According to a tech executive who is "in the know" when it comes to the production of the Apple iPhone X, the complex 3D sensors used on Face ID are still causing a major problem in the manufacturing of the device. Trouble with Romeo modules are reportedly holding back mass production of the iPhone X.
"The dot projector makes up part of the transmitting module, dubbed 'Romeo, ' of iPhone X's new facial recognition function that allows users to unlock phones and make payments, according to the executive", reads the report. Consequently it might take longer before Apple can the iPhone X can be produced in mass quantities to meet demand. This could be to the advantage of the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone 8 since fans might give up on the iPhone X due to the delay and instead choose to buy the newest available iPhone.
A tech executive familiar with iPhone X production told Nikkei Asian Review on Thursday that manufacturers are still struggling to flawless 3-D sensors and in particular dot projectors in Apple premium handset's TrueDepth camera system, though the person could not pinpoint exactly the problem. The TrueDepth camera system is also needed for Portrait Mode and Portrait Lighting options when taking selfies with the front-facing camera.
Reports indicate that the iPhone X could be delayed beyond its scheduled November 3 release date.
The iPhone X, pronounced "iPhone Ten", features a 5.8-inch Super Retina OLED edge-to-edge display with 2436 x 1125 resolution and 458ppi, HDR support, Dolby Vision, HDR10, and True Tone.
The Romeo module has a dot projector which employs laser technology to beam the 30,000 infra-red dots over the face of a user in order to map the unique characteristics and features of the user's face.
Face ID is an important feature, since the iPhone X has no fingerprint scanner.