Analyst: iPhone X production could be limited to 30 million units this year

In a note to clients — as noted by AppleInsider — KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has reduced his forecast for iPhone X units this year to 30 million to 35 million units.

It’s certainly not a lack of demand. The analyst says its due to limited production issues for the smartphone’s TrueDepth Camera, which enables Face ID.

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"As issues with the production of TrueDepth Camera can potentially be overcome in a few months, we have full confidence in iPhone's growth prospects in the high-end smartphone market in 2018-19," Kuo wrote.

FaceID uses a TrueDepth camera system made up of a dot projector, infrared camera and flood illuminator, and is powered by A11 Bionic to accurately map and recognize a face. These advanced depth-sensing technologies work together to securely unlock iPhone, enable Apple Pay, gain access to secure apps and more new features. The TrueDepth camera for the iPhone X works by using a projector to cast 30,000 dots on your face, which it then reads with an infrared camera.

Ordering for the iPhone X will start on Oct. 27, and they’ll be shipping Nov. 3 (though quantities are expected to be very, very limited). The iPhone X will come in 64GB and 256GB models for $999 and $1,149, respectively.