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Apple Bets Big on FaceID – Grants $390 Million to Finisar

Apple eliminated the popular TouchID sensor present on previous iPhones for a more modern solution dubbed as FaceID. This move came after multiple rumors had done the rounds regarding Apple integrating an under-the-screen fingerprint sensor. To the disappointment of many, the sensor didn’t quite make the cut on the iPhone X.

Apple has kept emphasizing that FaceID is a more evolved security login method. This has been further reassured lately when the Cupertino giant invested $390 million in Finisar, the Texas-based firm that manufactures the sensor. The iPhone X’s front camera relies on four parts: a structured light transmitter and receiver, a front-facing camera, and a time of flight/proximity sensor. The controversial notch on the iPhone X is where all these sensors are packed into.

The iPhone X was unveiled alongside the iPhone 8 but was rolled out a bit later owing to supply chain constraints. This was mainly caused due to the shortage of parts that were exclusive to the tenth edition iPhone. The new OLED display and the camera module were the components that took most of the blame for the dealy. Even after the phone started rolling out, getting yourself one was difficult. Slowly over the time, the supply of devices are managing to meet up with the demand.

The award will enable Finisar to exponentially increase its R&D spending and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs). VCSELs power some of Apple’s most popular new features, including Face ID, Animoji and Portrait mode selfies made possible with the iPhone X TrueDepth camera, as well as the proximity-sensing capabilities of AirPods. – Apple

It is imminent that the upcoming phones from the company will feature the new camera modules and to avoid the shortage faced by the iPhone X, the company seems to have invested in Finisar. This investment in the Texas-based firm is both to empower the Research and Development team as well as boost the supply of the sensors for next year’s iPhones.

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