iPhone X is slated to arrive on November 3, but Apple and its suppliers are still experiencing reported problems with mass production of sophisticated 3D facial scanning sensors for the handset’s TrueDepth camera, according to a report Tuesday by Japanese outlet Nikkei.

It’s not entirely clear if poor 3D sensor yield rates will have any material impact on launch supply although the publication cited two executives working for iPhone suppliers as saying that part makers are still struggling to reach a satisfactory yield rate for the component.

Yield, the number of good units produced versus the number of total units going into the manufacturing process, if poor, could easily damage Apple’s margins and bottom line and potentially hurt its ability to fulfill iPhone X preorders by the end of the year.

Both sources were unable to offer clarity on whether Apple could meet large orders after iPhone X’s launch. One of the sources said that iPhone X was being churned out in small quantities, around some tens of thousands daily.

Analyst Jeff Pu has identified 3D sensors as the only major issue left in iPhone X production.

Pu added that he expected mass production of iPhone X in the second week of October and that first shipments would begin to leave China for global distribution a week later. “Supply will still be tight after November 3,” he cautioned.

Foxconn has already produced about two million iPhone X units this month and is planning to boost production to ten million units the following month.

Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo estimated that demand for iPhone X pre-orders may surpass 40 million to 50 million units. “We think Apple’s (US) core fans and some iPhone 6 and 6s users are willing to pay a hefty price for this upgraded device,” he wrote in a recent not to clients.

Kuo, too, blames the production bottleneck on the phone’s new TrueDepth camera system, which has a “complex construction“ and will “therefore be harder to achieve mass production.”

At least we now know that Apple has been able to finally solve other manufacturing issues that have been plaguing its flagship handset for months now. The biggest question for Apple is, of course, just how many people are waiting for iPhone X, more so in the wake of a somewhat muted response to the iPhone 8 launch.

At any rate, it looks like iPhone X will be initially hard to find.

  • Boaz van Veen

    idownloadblog shoud make a article “how to pre-order as fast as possible” 😀

  • credulousgeek

    Apple is not a kid they will handle get ready for pre order altho thats ok its yiur job to update people but truth is truth!

    • I would normally be with you, but Apple has not handled this as expected because they’ve delayed preorders for the X.

      • credulousgeek

        but they will handle well the pressure is high you know.

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    Getting trouble making a shitty phone.

    • Nicely elaborated

      • greysave

        LOL

    • Kay Dhaliwal

      Bicthing about a product that you can’t afford just to make yourself feel better. I see…

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        I make 25,000,000 ₹ annually, so I don’t see how I can’t afford this shitty phone. Ever occurred to you that some people just refrain from buying shit they don’t want?

      • Kay Dhaliwal

        may be use some of that money to get your metal health cheked?
        You don’t need post your shitty comments on every damn post.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Even better would be to use this money for your grammar classes.

      • Kay Dhaliwal

        Insecure person of the day spotted.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Anything else kid?

      • Rowan09

        25,000,000 what currency is that rupees?

      • Julio Camacho

        i believe thats INR, which it stands for indian rupee

      • Rowan09

        So this doctor or business owner or spoiled brat is arguing about a phone when he makes roughly $380K a year? It’s people like him that makes the world a worst place if this is true.

      • Kay Dhaliwal

        He has probably never seen that amount money in his entire life. He is just a broke troll with no life

      • Julio Camacho

        Those are some crazy numbers my friend. I’m not saying they’re not possible, just that some people would find it hard to believe.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        And why exactly would I wanna make someone believe?

    • Siri Tim Cook Holness

      I think ur confused with shitty iPhone 8

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        What is iPhone 8? I think ur confused with iPhone 7s.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    Now it makes sense why they spent so much time on the 8 and 8 plus at the keynote.

    • Jon20

      That’s why I keep saying that the iPhone X is a 2018 phone, not a 2017 phone. I feel the iPhone 8/+ is the Carrier Retail phone for them to cater to the people who come in and instead of offering a Samsung phone, they offer them the 8 series. For the serious Apple upgrader, the iPhone X will cater to them.

  • Abhinav Chaudhary

    Half baked product whose FaceID failed on it’s very first day.

    • Rowan09

      When did it fail?

      • Firedomain

        During the sep 12 reveal. Supposably failed to work due to staff cleaning the phone prior to the presentation, just like Touch ID disables after too many failed attempts. So it’s hard to really call that a fail!

      • Rowan09

        Exactly because that’s not a fail that’s what it’s suppose to do. People will believe what they want to, every review and every other time during the event it was fine. Just a hater that’s all.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        The demo faild you idiot.

      • Rowan09

        Show us when? You can’t be this much of a troll. It clearly showed when he raised the phone you must put in password first and that means either the phone was turned off or someone put in the wrong passcode multiple times. Stop with your nonsense because no where on the web would anyone agree that it doesn’t work. It worked ever time after as you saw and even in reviews it worked. Please tell me the marvelous phone you own?

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        Just exactly how much of an idiot are you? He picked his phone and the phone did not unlock = demo failed. I can’t break this down into more simple words, your brainless head just have to do with this.

      • Rowan09

        For a 2 year old that makes sense, but for those of us that can read it’s not a fail. Why did it magically start workin after he touched the screen? Please explain? If I turn my phone off and when I put my finger on the fingerprint scanner and it says put in passcode to activate that’s a fail huh? What phone do you own mister $380K man?

    • Kay Dhaliwal

      First of all that was not a fail. Second, Its probably never gonna with that Shitty ass face you got.

      • Abhinav Chaudhary

        I love watching lil bitchies like you rage.

      • Kay Dhaliwal

        English so on point “Bitchies”
        “I make 25,000,000 per year” my ass.