KGI: Improved iPhone X Shipping Estimates Due to Better-Than-Expected Production, Not Weak Demand

Steady improvements in iPhone X supplies that have seen shipping estimates fall to 1-2 weeks are due to better-than-expected improvements in production since the device's launch, rather than any weakness demand, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who shared the information in a new research report obtained by MacRumors.

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According to Kuo, who frequently shares accurate information from Apple's supply chain, iPhone X production issues "have been well addressed" in recent weeks, with Foxconn's production now at 450,000-550,000 units per day compared to just 50,000-150,000 a month or two ago as Apple geared up to launch the device.

Two of the primary bottlenecks that contributed to tight supplies of the iPhone X have largely been resolved, according to Kuo, with Career quickly making up for lost time after Murata was unable to provide LTE antenna components as originally planned and LG Innotek and Sharp seeing improved yields for the dot projector module of the TrueDepth camera.

(1) Hon Hai’s daily shipments of iPhone X have climbed to 450-550k units, up from 50-150k units 1-2 months ago; (2) shipments of Career’s LCP LTE antenna will likely grow 100% MoM in both November and December; and (3) production yield of Dot projection module, made by LG Innotek (KR) and Sharp (JP), has moved quickly above 80-90% or higher from below 60% 1-2 months ago.

As a result of the improved production, Kuo believes iPhone X shipments in the fourth calendar quarter could be 10-20 percent higher than he previously estimated, with some orders previously estimated as shipping in the new year being pulled in and shipped before the end of the quarter. That acceleration means Kuo is predicting that iPhone X shipments in the first quarter of 2018 will be flat or slightly lower compared to the fourth quarter.

Apple's financial guidance for the current quarter points toward record performance, suggesting the company is confident any production troubles have been resolved and that demand for the high-end iPhone X will be strong throughout the quarter.

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Top Rated Comments

MH01 Avatar
87 months ago
wonder when he got a full time job at Apple PR :p it's interesting how he is doing almost weekly updates now ...
Score: 51 Votes (Like | Disagree)
melliflu Avatar
87 months ago
Improved production is due to 3000+ students forced by their school to work 11-hour shifts at Foxconn's Iphone X lines.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
haruhiko Avatar
87 months ago
He is the one who made everyone thought that we couldn't get the iPhone before 2018. What a revisionist.
Score: 34 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Kulfon Avatar
87 months ago
Yes, but what do you expect them to say? Seriously....
Score: 32 Votes (Like | Disagree)
usarioclave Avatar
87 months ago
This is a tremendously amazing production line.

500,000 iPhones a day
assuming 2 8-hour shifts, that's 31,250 an hour
520 iPhones a minute

All those components are tracked, so the correct IMEI, MAC addresses, etc are on the correct label that gets stuck on the correct box. All those components are registered to the secure enclave, or whatever the heck it is that tracks internal hardware serial numbers for the various phone components. All those phones are flashed, which probably takes the most time. The various parts and their origin are tracked, so they know which batches go into which phone.

This line is truly one of the the most amazing things that's ever been built by humanity.
Score: 29 Votes (Like | Disagree)
KENESS Avatar
87 months ago
Yes, but what do you expect them to say? Seriously....
This isn't a report from Apple themselves. (Where you're right, a certain amount of spin would be expected.) This is from a third party who tracks supply chain to find out what is happening "on the ground"... Most importantly, this guy is actually pretty decently accurate. His info is good most of the time.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)