Cops told suspect he had to to open iPhone X with his face, so he did

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Enlarge / The iPhone X running iOS 11. (credit: Samuel Axon)

An Ohio man currently being prosecuted for possession of child pornography is believed to be the first person to have unlocked his Face ID-enabled iPhone after being presented with a warrant and being ordered to do so by law enforcement.

The case of United States v. Grant Michalski was first reported on September 30 by Forbes.

However, whether or not that purported federal warrant specifically authorized such a search, as authorities claims, is unclear—the warrant appears to be sealed by the court. Ars has been unable to locate a copy to see if the agent's account is accurate. Why this warrant would remain sealed is also unclear, given that a later warrant to specifically search the suspect's phone is public.

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