It’s clear initial iPhone X sales are going to be huge. Still, a big bottleneck remains a month before the handset goes on sale, according to Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities (via AppleInsider).
According to the influential analyst, pre-order demand for the 5.8-inch smartphone could top 50 million units and lead to a “super cycle.” Ther reason? The iPhone X represents the first new iPhone design in three years and comes with a new Face ID login feature.
While that feature is one of the phone’s major selling points, it’s also a bottleneck, according to Kuo.
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.
The analyst believes iPhone X production will ramp up in late October, although supply won’t catch up with demand until the first half of 2018.
Pre-orders for the iPhone X begin on Friday, Oct. 27 at 12:01 a.m. PDT. The first orders are expected to arrive one week later on the phone’s official launch date, Nov. 3.
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