TrueDepth Camera System is Primary Reason for Slow iPhone X Production
Sep 25, 2017 7:32 am PDT by Joe Rossignol
Following a report claiming Apple's suppliers are shipping only about 40 percent of the components originally planned for initial production of the iPhone X, a new report suggests the TrueDepth camera is the primary bottleneck.


The word comes from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said the facial recognition system is "far more complex" than those on competing devices, which is making it challenging for Apple to achieve mass production.

An excerpt from Kuo's research note obtained by MacRumors:
TrueDepth camera may be main production bottleneck of iPhone X ramp. The 3D sensing (TrueDepth camera) on iPhone X is composed of a structured-light system, time-of-flight system and a front-facing camera, which represents a far more complex structure than those of rivals. It will therefore be harder to achieve mass production. While we project iPhone X will see output ramp up meaningfully in mid/ late October, tight supply may only start to ease in 1H18F due to strong demand.
Kuo said shipments of iPhone X components will likely ramp up in mid to late October. Given pre-orders begin October 27, with in-store availability starting November 3, all signs point towards the iPhone X being in extremely short supply.

Kuo believes iPhone X pre-orders have the potential to exceed 40-50 million units, so it's clear the device won't achieve supply-chain balance for quite awhile.

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10 months ago
Presumably if I pre-order early on the 17th I'll get one a few weeks before the iPhone 11 launches?
Rating: 33 Votes
10 months ago
doesn't apple have like $200 billion in the bank? like jesus christ buy some factories, companies, or whatever to get production what it needs to be smh
Rating: 29 Votes
10 months ago
40-50 million of PreOrders would honestly be just insane. We're talking 40-50 Billions of sales....

It'll be a hell of fun this year to watch the launch day crazyness, scalpers, etc.
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doesn't apple have like $200 billion in the bank? like jesus christ buy some factories, companies, or whatever to get production what it needs to be smh


That is like saying "hey, why Samsung can't just go out and buy someone who can make a phone better than the iPhone?"

At the moment they are probably the only ones on earth who have the know-how to manufacture the thing. They are probably literally learning how the thing can be made, there's no manual for this type of stuff. They can't just hire an expert, they are the experts.
Rating: 25 Votes
10 months ago
Something must have happened where they decided later than normal that they wanted to do Face ID over Touch ID. The fact that the couldn't get Touch ID underneath the screen forced them to use their backup technology that they may have been planning for future iPhones, but not for the X
Rating: 15 Votes
10 months ago

Money can’t overcome physics. If something is hard to make correctly, sometimes you just have to take your time.


Wrong forum for logic.
Rating: 12 Votes
10 months ago

So get this, the design model that should of been the choice for ALL the iPhones this year is delayed due to a "feature" literally no one wanted or asked for.
LOL


Before the iPhone, nobody wanted the iPhone...
Rating: 10 Votes
10 months ago
You have to step back and see how pampered we've become. Whining how a miracle of technology isn't instantly in our possession while some people are wondering where their next meal is coming from.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago

Ok this isn't TV you can't build a factory overnight. Apple is pushing tech to the limits here. It takes years of planning. Look at what happen with sapphire glass supplier a couple years back.

NASA and DARPA push tech to the limits. Apple is hacking together a "facial recognition" system that animates poop emojis.
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
Are we just gonna have a 30 minute production update cycle until release day? Lol
Rating: 7 Votes
10 months ago
So get this, the design model that should of been the choice for ALL the iPhones this year is delayed due to a "feature" literally no one wanted or asked for.
LOL
Rating: 6 Votes

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