The iPhone X will face supply issues at the start. So you may have to wait until 2018 to get your hands on it.
According to a report from the tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will not be able to fully meet the customer demand of the iPhone X. According to the projection, iPhone X shipments for fall 2017 would be around 40 million units and the shipments for the year 2018 would rise to 90 million units. Here’s what Kuo had to say.
“We believe the fullscreen design and facial recognition features will drive replacement demand for the iPhone X. However, due to supply constraints, we expect market demand won’t be fully met before 1H18. We revise down our forecast for 2017F iPhone X shipments from 45-50 million to around 40 million units, but we, therefore, revise up our 2018 iPhone X shipment estimate to 80-90 million units.”
Apple’s current production rate is 10,000 units a day which is not enough to withstand the high demand of the world’s most expensive phone. However, the production rate will increase with time as the phone is only available in 2 colors, Space Gray and Silver. If Apple decided to make the phone available in even one more color, it will slow down the production.
The report also says that Apple would not start the pre-orders of iPhone 8 for six more weeks to prevent the cannibalization of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales.
iPhone X pre-orders are starting from October 27th. If you are eager to put your hands on the new iPhone at the earliest, you’ll have to pre-order the phone on the first day. Otherwise, you may have to wait until 2018 to get one.