Earlier this week, it was reported the True Depth system in the iPhone X was responsible for slowed production. Now, a new report from The Wall Street Journal is revealing more details about the issue, saying the main reason for the slowdown is in producing the “Romeo” and “Juliet” modules.
Apple’s production of the FaceID system has yielded more Juliet modules than Romeo modules, but both are needed to make the entire system work. Romeo is a codename for the dot projector that projects 30,000 invisible dots onto a user’s face, and Juliet is the infrared camera that scans the dots.
By now it has been very well chronicled the iPhone X will be extremely limited. Apple will reportedly have 12 million units available for launch weekend, but that likely won’t be enough to curb the extremely high demand.
The limited availability is expected to continue into 2018.