Apple is reportedly facing renewed supply problems with the iPhone X. Production of the facial recognition hardware has apparently slipped behind schedule, leading the company to delay shipments to some markets.
Behind the new Apple Face ID system are a pair of components being called Romeo and Juliet. Romeo is the laser projector that maps the user’s face, while Juliet is the infrared camera that reads the map. LG Innotek and Sharp, which are building Romeo, have reportedly had some trouble building the projector; leaving a shortage of parts for production.
While there are some issues arising from the production, at least one source has told the New York Times that everything is going according to plan. If anything, it could simply mean that the manufacturers have managed to overcome any difficulties that they encountered.
The facial recognition system is not the first problem encountered in manufacturing the iPhone X. Apple had also run into low production yields for the new OLED display used in its latest and greatest phone.
The iPhone X is this year’s main draw for Apple. It’s set to begin rolling out on 3 November; long after the iPhone 8 hit the streets. Apple has never released two iPhones this close together, and it may be proving to the detriment of the lower powered iPhone 8.