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iPhone X shipments halved due to production issues

by Brandon Russell | October 25, 2017October 25, 2017 7:00 am PST

There have been multiple reports suggesting Apple has overcome production issues plaguing the iPhone X. Unfortunately, the company is currently so far behind schedule that it may only ship half the amount of units it planned to in 2017.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple may only ship around 20 million iPhone X units by the end of the year—it initially projected to ship double that. We knew supply would be limited at launch, but the situation could be more dire than we initially thought.

Nikkei’s report mostly lines up with other reports we’ve heard about limited iPhone X supply. And it all apparently has to do with the device’s complex TrueDepth camera, Nikkei said, a camera system exclusive to the new handset.

Apple has allegedly figured out how to overcome the issues that it encountered over the summer, with Nikkei suggesting everything should be smooth sailing over the next few months. The bad news is Apple isn’t going to ship as many devices as it planned, which isn’t just bad news for Apple, but customers, too.

With the iPhone X reportedly affecting iPhone 8 sales, the next few months will be very important for Apple. Preorders for the iPhone X are set to go live this Friday, with a launch set for November 3. If you do plan on waiting in line for the device, Apple has some sage advice: Arrive as early as possible.

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Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.

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