Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone X has hit a few snags this year in production. The Cupertino giant will only be shipping around 20 million units by the end of 2017 citing struggles in getting components for the device as well as reported technical issues with regard to its Face ID technology. However, things will start to look up for the company next year.As per an investor note from reliable Apple insider Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities and seen by 9to5Mac, shipments of the iPhone X is expected to arrive on time and in stable supply during Q3 2018. He adds that there will be “no major spec upgrade” of the TrueDepth camera that powers the device’s FaceD facial recognition technology with Apple using the same dot projector and infrared camera. This is also in response to past reports that Apple was lowering the accuracy of Face ID to speed up production. Apple has already refuted the claim, saying that the quality and accuracy of Face ID have not changed.Kuo added in his note that stable supply of the components means Apple will not have to switch to other solutions. This comes following reports that Apple was planning to go with glass and plastic hybrid lens for iPhones in 2018. Kuo’s note is in line with past analysts like Gartner, who expect production of iPhone X to come back to normal in 2018.Face ID is Apple’s new biometric technology that will look to replace Touch ID going forward. The iPhone X is the only device as of now to feature Face ID as the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sport Touch IDs like their predecessors. However, Kuo has stated in the past that Face ID will be seen on all 2018 iPhone models which means Touch ID will slowly start to phase out. With production likely to stabalise and components becoming easier to procure next year, Apple may start expanding Face ID to the rest of its lineup starting with the 2018 iPad Pro lineup.advertisementAlso Read: iPhone X screen repair in India could cost you a bombKuo’s latest note also fuels past rumours that Apple could come out with cheaper iPhone X-like models, codenamed “Lisbon” and “Hangzhou”. When Apple announced the iPhone X, it stated that the phone will shape the next decade for the company. This means that iPhone models in 2018 and ahead will sport iPhone X-like features such as an edge-to-edge design and Face ID at a lower price point. However, Apple created a new norm by pricing the iPhone X at $999, and based on initial pre-orders, it looks like fans don’t mind the super premium pricing, which means Apple could continue the trend in the future as well.
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