Apple reportedly watered down Face ID to counter iPhone X delays

by Lawrence Cooper October 26, 2017, 0:09
Apple reportedly watered down Face ID to counter iPhone X delays

At the iPhone X presentation, Apple said the possibility of a random person unlocking Face ID was 1 in a 1,000,000, and this still remains, as accuracy and quality remains the same. Already available now are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which don't offer all the high-end features of the X model.

I noted in this morning's report that "Bloomberg's latest report is as close to being a hit piece as I've ever seen", and with Apple's quick response, we clearly see that they agreed. The iPhone X has ditched the home button and adopted "an organic light-emitting diode display". Allegedly, Apple quietly told suppliers that they could reduce the accuracy of Face ID in order to alleviate production issues and make the device easier to manufacture, sources familiar with Apple's supply chain told the publication.

LG Innotek confirmed there was a problem with yield, that mass production had just begun, and that supply might be limited, Bloomberg reported. Will the end user even be able to notice?

Buzz surrounding Apple's upcoming iPhone X is huge, and much of the hullabaloo centers on the device's new facial recognition technology, which is apparently so advanced that it makes fingerprint sensors look as modern-age as cave drawings and fire-hardened wood.

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.

Apple's reported struggles to manufacture the iPhone X have become a major story, and the latest anonymously sourced report suggests the company made concessions to get enough phones built in time for its November 3 launch.

The TrueDepth Camera's 3D sensor has three components: a dot project, flood illuminator and infrared camera. The projector then flashes 30,000 dots onto the face which the phone uses to decide whether to unlock the home screen. According to iMore, "Face ID uses multiple neural networks that are built into the dual-core A11 bionic neural engine to process the facial recognition data".

According to the report, Apple did not give its suppliers extra time in addition to the standard two-year lead time to get the new, hard technology correct.

For 2017, Apple has 20 million iPhone X units in supply, or half of its expected volume, according to Japanese news outlet Nikkei.

KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo predicts 2M to 3M units available on launch day and 25M to 30M in the holiday quarter.

"I'd rather wait and watch that one, Wozniak said Monday at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas".

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