Apple iPhone 2018 models to come on time as TrueDepth camera production issues stabilize

Apple fans this year are seeing a delayed arrival of the iPhone X smartphone in the markets. The device was introduced back in September and a few days ago went on pre-orders. This delay, however, might not be with the 2018 iPhone models.

Based on the research note released by KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, and obtained by Mac Rumours, the Cupertino-based tech firm won’t be repeating the mistake again.

This year, the delay was said to be due to the TrueDepth front-facing camera technology, on which is the highlight feature of the smartphone, the FaceIDunlock is based. But now the production for the particular component is stabilising so there might not be a delay next year.
Kuo also says that the production issue won’t take place next year because there may not be an upgrade to it.

“Apple won’t repeat the mistake of supply disruption & delayed production as seen with iPhone X. We believe shipments of new 2H18F iPhones will arrive on time under stable supply in late 3Q18F. And given no major spec upgrade of TrueDepth camera on these new models, we believe Apple will continue to use the same WLO for dot projector and 4P lens of infrared camera as iPhone X. We believe the supply of both components are now stable, leaving no need to switch to other solutions,” says Kuo in the note.

There have been some previous reports from Kuo stating that Apple may include FaceID in all the 2018 iPhone models. It, however, depends on whether the feature gets a good traction with users this year or not.

Kuo has previously said that FaceID is likely to keep iPhone on top of its game as Android OEMs could take time to match the technology.

“We predict all new 2H18F iPhone models will likely abandon fingerprint recognition. We believe this change will allow all new models to realize a competitive advantage via differentiation, on the back of an integrated user experience of full-screen design and TrueDepth Camera/ Facial recognition/ Face ID/ AR applications,” said Kuo in the research note.

APPLE IPHONE X SPECIFICATIONS

SUMMARY

performance

Hexa Core

display

5.8″ (14.73 cm)

storage

64 GB

camera

12 MP

battery

2716 mAh

ram

3 GB

SPECIAL FEATURES

other sensors

Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Compass, Gyroscope

fingerprint sensor

No

GENERAL

quick charging

Yes

operating system

iOS v11

sim slots

Single SIM, GSM

model

iPhone X

launch date

November 3, 2017 (Expected)

brand

Apple

sim size

SIM1: Nano

network

4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available

fingerprint sensor

No

MULTIMEDIA

loudspeaker

Yes

fm radio

No

PERFORMANCE

chipset

Apple A11 Bionic

processor

Hexa Core (2.37 GHz, Dual core, Monsoon + 2.37 GHz, Quad core, Mistral)

coprocessor

M11

architecture

64 bit

ram

3 GB

DESIGN

build material

Case: AluminiumBack: Mineral Glass

thickness

7.7 mm

width

70.9 mm

weight

174 grams

waterproof

Yes Water resistant, IP67

ruggedness

Dust proof

height

143.6 mm

colours

Silver, Space Grey

DISPLAY

display type

OLED

screen to body ratio

80.93 %

pixel density

463 ppi

screen protection

Yes

screen size

5.8 inches (14.73 cm)

screen resolution

1125 x 2436 pixels

touch screen

Yes 3D Touch Touchscreen, Multi-touch

STORAGE

internal memory

64 GB

expandable memory

No

CAMERA

settings

Exposure compensation, ISO control

aperture

F2.2

camera features

10 x Digital Zoom, Optical Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus

image resolution

4000 x 3000 Pixels

sensor

BSI Sensor

video recording features

Optical Image stabilization

autofocus

Yes

shooting modes

Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Burst mode

resolution

7 MP Front Camera

optical image stabilisation

Yes Dual optical image stabilization

flash

Yes Retina Flash

video recording

1920×1080 @ 30 fps

BATTERY

user replaceable

No

quick charging

Yes Fast

wireless charging

Yes

type

Li-ion

capacity

2716 mAh

NETWORK CONNECTIVITY

wifi

Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, a/ac/b/g/n/n 5GHz, MIMO

wifi features

Mobile Hotspot

bluetooth

Yes v5.0

volte

Yes

usb connectivity

USB 2.0

nfc

Yes

network support

4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G

gps

Yes with A-GPS, Glonass

sim 1

4G Bands:TD-LTE 2600(band 38) / 2300(band 40) / 2500(band 41) / 1900(band 39) FD-LTE 2100(band 1) / 1800(band 3) / 2600(band 7) / 900(band 8) / 700(band 28) / 1900(band 2) / 1700(band 4) / 850(band 5) / 700(band 13) / 700(band 17) / 850(band 18) / 850(band 19) / 800(band 20) / 1900(band 25) / 850(band 26) / 700(band 29) / 2300(band 30)3G Bands: UMTS 1700 / 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

sim size

SIM1: Nano

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