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Apr 12, 2001

The Wall Street Journal reports that iPhone X production issues were due to a supply imbalance of components dubbed Romeo and Juliet.


The report, citing people familiar with the situation, claims it has taken more time to assemble the Romeo module than the Juliet module, both part of the iPhone X's new TrueDepth facial recognition system for Face ID.

The so-called Romeo module reportedly includes the dot projector that beams more than 30,000 invisible dots to create a precise depth map of your face, while the Juliet module includes the infrared camera that analyzes the pattern.

Earlier this week, both KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and sources speaking with Nikkei Asian Review said the TrueDepth system has indeed been a significant bottleneck for Apple suppliers manufacturing the iPhone X.

One of The Wall Street Journal's sources said the assembly process is now moving smoothly, but the production issues add to concerns about extended shortages when iPhone X sales begin in early November.

iPhone X pre-orders begin October 27, and the device officially launches November 3.

Article Link: WSJ Says iPhone X's Production Issues Due to Fewer 'Romeo' Than 'Juliet' Modules
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macrumors 604
Apr 10, 2008
Romeo, Juliet, Alpha, Charlie, Tango... whatever just make sure its all put together so I can get one on the 3rd, thanks!
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 14, 2015
Whatever. TouchID will be back next year..

Just like the headphone jack, right? Because Apple’s not stubborn and it totally makes sense for them to backtrack on device features like that...

Honestly, if FaceID works as promised, why would you even need TouchID? There’s no added benefit unless FaceID is a total failure, and even if it is (which I wouldn’t bet on), Apple would probably throw money at fixing its issues rather than roll back their devices to what they are already treating as an inferior solution.


macrumors 65816
May 14, 2014
Touch ID under the screen in Xphone 2018.

3D FaceUnlock on regular phone 2018 (whatever they end up calling it).

Then, Touch ID will always be on the most expensive phone they sell.
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Jan 26, 2017
Touch ID under the screen in Xphone 2018.

3D FaceUnlock on regular phone 2018 (whatever they end up calling it).

Then, Touch ID will always be on the most expensive phone they sell.
So they're gonna take Touch ID from their cheapest model (SE) and make it a premium feature?
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macrumors 68020
Jan 16, 2002
Denver, CO
While I'm in the camp that was pumped about an under-the-glass TouchID implementation, it seems odd they would put all the effort into FacialID to then drop it a device cycle later.

Plus - no one has used it yet. So we just don't know how well we'll like it or not. How seamless it may/may not be. Could wind up being one of those "I can't believe we had to touch our devices to unlock them" evolutions. Time will tell.

That said, any justification in offering both TouchID and FacialID on future devices? Is that overkill or spinnable into an "even more secure device?"

With Apple's long-held interest in not touching their touch screens, I would be surprised if they end up going back to TouchID. Who knows: maybe this TrueDepth camera system is paving the way for bringing their gestures concept to the masses. Crazier things have happened.
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