The iPhone 8 didn’t have the typical lines of ravenous tech consumers that Apple is accustomed to. However, when the iPhone X debuts on Friday, Nov. 3, you should expect lines because there is expected to be shortages of the revolutionary new iPhone X. A new report states that Apple has been plagued by production issues and will only be able to ship half of the iPhone X units that they had planned on delivering.
On Tuesday, the Nikkei Asian Review reported that there was “slowed output” of the highly coveted iPhone X because of “problematic parts related to face recognition.” Apple initially set out to have 40 million iPhone X units for the launch of their brand new flagship handset, but the new report states that there will only be half that amount. Apple will reportedly only ship 20 million units by the end of this year. For reference, Apple sold 13 million iPhone 6S and 6S Plus handsets in the first weekend it was available. The iPhone X allegedly also had production issues earlier this year stemming from bonding process for the OLED panels, but the hiccup was mostly resolved around July. Apple is said to be manufacturing 10 million iPhone X units per month.
The apparent shortage is expected to bring back huge lines of iPhone fanatics clamoring to get their hands on the new phone that features an exciting design. Many of the Apple fans skipped the iPhone 8 to purchase the more aesthetically pleasing iPhone X.
The cost of the iPhone X have not been revealed as of yet, but the ultra-premium device is expected to have a price tag of around $1,000. The iPhone X boasts a near bezel-less OLED display, improved camera with dual-optical image stabilization, and Face ID. Preorders for the iPhone X will be available on Apple’s website at 12:01 AM PT this Friday, October 27, and the actual release date is Nov. 3.