Dot projector production problems could create a production bottleneck that would limit supply.
The iPhone X will be available for pre-order this Friday and in stores on November 3. That brings me to the second point. Apple held their first special event at the new Apple Park campus where they announced the new iPhone 8, iPhone X and the Apple Watch Series 3. For comparison, Apple sold more than 13 million iPhone 6S & 6S Plus devices in its opening weekend. (NASDAQ:AAPL) by 7.5% in the second quarter, according to the company in its most recent filing with the SEC. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting that only 2-3 million iPhone X units will be available on launch day and 25-30 million units available in the holiday quarter.
Well, now it's going with plan C. Which is to seed the press with the bad news that this technology does not work very well.
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Here's exactly what the report says about the productions issues: "At the beginning of mass production, defects occurred in the bonding process for the OLED panels, and although the problem was largely resolved around July, problems continued in assembly of the face authentication module". The latest, by the brokerage firm Bernstein, states that while half (48%) of those questioned are excited by the launch of the new phone, only one quarter of iPhone owners (in the USA, the United Kingdom and China) plan to order the new model soon.
The short-term solution for the tech giant is to downgrade the FaceID's accuracy.
The iPhone X doesn't have a fingerprint scanner, and facial recognition is the only biometric unlock mechanism for a number of iPhone features, including Apple Pay, Schneemann pointed out.
In an email statement to TechRadar, Apple flatly denied the truth of the report, or, at least the article's specific claim that Face ID may no longer have the "one-in-a-million" chance of failure Apple touted in its reveal presentation last month. This is for verification of the person. "We expect Face ID to be the new gold standard for facial authentication".
The 3D sensor utilized for Face ID is placed at the top of the device and comprises of three primary components which are a flood illuminator, a dot projector, and an infrared camera. Manufacturers have now improved dot projector yields to around 50%. Sharp and LG Innotek are other companies that have also struggled completing this task, with only 20% of the technology being usable off the assembly line.