After running into multiple problems building its next-gen iPhone X, Apple’s suppliers have reportedly achieved more stable yield rates for troublesome components.
As we noted yesterday, the first batch of iPhone X handsets has now been shipped out, and further shipments of the device are expected to “grow substantially” after October, according to sources in Apple’s supply chain.
The components whose yield rate has improved include the key 3D sensing modules, which have been singled out as a particular pain point for the new handset. Today’s report claims that, with component manufacturing improving, it is now expected that suppliers will be able to meet Apple’s demand ahead of the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Chip orders for the iPhone X are expected to grow through the fourth quarter of 2017, before slowing down slightly in the early part of next year. iPhone X supply will reportedly meet with demand (meaning no great challenges getting hold of the phone you want) by the first quarter of 2018.
Interestingly, today’s report suggests that there is still “uncertainty” when it comes to how much demand there will be for the new iPhone X. We’re taking that to mean that Apple isn’t sure of the upper ends of demand, since every report so far has suggested that the iPhone X is likely to be Apple’s most sought-after iPhone in years. A previous report by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested that iPhone X preorders could exceed 40 million, and may even hit 50 million.
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