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iPhone X shipping estimates improving due to strong production

by Danny Zepeda | November 28, 2017November 28, 2017 7:00 am PST

Shipment estimates for the iPhone X have been improving steadily, now standing a healthy 1-2 weeks. It was hard to see this coming, with long estimates expected to bleed into December, but that has not been the case. Is this due to poor iPhone X sales? Not according to KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who says the reason for this is due to better than expected production.

In a new report acquired by MacRumors, trusted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed Apple has optimized iPhone X production completely, leading to much faster output of units. Foxconn is now producing between 450,000 to 550,000 units per day, a far cry from the reported 50,000 to 150,000 units that were being made per month earlier in the production cycle.

The two main culprits for the production delays were an LTE antenna band component issue and the much talked about issues with the complicated True Depth camera on the front. But Apple has now addressed the issues and production is running full steam ahead.

Kuo now believes iPhone X shipments could be about 10 to 20-percent higher than originally estimated. This means sales during the first quarter of 2018 will be flat or slightly lower with more units moving in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Regardless, Apple has now turned the corner with the iPhone X production issues, making it much easier to score the device as we get closer to Christmas.


Danny Zepeda

Born and raised in Southern California, Danny grew up on a steady diet Pixar, Star Wars and Steven Spielberg movies. Unbeknownst to him, this was...