Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, the iPhone X, is said to be facing major production issues due to which it won’t be available anytime soon. According to a report by MacRumours, Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI securities has forecasted that Apple’s flagship iPhone X will be in short supply till 2018 due to various factors and Apple will miss its ‘super cycle’, which will be pushed back to 2018. The term super cycle denoting Apple users upgrading to the latest smartphone, which in this case is an iPhone X.
Kuo had previously stated that the complexity of iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system is delaying its production. He has reaffirmed this in his latest reports and has also stated two new factors which are likely to cause delay in the device’s production. The first reason being the launch of new models in 2018, which will enjoy a longer sales period and hence reap more profits than the versions unveiled this year. The other reason is that the newer version will be more competitive in terms of specs and design than the ones launched this year. He also estimates iPhone shipments for 2017 to be around 210-220 million units, which should grow by nearly 245-255 million units in 2018.
Kuo does say that the iPhone X production issues will be resolved by the end of 2017 and the shipments will “pick up strongly” by the first half of 2018. Thus, the smartphone will most likely be readily available starting next year in 2018. The iPhone X is slated to be launched on November 3 in India, however, going by this report, the date might be pushed further. Reliance Jio has already listed the smartphone on its website in anticipation of its launch.
The iPhone X is powered by Apple’s latest A11 Bionic processor and sports a 5.8-inch OLED edge-to-edge display, which the company calls Super Retina Display. It sports a 12MP dual camera setup at the back and a 12MP front facing camera as well. The device will be priced at Rs 89,000 for the 64GB variant and at Rs 1.2 lakh for the 256GB model.