Apple denied any moves to reduce the accuracy of the Face ID of the just launche iPhone X. The rumor was set ablaze by a report by Bloomberg.
Apple iPhone X launch was the talk of the town ever since its concept was out. The phone seems to be in controversy even before its release. Amidst the crossfire the makers are in denial for a feature downgrade rumor.
Apple Inc disputed a report by Bloomberg News that it recently allowed suppliers to reduce the accuracy of the iPhone X’s facial recognition system to speed output of the phone. In a statement to Reuters, Apple said. “Bloomberg’s claim that it has reduced the accuracy spec for Face ID is completely false.”
Bloomberg’s report said Apple relaxed some of the technical specifications for sensors for the Face ID system. The downgrade will result the device to run faster to test the parts. The report , which cited sources close to people familiar with the situation, was a hoax.
A Bloomberg spokeswoman said the company stood behind its report. The tech giant shares were down 0.7 percent at $155.99 in midday trading.
The Face ID system – among the $999 iPhone X’s most talked-about features – uses a mathematical model of users’ faces to allow them to sign on to their phones or pay for goods with a steady glance at their phones.
Apple has faced a slew of issues with its latest set of phones launched on Sept. 12, with muted demand for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, and media and analyst reports suggesting reduced shipment plans for the iPhone X.
In its statement, Apple said it expects the iPhone X to go on sale as planned on Nov. 3 with the Face ID feature. “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,” the company said in a statement.
Bloomberg’s story did not specify whether Apple relaxed its requirements before or after it announced its one-in-a-million accuracy claims for Face ID at a press conference on Sept. 12.