Apple reportedly reduced Face ID’s accuracy to boost iPhone X production

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October 25, 2017
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As Apple was expecting this month to boost its sales after the launch of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, things didn’t work out as expected for Apple. People are waiting for iPhone X launch which is affecting the sales of iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

As we reported earlier that Apple is facing issues in finding suppliers to provide 3D sensors for Face ID at large scale, now it appears that company has somehow resolved this issue cleverly.

According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has resolved its production challenges by secretly telling suppliers that they could reduce the accuracy of face recognition technology to speed up iPhone X production.

The central issue behind Apple’s production challenges is the complex 3D sensor, which consists of a dot projector, an infrared camera and a flood illuminator. The flood illuminator beams infrared light, which the camera uses to detect a face. The projector then flashes 30,000 dots onto the face which the phone uses to decide whether to unlock the home screen or not. Apple is facing trouble in making enough of these complex modules that combine to form a dot projector.

Earlier, Apple has also broken down a deal with one of its laser suppliers. A California-based company Finisar failed to meet the specification required to make these lasers which further slowed down the process of production.

Other major suppliers for sensors and circuit boards including LG, Innotek, and Sharp were already working slowly to meet the required level of precision. But now, with Apple’s decision of reportedly compromising on the accuracy of Face ID, these suppliers to meet their target soon enough.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI securities, the company will have around 2 to 3 million units before the launch of iPhone X on November 3rd. It appears that these manufactured units would not be enough to meet the demand of the device. Apple has finally found a solution to its problem so there will be no production shortage expected any longer.

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