Apple wants you to stop remembering passwords (and cheat)

A new, highly dramatic ad for iPhone X shows you how the phone is helpful. A side benefit is that you can cheat on memory challenges, too.

How to temporarily disable Face ID if someone tries to unlock your phone Apple has given iPhone X owners an emergency feature that temporarily disables Face ID. Users can trigger it if they're forced by a thief or police to look at the device and unlock it. Apple has said Face ID is better than Touch ID at thwarting biometric spoofing. Someone could always force you to touch the Touch ID sensor on your iOS device to unlock it. However, with Face ID, a thief could point your iPhone X at your face before taking off with it. But Apple confirmed that it has you covered with two key mitigations: First, your iPhone X won't unlock unless you stare at it. Your eyes must be open. Second, you can grip the buttons on both sides of the iPhone X before you hand it over. Doing this will temporarily disable the phone’s Face ID facial-recognition feature. Apple’s new iOS 11 update also introduces a shortcut to disable Touch ID during emergencies. All you have to do is press on the sleep button five times on your iOS device.

Video: Face ID beefs up iPhone security. But is it right for everybody?

Our minds are in tatters.

Our brains are overloaded.

There's too much coming at us all the time. There's too much we need to know and do.

And how on Earth can we keep up with everything our friends know and do? We don't want to seem inferior, do we?

Read also: iPhone X's Face ID is two years ahead of Android competition - CNET

Then there's the problem of winning a game show. Answering questions requires a fine memory, yet we're already at capacity.

Apple wants to ease your pain. In a new ad for iPhone X, it presents a game show-style Memory Challenge.

Our hero, who looks a little like a distant relative of Ewan McGregor, is clearly doing very well. He's down to his final challenge.

The audience is more excited than it's ever been at the symphony or the opera.

Still, the final challenge is one with which we're all familiar: Our hero must remember the password for his online banking account. This should be easy. He created it only this morning.

Reality, though, it's not.

We create something new, we do our business, and we forget to store that password, either somewhere safe or somewhere in our overloaded brains.

The next time we visit the online banking site, we're forced to create yet another new password.

Here, though, there's real money at stake. Who knows how much our hero might win? This might change his life.

Our audience understands the pressure. One onlooker cannot cope with it and passes out.

How will our hero remember?

The audience's sympathy has its limits. Some members begin to laugh at him. What a fool. What an idiot. Yes, he's just like us.

However, this man is far, far ahead of its time. Despite the fact that this Memory Challenge appears to be set in the 50s, he already has an iPhone X. With its extraordinary Face ID, it knows your face as the signature to your online world's inner workings.

So our man pulls out his phone and cheats. And wins. Is there any other way of winning these days?

Apple has carved itself a promise that it's more secure and more privacy-conscious than any other tech company.

It's constantly walking the painfully thin line between ease and personal compromise. It's remarkable how Face ID, which incited concern and even ridicule when it was first presented, seems to have become just another phone feature.

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Some still don't entirely trust it. Many just wish it would work all the time.

For the iPhone X user, though, the dilemma is the same way as the one presented in this ad. Do you truly believe that your phone is secure, that your personal information remains -- as Apple often promises -- only on your phone?

Or, as our hero here, might you be living in a dream?

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