One of the key features of the upcoming iPhone X (apart from its OLED screen and bezel-less display) is Face ID. This will be a new security feature of the iPhone that will replace Touch ID. However it given that it is a new hardware feature, unsurprisingly there have been reports that suggested that the complexity is what led the iPhone X to launching at a later date.
It is also one of the alleged reasons why the iPhone X is said to be in short supply at launch, but apparently things are already improving. According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, he claims in his latest investor note that production of the components needed for Face ID are now “stable” and that any struggles Apple and their suppliers had previously experience will not repeat itself for future iPhone X production as well as 2018’s models.
Kuo writes, “We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions.” What this (hopefully) means is that the iPhone X’s production can now proceed smoothly and that Apple will be able to better manage their supply, which could lead to shorter waiting times.
Right now the estimated waiting times for the iPhone X is around 5-6 weeks, although one analyst has suggested that Apple is merely playing conservative and that customers could potentially receive their orders earlier than expected, which is what some iPhone X customers have been seeing.