Apple seems to be having troubles assembling and manufacturing its latest flagship.
The latest Wall Street Journal report actually confirms information first reported by the Nikkei Asian Review and adds more detail about what, exactly, has gone wrong. Apparently, two essential components of the iPhone X’s face-scanner, named Romeo and Juliet, are the main problem.
The WSJ report doesn’t describe any further details about these modules but claims that Romeo is consuming more time to assemble than Juliet, which is creating troubles in its supply. In fact, the device is taking more time than expected.
We have come across such rumours in the past. Ten days earlier, KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said Apple likely won’t be able to meet the demand for the iPhone X until early 2018. And a week ago, Raymond James analyst Christopher Caso, said the production of the device possibly hasn’t even begun yet.
But it is a bit of a surprise to hear that the 3D scanner, the one for face recognition, is the reason behind the delays. Rumours prior to the launch indicated towards Apple experimenting with multiple variants of the iPhone, including one with an under-the-display fingerprint scanner. According to that narrative, this didn’t go very well, prompting a last minute switch to the face-scanning system instead. If this new information is correct, that switch didn’t work out very well for Apple.
Of course, these reports aren’t official yet and comes from unknown sources. The flagship iPhone X is still scheduled to become available for pre-order on Oct. 27, and it should hit the market on Nov. 3. But if these reports are accurate, few people will actually get their phone on that date, and shipping delays might continue well into 2018.