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Apple says the iPhone X's facial recognition system isn't for kids

Apple says the iPhone X's facial recognition system isn't for kids”

APPLE UNVEILED its new iPhone X on September 12, to thunderous ovation and acclaim. Yesterday, supply chain sources became anxious about the low yield of the iPhone X's structured light emitter used in its Face ID recognition set at the front of the handset.

Speaking to Nikkei Asian Review, two "executives working for iPhone suppliers" said that only tens of thousands of iPhone X units were being produced each day, and this was down to difficulties in building usable 3D sensor parts.

Apple released more details about the iPhone X's Face ID feature when it published a new privacy site Wednesday, addressing some of the concerns that people have had since the face-scanning feature was announced. A 3D infrared light source on the front of the iPhone X sends out as many as 30,000 tiny beams that, together, create a 3D map of the user's face.

With all the new technologies, the iPhone X will cost from $999 to $1,149, compared with the starting price of $699 for the iPhone 8 and $799 for the iPhone 8 Plus.

"You are giving bad guys more and more incentive to try to compromise that secure enclave", Fu added talking about Apple's decision to store everything sensitive, including Apple Pay data and the Face ID, in once place. If you want convenience, go ahead and use Face ID.

Unlike other tech giants, Apple has always openly talked about its data collection practices, the reasons behind such collection and how it plans to keep that data secure. Meanwhile, the Juliet module includes the infrared camera that reads the mapping of the user's face.

So far, the biggest fear that people seem to have is whether the police can unlock your iPhone X by holding it up to your face. The white paper insists those updated face images won't leave your phone, although they may be stored there for longer than usual. This new Face ID data is discarded after a finite number of unlocks and if you stop matching against it. Conversely, if Face ID fails to recognize you, but the match quality is higher than a certain threshold and you immediately follow the failure by entering your passcode, Face ID takes another capture and augments its enrolled Face ID data with the newly calculated mathematical representation. Cooper Levenson security expert and attorney Peter Fu worries that people will take Apple's assurances on the security of Face ID to mean there's no risk of some type of hack.

On Sept. 12, from the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif., the world was introduced to the new must-have by Apple: the 10th anniversary iPhone, officially named the iPhone X. It will feature an all-glass and stainless steel body, a 5.8 inch edge-to-edge screen with no home button, a 12-megapixel camera with lighting and editing features, facial recognition (which replaces Touch ID), wireless charging and more.



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