Apple won’t be able to match iPhone X demand this year, analyst predicts

Pre-orders are open for the iPhone 8 and in some markets shipping delays are already to be expected. Well, if the plain iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are so sought after, it would come as no surprise if Apple ends up unable to meet demand for the iPhone X later this year, as Ming-Chi Kuo predicts.

A common source of intel on all things Apple, the analyst from KGI Securities expects that 40 million iPhone X units to be sold by the end of the year, but that would still leave some folks wanting a bezelless iPhone without one. That, however, would simply translate into sales next year, for a total of 90 million projected unit sales. The first half of 2018 is when Apple will catch up with demand, the analyst writes in a note to investors.

It’s that round-cornered notched OLED display that’s holding down production according to Kuo, and the front-facing 3D-scanning camera setup isn’t helping either.

The iPhone X will go on pre-order on October 27 with sales starting on November 3.