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iPhone X Makers Said To Struggle With Facial Recognition

Two weeks after the WSJ reported that Apple hit a production snag on the iPhone X, specifically as relates to critical components for the new iPhone’s facial recognition technology, on Thursday the Nikkei reported that iPhone X manufacturers are still struggling to refine 3-D sensors, especially dot projectors in Apple premium handset’s TrueDepth, according to a tech executives. Following up on the explanation provided by the WSJ at the end of September, the problematic dot projector makes up part of the transmitting module, dubbed “Romeo,” of iPhone X’s new facial recognition function that allows users to unlock phones and make payments. The receiving module is fittingly named “Juliet.”

The Nikkei first reported in September that suppliers were struggling with the production of 3-D sensors for facial recognition, a key – and somewhat controversial feature – of the new iPhone X, the most keenly awaited smartphone this year and is touted as the first major upgrade of Apple’s iconic device since iPhone 6. The smartphone is set to go on sale early November, although should production problems persist, delays may be unavoidable. …

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