Iphone X units have shipped from China, demand expected to increase

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The much-awaited iPhone X–Apple’s 10th anniversary phone—will soon be released to some countries from Zhengzhou and Shanghai.

According to reports, the Taiwanese Apple manufacturer Foxconn started with the iPhone shipments last month, taking pre-sale orders on October 27.

A reported 46,500 units have already been shipped out from China to the Netherlands and the United Arab Emirates.

A Commercial Times report, however, said that the first batch of these shipments were lower than the previous models, making the iPhone X one of Apple’s most hard to find phones these days.

A report by Digitimes said that Foxconn’s production of iPhones last year produced around 100,000 units a week. This year, the company needed to increase production to 400,000 units per week—and even with this number, it reportedly still won’t be able to meet demand.

An NYPost report quoted a head tech at GBH Insights as saying that the iPhone will likely going to reach 50 million units.

An analyst at KGI Securities in Taipei predicted that the shipments of the iPhone X units could reach 30-35 million before this year ends.

The official launch of the iPhone X is on November 3. A statement issued by Apple states that they are working hard to meet customers’ demands.

An Apple spokesperson told Reuters: “We can see from the initial response, customer demand is off the charts…We’re working hard to get this revolutionary new product into the hands of every customer who wants one, as quickly as possible.”

One of the main issues delaying production is the TrueDepth camera feature, a complex facial recognition system. This is reportedly one of the things that make mass production extremely challenging for the company.

“TrueDepth camera may be main production bottleneck of iPhone X ramp,” Macrumors quoted KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo as saying. “The 3D sensing (TrueDepth camera) on iPhone X is composed of a structured-light system, time-of-flight system and a front-facing camera, which represents a far more complex structure than those of rivals. It will therefore be harder to achieve mass production.”

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