Smartphone makers may introduce Face ID just like iPhone X in upcoming smartphones

Published on December 26, 2017

Apple launched its 10th-anniversary-smartphone, iPhone X in September this year. The major highlight of the handset was its facial recognition feature. Apple iPhone owners could unlock their devices by merely looking at it. Many other companies followed Apple’s footsteps into introducing this particular feature. Significant arch-rivals of Apple – including Samsung, still haven’t added this feature to their flagship offerings as yet. It is being suggested that there will be many Apple competitors who will follow this move next year.

Face ID

According to a report by BGR, there will be many devices in 2018 that will come packed with the facial recognition feature. Be it smartphones or laptops – an increased number of devices are expected to wrap the facial recognition-like software. In fact, the Cupertino technology giant themselves are planning on integrating the feature into iPads scheduled to launch next year.

A report by Digi Times quoted industry sources familiar with VCSEL ((vertical cavity surface emitting laser), manufacturing business as saying that the suppliers are bracing for stronger sales for True Depth camera next year. For those who aren’t aware, VCSEL is considered to be an essential part of the iPhone X’s True Depth camera system, which makes the facial recognition software possible to function well.

There are several Taiwan-based VCSEL suppliers involved in the Apple project. The list of suppliers who are involved in the Apple project includes Visual Photonics Epitaxy (VPEC), Epistar, Advanced Wireless Semiconductor (AWSC) and Global Communication Semiconductors.

These companies are currently preparing for stronger sales for this feature in 2018. An increasing number of smartphones are looking forward to adopting 3D sensors on their devices. International parts makers are also ramping up production, including Lumentum Holdings, Finisar, Princeton Optronics, and Heptagon.

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