IPhone X release supply may slim as Apple refines TrueDepth

Doris Richards
October 13, 2017

In Brightwire's view production of the initial one million units of the iPhone X may not happen until December.

Nikkei is repeating claims of iPhone X production delays first reported last month; suppliers are apparently still struggling with ramping up yields.

The iPhone X, pronounced "iPhone Ten", features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display with 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458ppi, HDR support, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and True Tone.

The dot projectors, which Nikkei blame for the production delays, make up part of the TrueDepth front-facing camera system in the iPhone X. The 3D sensor system enables compelling features like Face ID authentication and Animoji, so sorting out the production issues will obviously be a priority for Apple. The assembly of Romeo has reportedly taken more time than Juliet, meaning there were more Juliets than Romeos. Specifically, problems are still arising with the iPhone X's dot projector, the component responsible for illuminating a user's face with 30,000 infrared dots to create a depth map of a user's face.


According to a new report from Nikkei, Apple is still encountering production issues with the aforementioned TrueDepth Camera system, the component which serves as the foundation for Face ID.

According to Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang (via StreetInsider) production is now 400,000 units per week, up from 100,000 previously. Kuo said Apple may not have enough iPhone Xs to go around when it launches, especially since consumers are overlooking the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus for the 10th anniversary device. Despite this prediction, Pu still expects Apple to begin mass production of the iPhone X in the middle of this month.

Reports indicate that the iPhone X could be delayed beyond its scheduled November 3 release date. The 10th anniversary device will be offered in 64GB and 256GB starting at $999.

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