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Apple will decide if your ID cards are valid

by on29 July 2021

This will end well

The fruity cargo cult has decided that its superior software experts can decide if your ID cards are valid and remove them from your wallet if they do not match the expectations of its wizard facial recognition system.

Apparently, someone in Apple woke up in the night in a cold sweat fearing that people will be able to store ID cards in their Wallet that do not actually belong to them.  This is a huge issue and well worth the applied brain cell of the software genies of Apple to come up with a solution.

Apple wants to use facial recognition as one of the ways that users can validate themselves when they add an ID to the Wallet app.

According to the description of the validation process: "Next, take a photo of yourself. This photo will be matched with your photo on file with [ID card]. Now close your eyes until you feel your iPhone vibrate. Now open your mouth until you feel your iPhone vibrate.  Now raise your eyebrows until you feel your iPhone vibrate."

That should be enough foreplay to excite any fanboy and enable them to trust the software to tell if their driver's licence is really them or not.

This will require an iPhone with the TrueDepth sensor built into it, or if the front-facing camera is enough to help verify the user against their ID's photo.

The Tame Apple Press of course, thinks it is a brilliant way of making sure that someone does not use an ID card that does not belong to them.  At no point did it wonder what sort of control freak of a company wants to police its customers' user ID cards.

Another more scary situation is that Apple will need some outstanding ID software if it matches photos on ID cards that are historically bad. Generally, ID software is pretty terrible with shedloads of false positives and only to really identify white people. So it is only a matter of time before Apple starts getting a reputation for refusing actual ID for African-Americans and Asians.

It is all in Beta yet but we guess there is no reason that you should not trust a company that wrote a clock software that could not adjust to daylight savings should not be able to identify if your ID is you or not.

Last modified on 29 July 2021
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