Apple's Face ID may not be iPhone X exclusive for long

Posted October 12, 2017

Ms. Wu reportedly plugged in the device with the cable and charger that came with the iPhone 8 Plus, but the handset split open after several minutes.

Over the course of past few days, there have been many reports on Chinese news websites and social media that talked about the case of iPhone 8 battery swelling.

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This radically redesigned iPhone X is slated to go on sale on November 3 with Apple start to take pre-orders starting on October 27. As a result, the front panel of the phone is being bent and getting separated from the phone.

But the phone's notch has a second, possibly unintended objective that is becoming more evident as we approach the iPhone X's November 3rd release date.

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Face ID is now exclusive to the iPhone X, but a new report from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that this may not be the case next year.

"We expect Apple's major promotion of facial recognition related applications will encourage the Android camp to also dedicate more resources to developing hardware and facial recognition applications", Kuo wrote. However, the iPhone X will face supply chain problems, just like the rumor mill's predicted since this year's first quarter. The TrueDepth Camera System is created to prevent getting spoofed by photos or masks. So while some analysts have pointed to weak iPhone 8 sales as a sign of weakness, Kuo maintains that overall iPhone 8 demand is where it should be given the looming launch of the iPhone X.

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Also under the TrueDepth Camera System, the clever depth sensing technologies used on the Face ID of the iPhone X also doubles for a fun new feature called Animoji. While the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 were the most popular phones for the first half of 2015, 2016 and 2017 respectively, market share for each phone declined from 10% to 7% and then 5% this year.