The iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera, which powers the device’s Face ID tracking, helps put Apple’s forthcoming smartphone as much as two and a half years ahead of rival handsets.
That’s the bold claim made by analyst Ming Chi Kuo, known for his accurate predictions about Apple’s releases and ongoing success.
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Kuo posits Android-mobile makers such as Samsung, LG and Google–owned HTC will take between one and a half and two and a half years to match the technology behind the iPhone X’s defining feature.
By that point, Apple is likely to have developed and refined functionality even further.
Kuo also predicts that the iPhone X may get off to a sluggish start due to the fact that supply is likely to be severely constrained.
Last week, other Apple-watchers suggested the handset might not be in plentiful supply until February 2018.
The TrueDepth camera’s ability to work our facial expressions already has uses beyond Face ID, with Apple’s Animoji function.
Developers will also be able to create features using the base technology for Face ID, leaving the likes of Samsung trailing in Apple’s wake.
The iPhone X is available to pre–order from 23rd October, before going on sale on 3rd November.
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