It is one of those unspoken traditions that Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak buys the new iPhone on the day one of launch. However, things may be a little different this time around. Wozniak says that he is going to give iPhone X a while this time.
“I’d rather wait and watch that one. I’m happy with my iPhone 8 — which is the same as the iPhone 7, which is the same as the iPhone 6, to me,” Wozniak said, speaking from the sidelines of the Money 20/20 conference. “For some reason, the iPhone X is going to be the first iPhone I didn’t — on day one — upgrade to. But my wife will, so I’ll be close enough to see it.”
And it’s not just Wozniak who is showing skepticism towards the phone that was supposed to spark a “super cycle” of sales. The phone, unveiled in September, features an edge-to-edge 5.8-inch display, with a smaller chassis than the iPhone 8 Plus, and features facial recognition. But like many other, Wozniak also said he was skeptical that the Face ID feature would work the way it is supposed to. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X buyers reportedly interested in the most expensive 256GB variant
Sharing the same disbelief, a new survey conducted by Bernstein (via Reuters), claims that demand for the iPhone X will be large, but not mind blowing. In a survey that included 1,112 current iPhone owners, 48 percent of respondents said that they were “excited for the iPhone X” but only 25 percent said they were planning on buying it. “The excitement surrounding the iPhone X appears to be magnitudes higher than actual purchase intent,” the survey results read.
Interestingly, in contrast to that, some analysts have also been drawing assumption that demand for the iPhone X will be through the roof. Reputed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo anticipates that the iPhone X may help Apple sell more iPhones in 2018 than ever before. ALSO READ: Apple sued by Japanese firm over ‘Animoji’ feature in iPhone X
However, having said that, Apple has also been reported to face some supply issues. Kuo had recently also predicted that only 2-3 million units of the iPhone X will be shipped for its first sale. He claims that Apple is facing supply shortages for more components of the iPhone X, which include circuit boards, antennae, and wide-angle camera sensors, in addition to the depth-sensing infrared dot projector. The iPhone X boasts a lot of firsts for Apple with a radical bezel-less and edge-to-edge display design. Similarly, many components are also “redesigned” leading to supply shortages. Kuo further highlights that Apple’s biggest obstacle in shipping the iPhone X will be the circuit board for the antenna system, which requires specific processes and tests to be done before production. RELATED: Apple might not meet iPhone X demands this year, Ming Chi Kuo predicts
For the November 3 launch, pre-orders for the iPhone X will begin on October 27. It was recently reported that Foxconn has started shipping the first batch of iPhone X units to UAE and Europe, which includes a total of 46,500 units of the iPhone X, which are comparatively low to previous year’s shipments. With many speculations suggesting shipping delays for the iPhone X, a widely accepted prediction is 40 million units of the iPhone X by 2017-end. Apple is expected to achieve a balance of supply and demand by early 2018. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone X top features: Edge-to-edge OLED display, Face ID and more
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