Apple’s manufacturing partners are still struggling to perfect the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera, with less than a fortnight until pre–orders get underway.
Reports from Japan, citing anonymous supply chain sources and Taiwanese analyst Jeff Pu, say that the likes of Foxconn and TSMC still can’t get high enough yields of the 3D sensors required to make the TrueDepth camera work properly.
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The TrueDepth camera powers Face ID, Apple’s pioneering new facial recognition system used to unlock the iPhone X, create personalised emoji and make secure payments via Apple Pay.
Throughout 2017, reports from suppliers claimed that issues with Apple’s new security system could delay the release of the iPhone X. That was borne out by Apple’s decision to launch its tenth anniversary phone in September, but delay its official release until 3rd November.
Now though, Pu and anonymous insiders are saying Apple won’t even start mass production until the middle of October. Pre–orders go live on Friday 27th October.
Pu says he believes Apple will only make around 36 million iPhone X models in 2017, a drop on his original 45 million estimate. This tallies with other analysts, who have long said Apple won’t see any major sales boost until well into 2018.
The iPhone X features a new, all–screen design and improved dual lens camera, as well as its TrueDepth sensor smarts. It starts at £999 SIM–free for a 64GB edition.