Apple iPhone X shortage due to TrueDepth camera supply issues: Report

The component maker for the Apple iPhone X's TrueDepth camera can only produce a few modules per day (by production standards), which slows down the assembly line.

Unlike every year, Apple may actually fall short of deliveries with its iPhones this year, thanks to the iPhone X. However, the cause of the delay is not that edge-to-edge OLED display, but the new TrueDepth camera.

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

A report by The Wall Street Journal tells us that the component maker can only produce so many modules per day, which slows down the assembly line.

As we already know, the TrueDepth camera is not a single module, but one that is made up of multiple components. According to the report, two components, that go by the name Romeo and Juliet work together to enable FaceID and are causing the slowdown, with the former being harder to manufacture than the latter.

These would be any two of the multiple components that go into the making of the TrueDepth camera so it is not clear whether it is the Infrared camera, the Flood Illuminator or the Dot Projector.

Apple iPhone X' TrueDepth sensor module

Apple iPhone X' TrueDepth sensor module

The WSJ's sources indicate that issue is severe as the component maker is only able to produce tens of thousands of units per day. While this may sound like a lot, it is very little when you consider the hefty expectations by analysts. Apple is expected to sell an equal amount of iPhone X models this year in comparison to both the iPhone 8 and the 8 Plus models combined.

What is clear is that it is not the OLED display that is holding Apple back. What is also clear, is that millions of customers who had pre-orded the iPhone X will have a long wait period until their shiny new iPhone gets shipped for delivery.


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