Manufacturing problems mean final iPhone X production hasn’t started yet


iPhone X
Building the iPhone X hasn't been without its challenges.
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The iPhone X may be Apple’s most exciting iPhone refresh in years, but it’s causing the company no end of production issues. According to a new report, the iPhone X has run into more late stage manufacturing problems, causing an additional “incremental” delay for shipping.

The result? Final production on the handset hasn’t even started yet.

Raymond James chip analyst Christopher Caso writes that:

“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.”

iPhone X production problems are nothing new. Right from the start, there has been talk of issues affecting the yield rate of the various components Apple is using for the handset. One major issue appears to have been with challenges faced by Samsung Display in manufacturing the OLED display for the new device.

As a result of this, it is likely that supply of the iPhone X will be severely constrained around launch time, and is unlikely to balance with demand until well into 2018. While that does mean that Apple will likely experience great than expected sales next year, it also means that fans may not be able to snap up their desired handset quite as soon as they might like.

The iPhone X pre-orders will begin on October 27, with shipping (at least right now) set for November 3.

Which iPhone model, if any, are you hoping to buy? Leave your comments below.

Source: Barrons


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