Are you using the TrueDepth camera kit on your iPhone X?

Are you using the TrueDepth camera kit on your iPhone X?
Above - the TrueDepth camera kit on the iPhone X. Below - the 3D-sensing face unlock setup on the Oppo Find X

Apple's Face ID tech on the iPhone X relies on four components - structured light transmitter and receiver, a front-facing camera, and a time of flight/proximity sensor. These sensors and cameras are all clustered in the "notch" at the top bezel. The structured light ones collect depth information which is combined with images taken with the front-facing camera to produce a 3D map of your face using software algorithms. Apple uses the TrueDepth setup for Animoji and Memoji, too, as well as for, say, authorizing mobile payments.

The iPhone X hit initial production snags precisely on account of the fact that one of the component suppliers couldn't churn out sensors fast enough to satisfy the quality control. Apple has since doubled down on the 3D-mapping Face ID technology, investing $390 million in Finisar, a US maker of said depth-mapping sensors. The tech is no longer exclusive to the iPhone X, as Xiaomi's Mi 8 SE and Oppo's Find X are also using 3D-sensing kits for unlocking their phones, but Apple fans argue that its execution is arguably smoother.

Still, Face ID, Animoji, Memoji and facial scanning mobile payment authorization are features that Apple all of a sudden decided will be the future of mobile biometry, resulting in a notch-y design compromise that was quickly replicated across the Android universe. This is why we wanted to ask you, on the eve of unveiling a trio of 2018 iPhones that will all have a TrueDepth camera setup, if you are using the current one on your iPhone X on a regular basis.

Are you using the TrueDepth camera kit on your iPhone X?

Yes, for Face ID unlocking and/or mobile payment authorization
Yes, for Animoji mainly
Yes, for both of the above
Nah, I haven't even set a facial scan up

Related phones

iPhone X
  • Display 5.8 inches
    2436 x 1125 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    7 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A11 Bionic, 3GB RAM
  • Storage 256GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2716 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x



4. darkkjedii

Posts: 31817; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Only for FaceID, sometimes for Apple Pay, which doesn’t work in a lotta places.

5. Vokilam

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Face ID for Apple Pay doesn’t work? Or Apple Pay isn’t accepted in a lot of places? I do wish that Apple Pay was a s versatile as Samsung Pay. I miss that so damn much.

2. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Other than unlocking, its useless. I would never use it for mobile payments. I would prefer a discreet option for that. The AR on any phone is just totally a novelty. I can't even think of a time I wanted to use it.

3. whatev

Posts: 2477; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

You don’t need to give your useless opinion over a product you don’t have or can’t buy, this is just for iPhone X users. So the door is over there, don’t le it hit you ;)

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I actually did purchase the iPhone X on Xfinity Mobile. And I had a Note 8 which I trade for 2 Note 9s for less money. It is so amazing how you fans get so bent out of shape because not everyone sees things the way you do. I like gimmicks. Just not stupid Animogi, ARmoji, or Ar, or Samsungs VR or any other reality altering 3D boring gimmicky useless phone feature.

6. Vokilam

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

What’s more discrete? Typing in your passcode in front of people? I look at my phone it authenticates and I pay! How can anything be more descrete? If you ever use Apple ID - you don’t have to bring up your phone to your face - I imagine that that’s what you think Apple ID works like? You glance at your phone at the same distance as you’re holding it when reading this very comment. I also use it for passwords, bank app access, and sending Animoji to my kids (they get a kick of a panda talking with daddy’s voice).

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

My phone has an FPS. Very discreet. With how many places NFC payments dont work, holding a phone to your face and have nothing happen is dumb. Also the card reader is down. Having to hold it to your face and prepare it and then move it down is just crazy. I wouldnt even use Iris Scanning for Samsung Pay. It's just stupid to me.

9. Vokilam

Posts: 1503; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Um, I just explained it that I don’t “hold it to my face”. Yes with my Samsung note I had to Adjust my angle for iris scanner sometimes, but with iPhone X Face ID I don’t have to. It reads my face and authenticates while I’m selecting which card to use. Basically same distance and angle as if you were to hold a finger scanner to authenticate.

1. T12RYK

Posts: 849; Member since: Jun 10, 2011

Use it for FaceID and it works flawlessly. Animoji on the other hand has only been used once and will never be used again. The front facing Portrait mode is terrible majority of the time so don't bother using it for that.

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