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Apple's latest splurge proves the future of the iPhone is freakin' lasers

Apple's latest splurge proves the future of the iPhone is freakin' lasers

This money will allow Finisar to increase R&D and high-volume production of vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers already in the iPhone X and AirPods. It has announced a United States $390 million investment in Finisar, a facial recognition technology company.

Finisar is the second company to receive an investment from Apple's US manufacturing fund.

Finisar's manufacturing plant in Texas has been closed since 2012, but Apple's investment will change all that. It will also lead to more VCSELs for Apple in the latter half of 2018, helping to protect Apple against potential shortages from its leading VCSEL supplier, Lumentum. Apple is also rumored to be planning a new iPad Pro model to launch next year that may include a TrueDepth camera.

Apple's Advanced Manufacturing Fund is meant to create new manufacturing jobs and opportunities in the US.

President Donald Trump is among the public figures pushing for Apple to move at least some of its manufacturing business to the United States. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Apple will purchase 10 times more VCSEL wafers than were previously manufactured worldwide over a similar time period.




Shares of Finisar rival Lumentum Holdings Inc fell 12 percent to $45.80, which Henderson said validates how important 3D sensing technology is to Apple and other vendors.

Sherman mayor David Plyler said: "Sherman is the ideal place for Finisar's significant investment in their operations and facilities and we couldn't be more grateful for their confidence".

"If we can create many manufacturing jobs, those manufacturing jobs create more jobs around them because you have a service industry that builds up around them", Cook said of the fund on CNBC earlier this year. "We're extremely proud that our involvement will help transform another American community into a manufacturing powerhouse". The first batch of iPhone Xs only contained 46,500 units, and many hypothesized that the hold-up was due to the TrueDepth camera's dot projector that enables its depth-mapping capabilities. Well, look for (or don't) more of that invisible magic in the future.

The A11 chip then compares your facial structure to the facial scan stored in the iPhone X during the setup process.

Five unsuccessful attempts at Face ID will force you to enter a passcode - which you'll need anyway just to set up facial recognition.