A new report out of Bloomberg has surfaced which claims to shed some light on the current situation surrounding iPhone X production. According to the report, Apple’s been facing serious production issues with the Face ID sensor array at the top of the X, specifically the dot projector which emits 30,000 infrared beams onto a user’s face. Since the issues hadn’t been resolved just yet, at some point in “early fall,” Apple told manufacturers to reduce the accuracy of the sensor. It’s unclear if the 1,000,000:1 statistic Apple shared when debuting Face ID is still in place or if it was reduced, but either way, it’s still more accurate than Touch ID’s 50,000:1 stat.
Regardless, the fact that Apple had to reduce the quality of a certain part to speed up manufacturing gives us an idea of just how complex the iPhone X is. Not only is it Apple’s first phone with an edge-to-edge OLED screen, but it’s also the first to ship with Face ID. Problems were expected for quite some time to arise during manufacturing, but I’m not sure how many people would’ve thought of this consequence. Thanks to these issues, Apple’s expected to have around two to three million units of the iPhone X available for purchase on launch day. That’s pretty tight, especially for those who’ve been holding out on getting one over an iPhone 8.
Meanwhile, Apple’s currently preparing for the introduction of the iPhone X on the market. The company said yesterday for folks to arrive early at their local retail stores on launch day in order to get a unit, while the company’s website has received a new home page showing off various new features of the device. Additionally, we’re compiling a hub where all discounts and deals on the X live.
Update: According to a statement given to Business Insider, Apple did not reduce the accuracy of the iPhone X’s Face ID system. While the company doesn’t touch on whether they’re having problems with producing the phone, the company says Bloomberg‘s report is “completely false.”
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