Apple has long been reported to be facing production issues, widely believed to be caused due to iPhone X’s major redesign. Recently, it was estimated that these production issues could cause some delays in delivery of the iPhone X. Bloomberg in a report claimed that Apple is quietly allowing suppliers to reduce the accuracy of the Face ID feature to hasten the manufacturing. Apple has now refuted this claim.
In a statement to Reuters, Apple said “Bloomberg’s claim that Apple has reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false.” “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 company said in a statement to Reuters.
Bloomberg’s report, which cited sources close to people familiar with the situation, said Apple relaxed some of the technical specifications for sensors for the Face ID system, making it faster to test the parts. Although, as Reuters reports, a Bloomberg spokeswoman said that the company stood behind its report. It is to note that Bloomberg’s story did not specify whether Apple relaxed its requirements before or after it announced its one-in-a-million accuracy claims for Face ID at a press conference on September 12. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X is the first iPhone I won’t buy on day one: Steve Wozniak
The Face ID feature in iPhone X has already caught the eye of many security enthusiasts who believe that this is a feature ripe for misuse. While it is superbly designed, it is also slightly unconvincing. At the time of the iPhone X launch, celebrity whistleblower Edward Snowden said that while Face ID has a “robust design”, it “normalizes facial scanning, a tech certain to be abused”. Given these claims, the alleged reduced accuracy had to pick up fire. ALSO READ: Edward Snowden shows how to keep your smartphone from spying on you
Essentially, with its ten year anniversary iPhone X, Apple has replaced the touch ID with Face ID. The feature basically integrates a dedicated TrueDepth camera, which is a setup inclusive of a dot projector, that projects and analyzes more than 30,000 invisible dots for creating a depth map of a user’s face, and an infrared camera to read the dotted pattern. There is also a flood illuminator that helps the infrared light identify your face, even in the dark.
In simpler words, the camera takes a 3D scan of your face from all angles. This 3D scan of your face is securely saved inside the smartphone’s enclave hardware chip. When you want to unlock your iPhone X, this 3D map is compared and once it matches, the authentication is successful. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X replaces Touch ID with Face ID; here’s how the new authentication tech works