Facial Recognition May Lead To Shortages Of iPhone X
After years of giving us relatively minor upgrades, Apple has finally produced an iPhone that can truly be considered revolutionary. The iPhone X has plenty of standout features such as a great camera and an edge-to-edge display, but those features aren’t what makes the phone stand out from the crowd. It’s the facial recognition system. The technology will allow users to unlock their iPhones simply by looking at the screen. Unfortunately, this technology is causing problems for manufacturers who told Nikkei Asian Review that the technology may be responsible for shortages of Apple’s upcoming flagship.
Nikkei reports that Apple is encountering production problems with the phone’s TrueDepth camera which serves as the basis for the facial recognition feature. The problems reportedly have to do with the dot projectors which the iPhone X uses to create a map of the user’s face for unlocking the phone.
Jeff Pu, an analyst with Taipei-based Yuanta Investment Consulting, warned that this technology could be problematic from the start and said that he suspected they were the main factor holding back mass production. Despite this, Pu believes that the iPhone X will begin shipping from China near the end of October though he has adjusted his predicted number of iPhone Xs from 40 million units to 36 million units.
The iPhone X is set to go on sale early this November, but those who do not have preorders may have trouble getting their hands on one as this report shows. Apple’s push to use new technology has ensured that the company is, for now, one step ahead of its Android competitors, but it also means that it is relying on untested technology so manufacturing problems are sure to be common.
Preorders for the iPhone X begin on October 27 and the phone will officially ship on November 3, 2017. The phone will retail for $999
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