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Apple would have a two-year advantage over rivals in the 3D facial recognition race

It's no news that Apple can quickly influence an entire industry with its products. Just look at the cutout on the upper front of the iPhone X: everyone criticized it at first, but nowadays, trend and many other brands are adopting it as well.

But much more than just creating trends, Ma can implement technologies in its products that really make a difference and reproduce significant advances for the market. That's exactly what happened with the 3D face scanning technology that the company introduced on the iPhone X. Proof of that, according to ReutersApple gained a two-year advantage over its rivals in the smartphone industry when it comes to 3D face recognition technology.

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Manufacturers that keep an eye on technology will have to wait at least 2019 if they want to replicate the feat, some sources said.

Viavi Solutions, Finisar and Ams AG, three manufacturers of these components, have suggested that the production of these parts will remain more difficult until at least next year, which ends up preventing Android devices (such as Huawei or Xiaomi) from display their own TrueDepth camera versions and features such as Face ID.

One of the causes of this supply friction would be vertical cavity surface emission lasers (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser, or VCSELs), crucial to the operation of Apple's TrueDepth camera. Last year, Ma invested $ 390 million in the market's leading manufacturer of VCSELs, Finisar, to boost production and secure supply and the company could also invest more in research and development.

Apple also initially obtained VCSELs from Lumentum, which, like the others, faced production difficulties, and Ma would have invested in Finisar. Lumentum stated Reuters that component production will increase only in 2019, the same deadline given by Ams.

Viavi, the only major provider of optical filters needed for 3D modules, believes that only one Android handset maker will offer 3D recognition by the end of this year, with probably very low volumes; Next year, at least two more Android devices should hit the market with this technology.

And if you doubt that Apple creates trends, our well-known KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released a report in October stating that, according to inquiries made to Android smartphone vendors, demand for facial recognition technology 3D tripled (!) After Apple introduced the iPhone X.

See how iPhone X's facial recognition system is far superior to Samsung's Galaxy S9

Since this technology was already introduced by Ma in 2017, we will surely see all of its new products going the same way, starting with new iPads. That is, the production of components must already be in full swing and, as we have seen, not only because of Apple but also because of Android smartphone makers who are wanting something like this.

via AppleInsider: 1, 2