Android phones might finally catch up to Apple’s Face ID

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The company that sells Apple a critical component for Face ID expects to have more customers this year.
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iPhone’s multi-year lead in facial recognition could finally be nearing its end, as one of the third-party suppliers for the hardware in Face ID says it expects to start selling its 3D sensors to more companies this year.

Everything we know about iPhone X’s Face ID

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Michael Cohen was forced by a court warrant to open his iPhone with Face ID.
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When the iPhone X arrives November 3, it will bring a new age of security with it.

Apple is ditching fingerprints for facial scanning when it comes to unlocking your device, thanks to the iPhone X’s all-new Face ID feature. Not all Apple fans are excited about this. But if Face ID works as well as Apple says it does, it could be the most innovative iPhone addition in years.

Here’s what you need to know about Face ID.

‘Leaked’ video shows alleged iPhone 8 with rear Touch ID

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But don't worry — Face ID isn't going anywhere.
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The debate over whether the iPhone 8 will come with Touch ID has just been reignited thanks to a new video that allegedly shows off some of the devices new features.

A video of an alleged iPhone with Touch ID in the back surfaced on the Chinese microblogging site Weibo today. Although details in the video are hard to make out, it appears to show someone testing the Touch ID sensor during the Q&A process.

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Apple’s been planning to replace Touch ID with facial recognition for years

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We could be waiting a long time for iPhone 8.
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Apple’s rumored decision to ditch Touch ID on the iPhone 8 may not be as rushed a decision as some rumors have claimed.

Facial recognition features could replace Touch ID on Apple’s premium handset this year and a new patent filing shows the company has been working on the technology behind it for over 3 years.