if he remembered the movie Face-Off with Nicholas Cage and John Travolta.
After a series of odd questions, finally one member of the “media” asks “What is the maximum number of faces that the phone can recognize?” Relieved to get a real question, Federighi responds, “Just one, just your own.” The reporter raises a garbage can and says “I’ve got six.” The Apple executive quickly wraps up the event and on stage we can hear him say, “Siri, can you call the police.”
As you probably know by now, Face ID is replacing Touch ID on the Apple iPhone X. Without any buttons to press on the front of the device, Apple devised the face recognition system to allow users to unlock the phone and to verify the user’s identity when using Apple Pay. When the real Federighi demonstrated Face ID on stage, he had to enter his passcode when the recognition system seemed to fail. But as we told you yesterday, the feature is designed to require the user’s passcode after two failed attempts to unlock the unit with Face ID. Since the iPhone X used during the show belonged to Federighi (the real one), and others had handled the phone before him, it appears that the iPhone X did exactly what it was designed to do.
But we digress. You can check out Conan’s take on Face ID by clicking the video at the top of the story.