IPhone X Manufacturers Struggling With Facial Recognition Production Issues

A report from Taipei suggested today that the iPhone X is struggling with a bit of a production delay.

Following the introduction of the iPhone X in September, pre-orders for the device will begin later this month, and it's expected those who are late to pre-order can expect lengthly shipping delays, potentially leading into late December and early January.

"...if iPhone X availability issues persist beyond November 15 and into the holiday season, we could see some frustrated iPhone users consider switching to other offerings", wrote Toni Sacconaghi, an analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, in a client note.

iPhone X manufacturers are reportedly struggling with the dot projector on the device's TrueDepth camera.

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that components referred to as Romeo and Juliet were causing a production snag. 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. The facial recognition system is used to unlock the device and make payments.

According to Rosenblatt analyst Jun Zhang (via StreetInsider) production is now 400,000 units per week, up from 100,000 previously. According to a new report, the suppliers are still facing issues with this component.

All that said, another tech executive that spoke to Nikkei relayed that Apple is still gearing up to begin iPhone X mass production in the next week or two, with shipments slated to begin later this month.

Once Apple gets a handle on production, analysts are anticipating that demand for the iPhone X will be off the charts.

Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone X on October 27th. The 10th anniversary device will be offered in 64GB and 256GB starting at $999.

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