Apple Expected To Trial Production Of 2018 iPhone Lineup To Avoid 2017’s Supply Bottleneck

Apple said to begin trial production of a trio of new iPhone models in the second quarter of 2018 at the earliest, in order to avoid a repeat of issues caused last year by the initial low yield rates on production of 3D sensor modules for the iPhone X, according to Taiwanese website DigiTimes.

If the report is anything to go by, Apple is planning to begin trial production of its 2018 iPhones as soon as next quarter, seeking to avoid the previous production problems raised with TrueDepth cameras, though to have pushed the latest year’s iPhone X’s launch into November.

iPhone X2, iPhone X2 Plus, and iPhone SE 2 mockup by Curved.de

However, the report, citing supply chain sources, claims Apple’s intention in fast-tracking of the trial production will help push ahead the delivery schedules for the 2018 iPhones, meaning it should have a more plentiful supply available for pre-orders.

The sources cited add that sales of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and of course, the iPhone X have been “lower than expected,” but the fact, they believe the earlier production will definitely help Apple to “rekindle” its smartphone momentum. How far is unknown! Apple’s supply chain partners are said to be “generally more kind and optimistic” about order prospects this year.

Leading up to the iPhone X successor launch, multiple reports surfaced claiming Apple was having issues with ramping up production of the device. Where KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo pegged the TrueDepth Camera system as the primary reason for the iPhone X supply bottleneck, due to its complex 3D facial recognition technologies.

Later in the report, Kuo added that the yield issues began to stabilize by late October, when pre-order began string October 27, shipping estimates for the iPhone X quickly fell back to 5-6 weeks around the world. Afterward, the estimates gradually improved a lot over the following weeks, and the device X was fully in stock by mid-December 2017.

Looking forward, Apple is widely rumored to launch a so-called successor to iPhone X, the iPhone X2, iPhone X2 Plus, and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD model with Face ID, but with design tradeoffs like the said type and no wireless charging. And if today’s report proves accurate tomorrow, getting your hands on one of the new models should be easier this fall.

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