Face ID de­fended

Ap­ple says it hasn’t taken short­cuts with se­cu­rity.


AP­PLE GEN­ER­ALY ISN’T known for releasing quick state­ments re­gard­ing ru­mors about its de­vices, which makes it all the more re­mark­able that Ap­ple re­sponded light­ning-fast to a Bloomberg story claim­ing it scrimped on Face ID qual­ity to get the iPhone X out in time.

In an email state­ment to our sis­ter web­site TechRadar on Oc­to­ber 25, Ap­ple flatly de­nied the truth of the Bloomberg re­port, en­ti­tled “In­side Ap­ple’s Strug­gle to Get the iPhone X to Mar­ket on Time.” At least, it de­nied 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 Septem­ber.

“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,” an Ap­ple spokesper­son said.

These are strong words for a com­pany that usu­ally re­leases the same canned state­ment about how it doesn’t dis­cuss ru­mors when these kinds of things pop up.

“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,” the state­ment to TechRadar con­tin­ued. “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 a one in a mil­lion prob­a­bil­ity of a ran­dom per­son un­lock­ing your iPhone with Face ID.”

Ap­ple’s state­ment doesn’t deny most of the claims in the ar­ti­cle, which pur­ports to give an in­sider’s look into

Face ID uses the iPhone X’s cam­eras and 30,000 in­fra-red dots to cre­ate a 3D map of your face.

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