As with all new tech, bugs will exist. This spans from development to production, and even when the phone is in the user’s hand. Constant updates, re-works, and fixes are the norm in our tech-savvy culture and Apple is no stranger to the problems that can plague a new device.
Production troubles have already been reported this past summer and pushed the release date of the “revolutionary” iPhone X to November 3rd. Now additional discoveries as to the components for the facial recognition seem to have slowed production even more.
The two components needed for the revolutionary facial recognition (cough, NSA spy tool, cough) are not getting produced at the same speed. It doesn’t inspire a whole lot of confidence either that the two components are named Romeo and Juliet. Does everyone remember how that tale ended? Maybe not the best idea to name two components that have to work together after Shakespeare’s famous tale of love and suicide. We get that the components ought to have a recognizable and justifiable working relationship name. We just don’t understand why it couldn’t be Peanut Butter and Jelly modules, or Turner and Hooch modules, or Batman and Robin.
So, What’s the Problem with the iPhone X?
The Romeo component is taking much longer to produce than the Juliet component, which creates a production bottleneck. There are already fears of shortages and unavailability of the newest flagship phone from Apple. Don’t let anxiety get the best of you regarding shortages of this new (and potential privacy killing) Apple product, though. Eventually, the kinks will get worked out and surely there will more on the market than bic pens in the 1980s.
Long lines and crazy crowds are always the sign of a new iPhone release, whether it’s actually innovative or not (you know like Samsung is actually innovative, ouch sick burn). There shouldn’t be too much different if you’ve got to be the first person with the new iPhone than all the other times you’ve braved the crowds. Good luck and may the odds be forever in your favor.