FACE ID Coming To ALL iPhones and iPads In 2018

FACE ID Coming To ALL iPhones and iPads In 2018

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

It's not the first time Apple is investing in a Face ID component maker to secure a steady supply. The company did not specify how it would fund the required investment. The limited supply and low yield rates of 3D sensing modules that support Face ID and Animoji features were the reason the iPhone X was in scarce supply during the first few weeks of launch.

Apple already signaled that it wants to secure a consistent Face ID parts supply.

A second report covering this story has added that "Apple has chose to offer financial support for the Korean supplier in the form of an upfront payment and the exact amount of its investment is unknown".

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.

This collaboration will reportedly see Apple pay a whopping upfront payment of $820.9 million, which will be used to build the additional facilities needed for the production of the Face ID components such as the 3D sensing and camera modules.

The report noted that "LG Innotek united forces with Apple to develop a smartphone camera module which enables 3D photographing". With LG Innotek as an Apple partner, it could prevent supply constraints completely.

According to The Investor, the investment was finalized after Apple CEO Tim Cook's meetings with LG Innotek chief executive Park Jong-seok in November. This sort of meeting is rare for Mr. Cook, as he generally does not directly participate in negotiations with parts suppliers.

Apple will release three iPhone models in 2018, and they will all look like the iPhone X, with two of them featuring OLED panels and one an LCD unit.

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