Apple is currently 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. And it has to do it in time for the holidays.
The iPhone X, which is available for pre-order this Friday at 12:01 a.m. PDT, will feature an all-glass design and a 5.6-inch Super Retina display. It has an A11 Bionic chip with a neural engine that is capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. Other features inclued animated emoticons (Animoji), wireless charging, and two 12MP Cameras with TrueDepth. These cameras will power the Face ID feature, which is expected to change the way we all unlock our phones, authenticate, and make payments.
The iPhone X Controversy
However, this last feature in the iPhone X is stirring up controversy. According to Bloomberg, Apple allowed suppliers to reduce the accuracy of the iPhone X’s Face ID system, in order to speed up production to meet the demand.
The new iPhone X is expected to debut on Nov 3rd. But if there’s a delay in shipping, Apple could see their last quarter sales decrease in comparison to previous years.
Apple has denied this report and a released an official statement:
“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.”