The unique Apple's Face-ID coming to three iPhones this year

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

Apple will equip this signature iPhone X feature on other iOS devices going forward, many reports said in recent months.

It turns out manufacturing 3D sensing modules might still be a hard process, which explains why Apple is throwing money at various suppliers to secure a steady stream of parts for 2018 devices.

Apple is expected to launch three iPhone models this year, all with the same design aesthetic as the current iPhone X. These three phones are rumoured to feature the new Face-ID feature using these LG Innotek components.

Unsurprisingly, the Face ID will make a comeback in this year's iterations of the iPhone X, which will also get a Plus version, per the ever-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

If you were planning to buy an Android device this year with technology that can mimic Apple's Face ID scanner, you might be disappointed. LG Innotek would use the investment to build facilities in which the company could produce 3D-sensing and camera modules for iOS devices.

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Sources close to the situation said, 'Apple is now studying how to apply its 3D camera technology into LG Innotek's smartphone camera. The parts supplier will invest nearly $821 million to build additional facilities for its mobile camera module and next-gen module business.

According to a new report from Korean website The Investor, Apple's upfront investment could be worth as much as $820.9 million Dollars. With LG Innotek as an Apple partner, it could prevent supply constraints completely.

The meeting was rare, since the Apple CEO does not usually directly participate in negotiations with parts suppliers, the news outlet reported. This is also the reason why many of those Android phone manufacturers are postponing plans to develop new technologies like fast charging, wireless charging and Face ID-like features, according to Digitimes.

Since then, more reports have emerged detailing Apple's various moves to secure 3D modules supply for future device supposed to support Face ID, including 2018 iPhone X successors and new iPads.

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