IPhone X Manufacturers Struggling With Facial Recognition Production Issues

Joanna Estrada
October 13, 2017

Nikkei is repeating claims of iPhone X production delays first reported last month; suppliers are apparently still struggling with ramping up yields. According to a new report, the suppliers are still facing issues with this component.

According to a recent report from Nikkei Asian Review, Jeff Pu, a Taipei-based analyst from Yuanta Investment Consulting, has cut his forecast of the number of iPhone X devices that will be produced this year from 40 million units to 36 million. Trouble with Romeo modules are reportedly holding back mass production of the iPhone X. 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.

iPhone X features the new A11 Bionic chip with a special neural engine that helps power Face ID which unlocks the device by taking a 3D scan of the users face.

The reasoning behind this forecast is that Apple's suppliers are still struggling to ideal manufacturing of the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera and 3D facial recognition system, reads the report.

Rosenblatt research tipped us that the iPhone X production has recently skyrocketed from 100,000 units per week to 400,000 units per week, a 300 percent increase. If Apple makes no changes, the iPhone X will be available for pre-orders starting on Friday, October 27th, which is just two weeks from tomorrow.

Apple shipped a millions of iPhones in the preorder period alone and the industry analysts as well as the Wall Street widely believe the same will happen for the hugely-anticipated iPhone X despite the whopping $1000 price point. Of course, it goes without saying that supply will likely be extremely limited at launch, with some analysts opining that many interested buyers may not get their hands on the iPhone X until 2018.

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