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The iPhone X's Face ID feature is apparently not very good

In an unprecedented move this year, Apple announced three different iPhones: the 8, 8 Plus, and the premium X. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus - while containing the same processor and some new features of the X - share a general design with earlier models of the device. The iPhone X though, is radically different, with an edge-to-edge OLED display that doesn't have a Home button, or Touch ID.

Instead, Apple is using what it calls Face ID, which uses a 3D sensor for facial recognition. According to some reports, this is what the company will use moving forward.

If you were understandably skeptical about facial recognition replacing your beloved Touch ID, then there's more bad news. Apparently, it won't be that good, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The report says that Apple "told suppliers they could reduce the accuracy of the face-recognition technology to make it easier to manufacture".

It also says that "a less accurate Face ID will still be far better than the existing Touch ID", as unlikely as that sounds. After all, Touch ID is really good, as we've said numerous times in reviews.

This is something that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak expressed concerns about a few days ago. Because of his uncertainty over Face ID, he said he won't be buying the iPhone X on launch day.

Apple's iPhone X will be available for pre-order on Friday, with full availability on November 3, so it won't be long until we find out just how accurate this report is. Until then though, you might want to keep your expectations low.

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