The Wall Street Journal, which cited a source that says it’s familiar with the situation, claims that it is taking longer than expected to collect the Romeo module than the Juliet model.
Expanding further, the Romeo module is reportedly the codename for the component that powers Apple’s TrueDepth facial recognition dot projection technology, which beams more than 30,000 invisible dots to map the user’s face. The Juliet module feature an infrared camera which analyzes the facial pattern, though both pieces of hardware are required for Apple’s TrueDepth technology to function.
The iPhone X’s assembly process is reportedly moving “smoothly,” but the issues stemming from hardware shortages brings to question Apple’s ability to ship enough units for launch.
iPhone X pre-orders start October 27th and the device goes on sale November 3rd at Apple retail stores and participating retailers for $1,319 outright.
Source: Wall Street Journal