Face ID could get a big upgrade in 2019

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Apple plans to make Face ID even better.
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The iPhone’s Face ID system will allegedly get a big upgrade in 2019, according to one of the most accurate Apple analysts.

Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, told investors in a note today that his supply chain sources indicate Apple will add an upgraded sensor to the Face ID system next year to make the experience even better.

Apple introduced Face ID with the iPhone X in 2017 as a replacement to Touch ID. The facial-recognition tech was added to the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR this year as well as on the iPad Pro, but Apple didn’t make any changes to sensors that power it.

Improving Face ID

Kuo claims that Apple will “raise the output power of the flood illuminator VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) to lower the impacts from invisible lights.” The improved VCSEL has higher design and production requirements and longer testing times.

The updated Face ID system will allegedly be added to all of Apple’s new iPhones in 2019. Apple will supposedly go with two OLED display iPhones and one LCD display iPhone next year, just like its lineup in 2018.

Rumors about the 2019 iPhone lineup have already started surfacing online. Other new features could include an A13 processor, three cameras on the back and reduced notch design.