Apple opens iPhone X pre-orders despite production woes, quality concerns

Apple has officially opened its forthcoming iPhone X to pre-order, despite slow production yields and concerns over the handset’s Face ID system.

Apple first announced the iPhone X in September this year, wherein the company billed the handset as an anniversary take on the original model it debuted ten years ago. Now the company has officially opened pre-orders for the device, despite concerns over low production yields and the accuracy of its Face ID authentication system.
The iPhone X is expected to be available in low volumes thanks to poor production yields; it has previously been reported that only 20% of all produced Face ID sensors meet expectations – a debacle that has stymied Apple’s plans to bring the product to market.
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Bloomberg recently reported that Apple had, in fact, lowered its expectations of the sensor in a bid to improve production yields, though the Cupertino company has refuted this claim emphatically.
The handset is priced at $999 USD for a 64GB model, while 128GB versions will fetch the hefty price tag of $1,149 USD.
Users around the world can pre-order the handset from Apple’s online store – the official list of first wave launch destinations include Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, the UK, the US and the US Virgin Islands.
Customers who pre-order their iPhone X can expect to begin receiving their devices from Friday the 3rd of November.
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