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