Apple eased Face ID accuracy to boost iPhone X production – CNET


Face ID is the marquee new feature on the iPhone X. 


Apple is under the gun to get its flagship iPhone X out the door. 

The company wanted so badly to produce more iPhone X units that it told manufacturers to lower the accuracy of its facial recognition system, which it calls Face ID, to speed up production, according to Bloomberg, which cited anonymous sources. The story highlights the challenges Apple faces in getting the phone to the market, including supply shortages and issues with its 3D sensor to map faces. 

The report is the latest indication that the iPhone X will likely be in short supply when it goes on sale Nov. 3. The company has already telegraphed that people should get to its stores early, but that may not be enough.

The iPhone X caps Apple’s 2017 refresh of its phone lineup, which comes a decade after the first iPhone hit the market. Already available now are the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which don’t offer all the high-end features of the X model.

Apple has loaded the iPhone X with a number of firsts, including an OLED screen. It’s also set the pricing bar high: The phone starts at $1,000.

Preorders for the iPhone X begin on Friday, though Apple is offering certain people a head start.

Apple’s willingness to reduce the accuracy of Face ID could be a potential concern for consumers looking to embrace this new technology. Apple has said Face ID is more secure than its fingerprint sensor, and Bloomberg noted that the reduced accuracy of Face ID was still more secure than Touch ID. 

Apple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

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