Reports continue to mount that Apple suppliers are still facing production issues with the iPhone X, as manufacturers are still struggling to perfect the smartphone’s 3-D sensors.
According to a recent report from Nikkei Asian Review, Jeff Pu, a Taipei-based analyst from Yuanta Investment Consulting, has cut his forecast of the number of iPhone X devices that will be produced this year from 40 million units to 36 million.
The reasoning behind this forecast is that Apple’s suppliers are still struggling to perfect manufacturing of the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera and 3D facial recognition system, reads the report.
Several reports have surfaced detailing manufacturers’ struggles in assembling the TrueDepth camera system’s “Romeo” module, as opposed to its “Juliet” module.
“The dot projector makes up part of the transmitting module, dubbed ‘Romeo,’ of iPhone X’s new facial recognition function that allows users to unlock phones and make payments, according to the executive,” reads the report. “The receiving module is fittingly named ‘Juliet.'”
According to the report, the “Romeo” module includes a dot projectors which beams thousands of dots onto one’s face, enabling the technology to build a precise depth map used to unlock the phone. The “Juliet” module includes the infrared camera that analyzes the dot pattern.
According to Pu, the iPhone X will enter mass production in mid-October and will ship to the first number of launch countries next week.
Preorders for the iPhone X begin Friday, October 27, just a little over two weeks from now, while the device itself officially releases on Friday, November 3.