Apple Confirms Face ID Is The Future

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Things like 3-D and depth-sensing should figure more prominently into Apple's product line over the next couple of years - not only as it adds Face ID to more iOS devices beyond the iPhone X, but also for future products like the augmented reality glasses it's reportedly working on.

VCSELs are part of what makes Face ID work as well as Animoji, and Portrait mode in the camera. While Apple has made tentative comments toward shifting more aspects of iPhone production onshore in the last few years, cost remains the critical factor in the decision.

"VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we've ever developed and we're thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several years to push the boundaries of VCSEL technology and the applications they enable", Apple Chief Operating Officer Jeff Williams said in a statement. Still, Finisar stock is up 30 percent today, and this is a big deal for the company, which is nearly 30 years old and survived the dotcom bubble and crash experience.

Finisar, the company behind the lasers used in the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, is the latest recipient of Apple's billion dollar Advanced Manufacturing Fund.

The $390 million, says one analyst, represents a revenue commitment from Apple for anticipated orders after manufacturing of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs) ramps up. Face ID also seems to be the authentication mechanism set to be standardized across all of Apple's devices in future that now features Touch ID.

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The windfall will pay for a new 700,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Sherman, North Texas (via TechCrunch). The company runs a plant in Allen, just outside of Dallas.

Hiring, capital equipment planning and infrastructure upgrades are already underway at the Sherman facility, which is expected to begin shipping in the second half of 2018.

Finisar is not the first company to benefit from the fund - that honour went to Corning, which makes the durable Gorilla Glass displays that feature on many phones. "We're extremely proud that our involvement will help transform another American community into a manufacturing powerhouse", the exec said.

The dot map is then read by an infrared camera and the structure of your face is relayed to the A11 Bionic chip in the iPhone X, where it is turned into a mathematical model. Should you upgrade your iPhone to iOS 11.1?

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