Early today, a report from Bloomberg stated that Apple had reduced Face ID component specifications, in turn reducing Face ID base accuracy, to help improve yield and boost iPhone X production.
In light of so many reports and rumors suggesting Apple is seeing tight production of iPhone X, leading up to the launch on November 3, a report like that caught on like wildfire. The idea that Apple would reduce the accuracy of its standard biometric security measure is bad enough, but to do it just to meet production demand makes it sound even worse.
Apple has now issued a statement regarding the matter, saying the routine things, like touting Face ID’s ease-of-use and noting how excited customers are for the feature and the iPhone X itself, but also says that the rumors that Apple has reduce Face ID accuracy specifications are completely false.
Here’s the statement in full:
“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.”
It’s worth noting that Apple doesn’t say anything about changes being made, just that Apple hasn’t reduced the accuracy specifications for Touch ID. So it’s possible that Apple did make changes in an effort to meet iPhone X demand, as well as reach production goals, but Apple is adamant that reducing Face ID accuracy isn’t something it has done.
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