Bloomberg: Apple struggling to get Face ID tech in iPhone X

Bloomberg: Apple struggling to get Face ID tech in iPhone X
Rumors had it even before the launch of iPhone X last month that a new authentication technology would pose problems for Apple. The feature, later christened as Face ID, was so hard to manufacture that the phone would have to be released later in very limited quantity.

A new report from Bloomberg details the problems Apple has had, and perhaps is still having, with the new face recognition technology employed by the upcoming iPhone X. According to Bloomberg Apple has had to compromise in quality to get the phones ready.

To speed up production Apple has had to dropped the quality requirements of the Face ID dot projector, one of three main components in the Face ID technology. The dot projector creates a 3D model of the users face which is used to authenticate comparing it to a saved model.

It is extremely hard to manufacture, fragile, and even the slightest faults, measured in microns, might make the component not viable. While Apple has had to drop the definition of the model making component, it is still said to be more accurate than the Touch ID.

We'll just have to wait for the first retail iPhone X units to see how it holds up. Getting hands on one with expected very limited supply will be another thing though.

Written by: Matti Robinson @ 25 Oct 2017 11:44
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  • Rezer

    Good. Face ID is one of the main reasons I don't want this phone.

    25.10.2017 19:27 #1

  • hearme0

    This is not surprising and as I said once before, faceid is a total P.I.T.A. Taking an extra half a second on average to adjust phone to map your ugly mug every time you want to use the damn thing is just unacceptable. Fingerprint was the way to go.

    Now Apple has egg on their face. Food humping food in this case.

    26.10.2017 10:30 #2

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