It was reported earlier today by a credible news outlet that Apple had reduced the accuracy of the iPhone X Face ID facial recognition feature in order to meet the demand for the handset. There have been a lot of reports recently suggesting that yield issues related to the Face ID components are going to cause supply issues when the handset is released next month. Apple has now issued a statement saying that the report about a reduction in Face ID recognition is “completely false.”
Bloomberg reported earlier today that Apple had reduced its requirements from suppliers for accuracy levels of Face ID. This was apparently going to help them with yield issues and ease up the production bottleneck.
It’s not common for Apple to set the record straight in response to rumors about its upcoming products. The company has made an exception this time around. It has confirmed in a statement that “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.”
Apple’s statement goes on to say that the scribe’s claim that the Face ID accuracy spec has been reduced is completely false and that the company expects Face ID to be the new “gold standard for facial authentication.”
The company’s statement doesn’t mention any production bottlenecks and the possibility of a demand-supply gap. That will become evident on its own when the handset is released on November 3rd.