Apple Downgrades iPhone X's Face ID Components To Accelerate Shipping

Apple Downgrades iPhone X's Face ID Components To Accelerate Shipping

Apple Downgrades iPhone X's Face ID Components To Accelerate Shipping

Apple should be able to work out supply constraints for the iPhone X by the end of the first quarter, he said.

"Bloomberg's claim that Apple has reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false and we expect Face ID to be the new gold standard for facial authentication", the representative continued. The latest, by the brokerage firm Bernstein, states that while half (48%) of those questioned are excited by the launch of the new phone, only one quarter of iPhone owners (in the USA, the United Kingdom and China) plan to order the new model soon.

For most of the iPhone's history, Apple only released a single model per year, efficiently focusing its development resources and strategically choosing product depth over product breadth, which incidentally concentrates product risk.

Bloomberg reports that Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) allowed suppliers to reduce Face ID accuracy to speed up iPhone X production.

We have reached out to Apple for a comment and will reply to this article if/when they reply.

The iPhone X relies on Face ID for unlocking tasks previously managed by Touch ID, which the newer device lacks.

The most complicated of the technologies is the FaceID - Apple's facial recognition system - and it makes use of sensors on the front.


Earlier this month, The Nikkei Asian Review reported that manufacturers were having difficulty assembling the TrueDepth modules.

Initially, Apple claimed that Face ID will only fail once in every million attempts, a huge leap from the 1-in-50,000 fail rate of TouchID.

The 3-D sensor (found on the iPhone X) has three key elements: a dot projector, flood illuminator and infrared camera. The system uses a two-stage process because the dot projector makes big computational demands and would rapidly drain the battery if activated as frequently as the flood illuminator.

The crux of the problem has been with the dot projector, according to Bloomberg.

In an official statement, Apple denied the rumor and reiterated its "one in a million" claim, but we won't know for sure until the iPhone X launches and hackers can put it to the test. Pre-orders for the iPhone X go live October 27th at 12:01am PDT and the device will be available in stores on November 3rd.

In addition, Apple gave suppliers two years to learn the technology and manufacture it with precision.

According to the Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities who had predicted around a total 40 million units of iPhone X to be made available for the public but he too, in recent times has changed his view and a 2-3 million on the launch day and 25 to 30 million units around the holiday quarter are the current numbers.

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