iOS 12 could open up Face ID to multiple iPhone X owners

Apple could open up its Face ID support to multiple users in the forthcoming iOS 12 update.

Multiuser support wasn’t referenced during the WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4, but the new feature has surprisingly appeared within the first iOS 12 beta.

9to5Mac reports users are able to set up an “Alternative Appearance” within the Face ID settings menu.

Right now, it appears that Apple is gearing the update towards a single user’s alternate appearance, for example, while wearing a hat or sunglasses. However, reports say early beta testers have been able to register faces for more than one user.

Related: Download the iOS 12 beta

“In addition to continuously learning how you look, Face ID can recognize an alternative appearance,” Apple notes.

In the build-up to WWDC, Apple fans speculated on whether the company would open up the platform to multiple users. Face ID’s predecessor Touch ID enabled users to register multiple users’ fingerprints.

It may be handy for iPhone owners who open up their device for communal use among the family. However, it’s unlikely to please those whose kids are constantly pestering them for access to their iPhone X.

Apple could also be gearing the “Alternative Appearance” to a future iPad with Face ID support – devices more associated with communal use.

iOS 12 features

Apple announced iOS 12 during its WWDC 2018 keynote on June 4. The next version of the software is designed to help speed up older iPhone models and supports handsets all the way back to the iPhone 5s.

There’s also a brand new Siri Shortcuts feature, which will group together multiple actions under a single, customisable voice command.

Apple has also improved Do Not Disturb, introduced a Screen Time app to assist users digital health, as well as FaceTime video calls with multiple users.

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