IPhone X Suppliers Still Struggling With 3D Facial Recognition Sensors

With iPhone X release around the corner, Nikkei report says shortages expected

iPhone X Release Date, Pre-Order Update: Manufacturers Struggling With Face ID Components

Even more intriguing is that the iPhone X's TrueDepth camera system is so sophisticated that it may take Android competitors years to implement something similar.

Thursday's report echoes a Wall Street Journal article last month that also pointed to struggles in the iPhone X's production, particularly the Romeo modules.

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 production increase comes as suppliers are still facing issue with parts of the TrueDepth camera.

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

Limited iPhone X Release Date Units?

As these dates near, it's only natural that Apple has begun to put up advertisements for the next-generation iPhone on billboards throughout the world in cities like Tokyo, San Francisco, Toronto, London, and more. This is seconded by Jeff Pu, an analyst with Taipei-based Yuanta Investment Consulting who agrees that the production issue is coming from the dot projector. However, the analyst has cut his forecast of 2017 iPhone X production by 10% to 36 million units.

Ever since the iPhone X was announced, it has consistently been reported that the handset will be in short supply for several months after it's released.

Apple will start taking pre-orders for the iPhone X on October 27 and will launch the device November 3. The iPhone X, like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, features wireless charging capabilities, is waterproof and supports augmented reality apps.

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