Apple Downgrades iPhone X's Face ID Components To Accelerate Shipping

Apple Downgrades iPhone X's Face ID Components To Accelerate Shipping

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Apple has allegedly told suppliers they can reduce the accuracy of its face recognition technology to speed up manufacturing of the iPhone X, reports Bloomberg.

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Apple is now facing a huge challenge with its new iPhone X. It has to produce large quantities of beautifully designed phones that incorporate advanced technology and features such as facial recognition. While the 256GB iPhone X costs Rs 1,02,000 in India, the same device is priced at $1149 (approx 74,600) and RM 5899 (approx Rs. 90,000) in the U.S and Malaysia respectively. That could lead to better-than-seasonal sales in the first half of next year.

The dot projector is at the heart of Apple's production problems. "With more towers than ever before equipped with ultra-powerful LTE, our unbeatable customer-inspired service and unmatched plans, customers will be able to fully enjoy all of the awesome new features of iPhone X". Reports indicate that the holdup is due to the new TrueDepth camera system. According to iMore, "Face ID uses multiple neural networks that are built into the dual-core A11 bionic neural engine to process the facial recognition data".

Pelayo is predicting 13 percent iPhone unit growth in calendar year 2018, to 247.5 million, with average selling prices also rising 12 percent year over year as Apple raises the price on higher-end and "Plus" models.

Dot projector production problems could create a production bottleneck that would limit supply.

However, this last feature in the iPhone X is stirring up controversy.

In an official statement, Apple denied the rumor and reiterated its "one in a million" claim, but we won't know for sure until the iPhone X launches and hackers can put it to the test. LG and Sharp are building the dot projector neccessary for FaceID but both the companies aren't able to live up to the demand.

Analysts are expecting Apple to only have around two or three million iPhone X devices ready to go for launch next week, which could result in a lot of unhappy customers who try to do a pre-order on Friday. This is down from Kuo's earlier forecast of 40 millio units.

The iPhone X is Apple's very latest smartphone.

The sensor is a serious technical challenge; as Bloomberg reported, Microsoft's Kinect controller is to date the largest production run for the technology, coming in at 24 million units over two years.

"I'd rather wait and watch that one, Wozniak said Monday at the Money 20/20 conference in Las Vegas".

  • Terrell Bush