There have been multiple reports saying that Apple is facing production difficulties for the iPhone X. Some are saying that the Cupertino company is having production problems with the facial recognition hardware, which could limit the number of iPhone X that will be available for sale at launch. Yesterday, Bloomberg reported that Apple will reduce the accuracy of its Face ID in order to make the iPhone X easier to produce and today, Apple is rebutting those claims.
According to Bloomberg, Apple has lowered its specifications for its Face ID components in order to speed up productions of the iPhone X. The news portal says that according to “people familiar with the situation”, Apple “quietly told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture”. However, it’s good to note that the accuracy of Face ID is 1,000,000:1 compared to 50,000:1 for Touch ID recognition, so even if the company lowered the accuracy, Face ID would still be way better than Touch ID.
Apple quickly stood out to deny Bloomberg’s claims. The Cupertino company says that its Face ID accuracy is still 1,000,000:1.
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.