Apple launched a new privacy website today to explain how it's protecting users' personal information as new technologies like facial recognition and machine learning make their way into the company's products. The Romeo module features a dot projector that uses a laser to beam 30,000 infrared dots across the user's face, essentially mapping its unique characteristics. With a glance, the Face ID will work to unlock the device, confirm Apple Pay payments, use Animoji (Apple's new customized animated emoji) and with third-party apps.
The new iPhone has two components that work together for facial recognition, referred to as "Romeo" and "Juliet" by engineers and suppliers.
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It's not the first time that a new tech introduced by Apple would enter with a snag in the supply chain, but Tim Cook and gang usually manage to solve the constraints in the span of few weeks, so hopefully that will be the case with their biggest bet in years - the iPhone X - too. Since it completely replaces Touch ID, there have been questions all the way up to the government about just how safe and secure it might be.
As Touch ID does with fingerprints, Face ID and the TrueDepth camera don't actually store an image of your face.
This last tip, at least in part, addresses concerns that people will not be able to stop others from using Face ID to open an individual's phone without consent. The company claims the data never leaves the device and isn't ever sent to Apple.
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Average fares are also expected to be slightly lower over the next two months as it promotes seat sales, it added. The letter concludes: "Rest assured there will be no repeat of last week's roster related flight cancellations".
"The probability that a random person in the population could look at your iPhone X and unlock it using Face ID is approximately 1 in 1,000,000 (versus 1 in 50,000 for Touch ID)[.] The probability of a false match is different for twins and siblings that look like you as well as among children under the age of 13, because their distinct facial features may not have fully developed".
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The system will work indoors, outdoors, and "even in total darkness", Apple wrote. "An additional neural network that's trained to spot and resist spoofing defends against attempts to unlock your phone with photos or masks".
Interestingly, Apple also details how Face ID will keep up with changes to a user's face over time.
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The tenth anniversary iPhone X starts at $999 for 64GB capacity or $1,149 for 256GB and comes in space gray or silver.