Apple's iPhone X Hits Early Problems Due to Facial-Recognition Woes

Apple's iPhone X Hits Early Problems Due to Facial-Recognition Woes

Apple's iPhone X Hits Early Problems Due to Facial-Recognition Woes

It's no big secret that Apple took quite a few gambles (for a change) with the radical new design of the iPhone X, which loses the physical home button and fingerprint reader, gaining an incredibly complex facial recognition mechanism and a attractive façade that's nearly all screen.

Apple launched a new privacy website today to explain how it's protecting users' personal information as new technologies like facial recognition and machine learning make their way into the company's products. Once you do that, the phone's TrueDepth camera "projects and reads over 30,000 infrared dots to form a depth map of the face, along with a 2D infrared image", Apple wrote.

It didn't during Apple's September 12 event - at least initially, when senior vice president Craig Federighi tried and failed to demonstrate Face ID for the crowd before switching phones.

And though, like their literary namesakes, Romeo and Juliet are destined to be together, the components have tripped up the tech giant because Romeo takes longer to manufacture than Juliet, causing a supply imbalance and slowing down production.

Five unsuccessful attempts at Face ID will force you to enter a passcode - which you'll need anyway just to set up facial recognition. If you're having trouble with Face ID, you can select which images you want to send for diagnostics, the company said. Other apps "can't access Face ID or the data associated with the enrolled face", the company said in its security white paper.

To use Face ID with Apple Pay purchases, users will have to confirm intent to pay by double-clicking the side button, like on the Apple Watch.

During its press conference earlier this month, Apple said Face ID will provide much better security than Touch ID, its existing home button and fingerprint sensor feature.

If you're still anxious about Face ID, you can read Apple's entire security guide at this link.

Here we go again. So, you can rest assured that snoops won't be able to unlock your phone with a photo of you, or a mask of your face. Wearing hats, scarves, glasses, contact lenses, and certain sunglasses won't affect the use of Face ID. the technology works indoors, outdoors and in environments that are completely dark.

Apple's so-called "future of the smartphone" will be made available for pre-order on October 27, and hits stores November 3.

Interestingly, Apple also details how Face ID will keep up with changes to a user's face over time.

"This data never leaves the device".

This started with a process of anticipating all the methods hackers might try to fake their way past Face ID. The 10th anniversary device will be offered in 64GB and 256GB starting at $999.

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