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Apple: no, we didn't sacrifice Face ID quality for quantity, Bloomberg's report is 'completely false'

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Yesterday, a Bloomberg report came out, claiming that, in a radical departure from Apple's usual standards, Face ID suppliers are getting away with "good enough" modules, if that can speed up the production process. The requirements for the accuracy of the dot projector that splashes up to 30,000 points of light on your face to create a depth map, and matches them to a stored pattern algorithm to unlock your phone were essentially lowered, suggests Bloomberg, when it became clear that just 20% of the initial batches could pass Apple's initial stringent conditions. 

In a nutshell, suppliers were greenlit to sacrifice quality for quantity, claims a "person with knowledge of the process." Apple, however, begs to disagree, and issued the following rebuttal to Bloomberg's piece on the teething pains of planting the Face ID tech in a retail device:


The reason Apple cites the "1 in a million" probability as a benchmark, is that this is what was claimed by Phil Schiller during the iPhone X keynote announcement, and in the subsequent marketing materials and Face ID white papers. 

Note that Apple doesn't say how it got there, just that this level of probability still stands. That's twenty times higher than Touch ID anyway, and overall a much ado about nothing, given that you also have plenty of other options to unlock your phone securely. A talking fox avatar, though - that's only possible with the Face ID kit, so in the end it will be all worth the innovation trouble.

source: Reuters

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