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.