iPhone X pre-orders could hit 50 million, but Apple might struggle with the demand

Apple could be onto a blockbuster success with its iPhone X as pre-orders of the new flagship phone out of Cupertino could hit 50 million.

That’s according to the predictions of Apple guru and KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who reckons that the new design and Face ID feature of the iPhone X makes it a major iPhone for Apple fans, potentially causing a so-called ‘super cycle’ of record-breaking purchases and pre-orders of the top-of-the-line iPhone.

But Kuo, according to a research note seen by MacRumours, noted that front facing 3D sensing tech found in the notch in the iPhone X’s display and the TrueDepth camera system is complex to build at large volumes, which could see Apple struggle to meet the demand the iPhone X is predicted to garner.

“The 3D sensing (TrueDepth camera) on iPhone X is composed of a structured-light system, time-of-flight system and a front-facing camera, which represents a far more complex structure than those of rivals. It will therefore be harder to achieve mass production,” wrote Kuo.

This could mean Apple will need to seriously ramp up its manufacturing pipeline to avoid disappointing iPhone X would-be buyers when the handset is released in November. Pre-orders for the iPhone X go live on October 27, so time will tell if the cool-off period between the announcement of the iPhone X and its availability will see people either opt for flagship Android phones or buy the iPhone 8 instead.

Speaking of the iPhone 8, sales of the handset have not been stellar so far, which suggests that Apple fans are either tired of the rather long-in-the-tooth iPhone design or are simply holding out to splash the cash on the £999 iPhone X.

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