Apple has forcefully denied claims that Face ID, the facial scanning security that's central to its new iPhone X, was downgraded in order to bolster supply of the smartphone ahead of launch.
According to business site Bloomberg, sources from suppliers working with Apple claim that the California company ‘relaxed some of the specifications for Face ID’.
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It's alleged that this move allowed manufacturers to produce components at a faster rate, albeit ones that did not meet original specifications.
The report went on to suggest that Face ID may not be as accurate as Apple had claimed during the iPhone X’s launch back in September, saying it had been ‘downgraded’.
Responding to the report, Apple stated: “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.”
It is widely understood that Apple was forced to delay the launch of the iPhone X because components for its TrueDepth camera, which powers Face ID, were not being produced in sufficient quantities.
Low yield rates of the component mean that the iPhone X is likely to be in short supply until well into 2018, according to numerous analysts.
The iPhone X is available to pre–order from 27th October, before going on sale on 3rd November.
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