Over the last month or so, there certainly hasn’t been a lack of news surrounding the iPhone X and the various manufacturing issues going on behind the scenes. While initial stocks are expected to be low, a report this week says that Face ID component supply has now stabilised, adding that Apple likely won’t run into these same issues next year.
According to a new investor note from KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, shipments for Apple’s 2018 round of iPhones should arrive on time and in stable supply. However, Kuo is expecting Apple to stick to the current TrueDepth camera with “no major spec upgrade”. This will lead to minimal changes in the manufacturing process, which suppliers have only just managed to get the hang of.
Aside from that, Kuo says that supply for Apple’s iPhone X components is now stable, “leaving no need to switch to other solutions”.
Previously, Kuo has claimed that all of Apple’s 2018 iPhone models will move from Touch ID to Face ID, in addition to new models of the iPad in 2018. With components now becoming more readily available, it seems likely that Apple will ramp up its use of Face ID technology, with minimal changes so as not to disrupt the supply chain once again.
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KitGuru Says: I’m still not sold on Face ID as a replacement for Touch ID, but hopefully Apple will have it all figured out by next year. Are any of you planning on getting your hands on the iPhone X?