Apple’s Evolution or Nightmare: iPhone X Release Main Troubles

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Bottlenecks Apple faced with iPhone X

Still on the subject of the iPhone X release described in our previous article, now let’s consider the main points Apple faced with their innovative device. The security analysts from different IT companies describes Apple’s new smartphone weaknesses.

Ming-Chi Kuo informs that Apple plans to release about 25 - 30 million iPhone Xs for the fourth quarter. To date, there are only 2 - 3 million smartphones ready. But before coming in first in the iPhone X buyer race, find out how everything is going.

Bottleneck 1. Antenna module

Unlike the iPhone 8, the production of the iPhone X antenna is much more complicated from a technical point of view. Apple uses flexible printed circuit boards that require special equipment and materials.

The production of these cards is handled by two companies: Murata and Career Tech. Murata supplied more than 60% of the antenna modules and can not cope with the manufacturing volume. While Career has just started to increase production rates.

“Special materials, design, processes, equipments and tests are required for antenna FPCB, as the specifications for iPhone X antenna (supplied by Amphenol (US)) are higher than those of iPhone 8, and only Murata (JP) and Career Tech (6153 TT, NT$30.1, NR) can meet Apple's requirements. Murata (originally with a 60% order allocation or higher) won't be able to resolve its issues before 2Q18, and thus has been fully replaced by second supplier Career. We believe Career will ramp up in November, as capacity expansion takes time, and its processes are different from those of Murata.”

Bottleneck 2. Main Camera PCB

While other smartphones, Samsung and Huawei, use a combined electronic board in dual-camera smartphones, in the iPhone X, a separate module is provided for each sensor.

In production, the key supplier Interflex faced a low-quality circuit designed for a wide-angle sensor. It took a lot of time to troubleshoot the issue, but it was unclear whether the result was obtained.

Bottleneck 3. TrueDepth Sensor

Another "obstacle to progress" is the module TrueDepth - infrared dot projector, necessary for the operation of the face scanner, or the Romeo component.
The Romeo module has a dot matrix projector to create an accurate map of your face. Juliette module contains an infrared camera to analyze.

The development of the TrueDepth module led to poor facial recognition due to the incorrect operation of the IR sensor.  

Moreover, only one company is engaged in the production, and it is not yet able to meet the quantitative demands of Apple.

The first batch of smartphones could be very problematic on the hardware side. So, I personally refrain from buying the iPhone X in the first months of sales, and believe, that the situation will change for the better in the nearest future.

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