Can Apple Ship the iPhone X in Time For the Holidays?

Can Apple Ship the iPhone X in Time For the Holidays?

In recent weeks, it's hardly been a secret that Apple is having trouble manufacturing enough iPhone X units, each of which will sell for at least $1,000. The latest, by the brokerage firm Bernstein, states that while half (48%) of those questioned are excited by the launch of the new phone, only one quarter of iPhone owners (in the U.S., the United Kingdom and China) plan to order the new model soon. However, shortages of the TrueDepth camera which powers the iPhone X's Face ID technology along with features like Animoji animated emojis compounded the delays.

Another major problem could also prevent Apple from selling as many iPhone Xs as it would like.

The iPhone X's new TrueDepth front-facing camera was reportedly one of the main causes for the production issues - so Apple supposedly allowed its suppliers to "reduce the accuracy" of the tech late in the game to make the manufacturing process less hard, according to "people familiar with the situation" who spoke to Bloomberg.

Apple did not respond to The Daily Caller News Foundation's request for comment.

At the iPhone X presentation, Apple said the possibility of a random person unlocking Face ID was 1 in a 1,000,000, and this still remains, as accuracy and quality remains the same. However, multiple sources close to production have provided statements that seem to confirm Apple's new relaxed requirements. At the phone's official unveiling in September, executives boasted that there was a one in a million chance that an interloper could defeat Face ID to unlock a phone.

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"The iPhone X is now being produced at a rate of 10 million units per month, but with the sales scheduled to begin on November 3, Apple is likely to only provide 20 million units this year", it said.

"The iPhone X really sets the tone for the next decade in technology, it has a lot of new technology in it", CEO Tim Cook said last week in an interview with BuzzFeed News during the opening of a new Apple store in Chicago. The dot projector is the main reason for the production problems. The system uses a two-stage process because the dot projector makes big computational demands and would rapidly drain the battery if activated as frequently as the flood illuminator.

"Two to three million handsets available on launch day and 25 million to 30 million units for the holiday quarter" predicts Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities.

According to reports, Foxconn Technology Group had earlier pulled about 200 works from the iPhone X production line as it was struggling to get components for the phone.

The iPhone X, which is available for pre-order this Friday at 12:01 a.m. PDT, will feature an all-glass design and a 5.6-inch Super Retina display.

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