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KGI Securities analyst says 2018 iPhones will continue to use existing Face ID, TrueDepth technology


KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a note to investors that he believes that predictions of Apple’s late 2018 iPhone model to use a lower-spec TrueDepth system that is comprised of hybrid glass and plastic lenses are untrue, according to a report by AppleInsider.

The note comes nearly a week after Bloomberg reported that concerns over the production schedule for the forthcoming iPhone X have led Apple to reduce the accuracy standard for its Face ID feature.

Kuo believes that Apple will continue using the existing 3D face recognition technology without any increase or decrease in sensitivity or accuracy.

In addition, the company’s supply of the components required for the future iPhone model, as well as the iPhone X are “now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions.”

Apple is expected to expand its glass suppliers for the system in 2017 to Largan, Genius, Hoya, and/or Asia Optical, suggesting the company has either already diversified its supply chain, or will have done so before mass production on any future iPhone models proceeds.

Kuo said that Android-based 3D sensing technologies are expected to mature between the second half of 2018 and first half of 2019, which will trigger higher rates of adoption.

He also believes that the TrueDepth system will be integrated into the 2018 iPad lineup.

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