Apple runs into trouble again

Apple runs into trouble again


Raymond James analyst has warned that Apple is facing production hurdles which could lead to further delay in shipping of the iPhone X, which is currently scheduled to be available for preorder from October 27, and shipment planned for November 3. Apple has presented the phone more than a week ago but still have not wiped out the uncertainties about its actual arrival date.

“Interestingly, while the industry widely anticipated a shift in iPhone ramp timing, our checks suggest there was an incremental delay in the build plans – with orders firmed up as recently as last week – shifting production more into the December quarter. While our checks are ongoing, initial feedback from our meetings suggests that final production of iPhone X has not yet begun, with production expected to commence in mid-October. That production start is about a month later when compared to expectations a month ago, and about 2 months later than expectations at the end of June.”

Ultimately, it seems that finding an iPhone X in the weeks following the commercial launch and in time for winter festivals will be a much more difficult task than in the past years.

The iPhone X was one of the most anticipated smartphones of the year, especially because of the new technologies that Apple has implemented on the 10th-anniversary device.

One of which it presented FaceID, facial recognition feature that uses 3D sensors to recognize the user’s face, using it as a ‘password’ for shopping authentication, laptop unlocking, and so on.

Unfortunately FaceID is only present in the most expensive model of the new line of iPhones, which will possibly limit the access of the great technology; but according to Ming-Chi Kuo, a popular analyst at KGI Securities, in 2018 this will change.

Kuo, who was right in his prediction that Apple would remove the Touch ID on the iPhone X, believes that next year facial recognition will become standard on all models released by the apple.

In other words, the Touch ID will be killed, passing the band and the crown to FaceID.

This can open up a world of possibilities not only to boost the use of biometrics, but also to make the 3D facial recognition feature even more exploited by developers, and new augmented reality based apps and experiments such as animojis, become even more popular.

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