Earlier this month, we reported that there would be a delay in the release of the iPhone X. When the device was announced two weeks ago, Apple announced the release in early November. Given by the short to no lines for the iPhone 8, it seems many people are waiting for the iPhone X. Judging by The Wall Street Journal’s reporting, the iPhone X may have limited supplies.
It was rumored that there were manufacturing issues with the iPhone X’s facial recognition feature. However, it is being reported that this exact issue is causing further delays.
The new facial recognition sensor is broken into two halves: a “Romero” module that projects the infrared dots to the face, and a “Juliet” module that reads the pattern. The issue is that the “Romero” modules take more time to assemble than the “Juliet” modules. This has created a bottleneck, which would inadvertently cause a shortage of completed devices.
With lines almost being nonexistent, according to The Verge. Many people are holding out for the iPhone X. With a supply shortage, many people will have to wait before they can simply pre-order one. Some are projecting that many people will have to wait until 2018 to get the device.
iPhone sales usually dominate Apple’s revenue when it comes to the holiday shopping season. With many people passing up on the iPhone 8 for the limited iPhone X, this will create a frenzy. However, Apple may feel it when their revenue takes a hit during the holiday season. Apple’s response to this shortage will be interesting to say the least.