A Bloomberg report said that the iPhone making giant Apple Inc. had eased its accuracy standards to meet the high demands for the flagship smartphone iPhone X. In response to the report, the iPhone maker said that the quality and accuracy of Face ID have not changed.
Apple disputes Bloomberg’s report of reduced accuracy for Face ID
Citing anonymous sources, Bloomberg had said in its report that the iPhone making giant wanted to produce more iPhone X units so badly that it told producers to reduce the accuracy of its facial recognition system, which is dubbed Face ID.
The story highlights the challenges Apple faces in getting the phone to the market, including supply shortages and issues with its 3D sensor for mapping faces. In a statement, the iPhone maker said, “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.”
The report by the news site is the most recent indication that the flagship iPhone will likely be in short supply when it goes on sale Nov. 3. Earlier this week, according to Nikkei Asian Review, another report suggested that the iPhone maker may ship only 20 million iPhone X devices by the end of this year, which is just half the number that it initially planned on.
The pre-orders for the flagship phone will start on Friday but the iPhone maker is providing a head start to some people.
All the high-end features are in the X model
The upcoming flagship phone caps the 2017 refresh of Apple’s iPhone lineup that is coming more than a decade after the first iPhone hit the market. The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are already available now and they do not offer all the high-end features of the X model.
The smartphone maker has packed its flagship iPhone X with several new features, including an OLED screen and Face ID. In addition to this, the iPhone maker has set the pricing bar high – the iPhone X is priced at $1,000. Production and technical issues are only part of the challenges that the smartphone maker will have to face with Face ID. A replacement for the fingerprint-reading Touch ID as well as the advent of the technology has raised security and privacy concerns as well. The iPhone maker published a white paper in September answering many questions like how much of your face’s image the tech giant actually stores, for how long does it save the image and what apps can use the Face ID feature.