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IPhone X Face ID sacrificed specs to save production

IPhone X Face ID sacrificed specs to save production”

Apple's willingness to reduce the accuracy of Face ID could be a potential concern for consumers looking to embrace this new technology. Until the iPhone X, the most significant deployment of the technology was in Microsoft's Kinect controller, which the Xbox console used to detect a gamer's movements.

That means Face ID - the biometric security replacement for Touch ID, and a key feature of the iPhone X - is not going to be as accurate as Apple originally claimed. And according to Bloomberg, Apple has been willing to compromise on Face ID accuracy to make sure iPhone X handsets hit store shelves on time.

In recent weeks, it's hardly been a secret that Apple is having trouble manufacturing enough iPhone X units, each of which will sell for at least $1,000.

They argue that Apple is more than just a tech company in that it competes with luxury brands for talent, wallet share and locations.

The telecoms team argues that the U.S. is still a key market for the firm and that new technologies such as artificial intelligence, augmented reality and foldable phones (haven't we been there before?) will continue to drive demand.

The dot projector uses a component called VCSEL, which stands for vertical cavity surface-emitting laser.

"To boost the number of usable dot projectors and accelerate production, Apple relaxed some of the specifications for Face ID."
It beams light through a lens, which then focuses it into 30,000 separate laser points on your face. Precision is key. If the microscopic components are off by even several microns, a fraction of a hair's breadth, the technology might not work properly... One laser supplier, Finisar Corp., had to be dropped entirely, leaving Apple more dependent on its other partners.

The sensor is so hard to manufacture, LG and Sharp were forced to slow down the production process because only 20 percent of the sensors they built were useable. We'll see soon enough, so stay tuned for more.

The report continues: "As a result, it took less time to test completed modules, one of the major sticking points, the person said".

At the phone's official unveiling in September, executives boasted that there was a one in a million chance that an interloper could defeat Face ID to unlock a phone. The all-screen iPhone X will be available for pre-orders starting October 27th. Already available now are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which don't offer all the high-end features of the X model.



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