• Allison McMIllian

Apple gives support to FaceID and Airpods


Apple is investing $390 million for a new company site to be built in Texas. The company estimates that 500 "high-skill" jobs will be created. The money came from a $1 billion fund that Apple created this year to boost manufacturing jobs, according to CNN.

Apple says the cash will help Finisar, a chip maker, restart a 700,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Sherman, Texas. Finisar makes "vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers" (VCSELs). This technology helps power some of Apple's new features.

"Apple uses VCSELs in its new iPhone X to scan your face for its Face ID feature, “portrait mode” photos and Animoji, and in its AirPod earbuds to sense your ears," according to Recode. The technology is also needed for future products the company is designing, like augmented reality glasses.

"VCSELs power some of the most sophisticated technology we've ever developed and we're thrilled to partner with Finisar over the next several years to push the boundaries of VCSEL technology and the applications they enable," Apple COO Jeff Williams said in a statement.

AirPods were introduced last year and were thought to be the future of earbuds. Although the AirPods are new, FaceID is exclusive for the IPhone X.