Apple’s Face ID is 2.5 Years Ahead of Android Devices

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KGI released a new report today (via MacRumors) and it gives us an updated look at what we can expect in terms of how many iPhone X units Apple will sell during the remaining portion of 2017. However, possibly the most interesting takeaway from today’s report has to be how advanced the company’s Face ID security system really is.

According to KGI, Apple’s TrueDepth camera system used to make Face ID possible is so advanced, it’ll take at least another 1.5 to 2.5 years before Android devices can provide the same experience. This camera array, hidden inside the infamous notch at the top of the iPhone X, provides facial tracking and 3D sensing to identify a user’s face and track his/her facial movements to bring features like Animoji and Portrait selfies to life. And apparently, Apple’s done something so futuristic that it’s gonna take competitors until at least 2019 to catch up.

It would make sense to see OEMs hold off until 2019 instead of rushing their Face ID alternatives out next year.


This is a rather interesting statistic. The fact that we won’t see secure implementations of facial recognition in smartphones like Apple’s until 2019 doesn’t sound as accurate as today’s report suggests. On the other hand, if someone like Samsung or LG were developing the technology, they would probably hold it off until early 2019 rather rushing it for one of next year’s flagships. Therefore, KGI’s predictions are likely accurate if a bit surprising. We’ll just have to wait and see how things rule out over time.

Of course, with that 2.5 years before anyone else can truly compete with them, Apple will surely have a strong selling point to convince customers to buy its products. It remains unclear whether we’ll see Face ID and the TrueDepth system adopted in cheaper phones next year rather the second-generation $1,000 iPhone, but at least they’ll have an edge regardless.

Additionally, KGI notes rather somewhere around 40 million units, Apple’s expected to ship roughly 30 to 35 million iPhone X units before the end of 2017 due to manufacturing difficulties to implement Face ID and the TrueDepth camera system. However, once 2018 strikes, Apple will likely be able to produce more units and will surely sell more than what was shipped this year.