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Apple is Still Struggling With iPhone X Production

13 October 2017

Only a bit more than two weeks remain until the iPhone X pre-order date, October 27, meaning the first customers will have their hands on the highly-anticipated smartphone in just over three weeks.

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. The anonymous tech executive says that the dot projector, part of the TrueDepth Camera system, is responsible for the production delays. The dot projector, dubbed Romeo, uses a laser to beam 30,000 infrared dots on the user's face to map their unique traits, while the receiving module is called Juliet.

Face ID is an important feature, since the iPhone X has no fingerprint scanner. 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.

The good news is that the iPhone X is undoubtedly the most technologically advanced iPhone had ever created.

Yuanti Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu predicts that the iPhone X will soon enter mass production and units will start shipping out of China in the third week of this month. The Home Button has been removed from the iPhone X, with Apple adding a new Tap to Wake feature which works alongside Raise to Wake. However, since this issue has still not been sorted out, he has revised his own 2017 iPhone X shipments prediction down from 40 million units to 36 million.

Starting at $999, the iPhone X will officially arrive on Friday, Nov. 3.

Apple is Still Struggling With iPhone X Production