Report claims iPhone X suppliers struggling to produce 3D sensor components

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2017

Yet another report, this time from Nikkei, claims Apple is facing production issues with the iPhone X's 3D sensors for the new Face ID feature.

The Centrio News reported earlier this week that Kuo noted that Apple purportedly stumbled on some speed wallops with the TrueDepth Camera System component due to the intricacy of the supplies required. However, the analyst has cut his forecast of 2017 iPhone X production by 10% to 36 million units.

Thursday's report echoes a Wall Street Journal article last month that also pointed to struggles in the iPhone X's production, particularly the Romeo modules.

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Once Apple gets a handle on production, analysts are anticipating that demand for the iPhone X will be off the charts. It certainly seems a good portion of "hardcore" Apple iPhone buyers have skipped on the iPhone 8 series and are instead waiting for the X's debut. Some iPhone X suppliers are facing yield issues with key components, one of the components is the dot projector for the TrueDepth camera that powers the facial recognition functionality. The dot projector, dubbed Romeo, uses a laser to beam 30,000 infrared dots on the user's face to map their unique traits, while the receiving module is called Juliet. The 3D sensor system empowers astonishing features like Face ID biometric security for unlocking the handset and for making payments as well as the Animoji. If Apple makes no changes, the iPhone X will be available for pre-orders starting on Friday, October 27th, which is just two weeks from tomorrow.

The iPhone X, pronounced "iPhone Ten", features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display with 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458ppi, HDR support, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and True Tone.

According to sources Romeo modules are taking longer to be assembled while it is the exact opposite with regards to the Juliet modules.

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