The iPhone X is probably the most talked-about smartphone of the year, despite not even being launched yet. Which means production will have to keep up with demand once it makes its debut. According to Bloomberg, Apple has downgraded its Face ID to make manufacturing more units easier, but Apple has issued a public statement denying it.
All about 'face'
Bloomberg's report claimed that Apple "quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture".
In an uncharacteristic move for Apple, the company quickly sent out a statement in response:
Customer excitement for iPhone X and Face ID has been incredible, and we can’t wait for customers to get their hands on it starting Friday, November 3. Face ID is a powerful and secure authentication system that’s incredibly easy and intuitive to use. The quality and accuracy of Face ID haven't changed. It continues to be 1 in a million probability of a random person unlocking your iPhone with Face ID.
Bloomberg’s claim that Apple has reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false and we expect Face ID to be the new gold standard for facial authentication.
So who's to be believed? The ultimate test for Face ID will come once the iPhone X is in the hands of users the world over. Brace for it: your Instagram is going to be full of poop emojis.
[Source: Ars Technica]