Delays Expected In The Release Of iPhone X Due To Production Snags

Trouble with Romeo modules are reportedly holding back mass production of the iPhone X.

Reports continue to mount that Apple suppliers are still facing production issues with the iPhone X, as manufacturers are still struggling to ideal the smartphone's 3-D sensors.

The dot projectors, which Nikkei blame for the production delays, make up part of the TrueDepth front-facing camera system in the iPhone X. The 3D sensor system enables compelling features like Face ID authentication and Animoji, so sorting out the production issues will obviously be a priority for Apple.

Last week The Wall Street Journal reported that components referred to as Romeo and Juliet were causing a production snag.

The Romeo module has a dot projector which employs laser technology to beam the 30,000 infra-red dots over the face of a user in order to map the unique characteristics and features of the user's face.

iPhone X features the new A11 Bionic chip with a special neural engine that helps power Face ID which unlocks the device by taking a 3D scan of the users face. According to a new report, the suppliers are still facing issues with this component.

The Nikkei report remained confident that the iPhone X would enter mass production in mid October.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo also previously predicted mass production of the iPhone X will begin in mid or late October.

Reports indicate that the iPhone X could be delayed beyond its scheduled November 3 release date. Of course, it goes without saying that supply will likely be extremely limited at launch, with some analysts opining that many interested buyers may not get their hands on the iPhone X until 2018.

Apple sells millions of iPhones in the preorder period alone ... and analysts believe the same will be true for the hotly-anticipated iPhone X despite higher prices.

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