YOU'RE going to need a whole lot of luck if you want to get your hands on an iPhone X when it comes out on Nov. 3.
Apple's top tier smartphone will only have 2-to-3 million handsets available worldwide when it hits store shelves next month, one Wall Street analyst forecast on Friday.
The iPhone X, which Apple has dubbed "the future of the smartphone," has been dogged by rumours about production delays and issues for months, but the research report from the analyst was the first time someone has put into numbers just how dire the shortage will be upon launch.
While 3 million may sound like a lot of iPhones, it looks much smaller when you consider that Apple moved 13 million iPhone 6S units the first weekend that handset was available on the market.
And to make matters worse, these units are tipped to head to the US and European markets ahead of Australia, meaning the iPhone X might not hit our local market in early 2018.
If demand is the same for the iPhone X, 3 of every 4 shoppers for the latest Apple smartphone may go home empty-handed.
The production delays of the iPhone X stem mostly from the flexible printed circuit board for the gadget's antenna system, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose report pinpointed the possible shortfall.
Apple has reportedly had to switch suppliers after the components from their original supplier were not up to snuff.
The silver lining, however, is that Kuo predicts production will ramp up greatly over the next month, and Apple will eventually be able to meet demand after a couple of months.
It is believed that anticipation for the iPhone X's release has shot the iPhone 8's sales in the foot, as the new handset is reportedly being outsold by last year's iPhone 7 model.
If you aren't able to snag a pre-order, you may need to buy a tent and take off work, since camping out in front of your nearest Apple Store will be your only hope.
WHAT IS THE IPHONE X?
The iPhone X will have an edge-to-edge screen that will be unlocked via game-changing face-recognition sensors.
Apple has made the device with glass on the front and back, and a surgical-grade stainless steel band around the sides. It is water and dust resistant and will come in space grey and silver.
The X has a new Super Retina Display with the highest-pixel density ever seen on an iPhone, although the home button has been removed.
Because there is no home button and TouchID, the iPhone X has facial recognition to unlock the device. This tech will be hidden next to the front-facing camera.
The 5.8-inch display will offer 2436-by-1125 resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) in both Dolby Vision and HDR 10, and OLED technology, which means each pixel creates light itself so there is no need for backlighting.
In terms of camera, the iPhone X has 12-megapixel cameras with larger and faster sensors, a new colour filter and deeper pixels.
It also includes dual optical image stabilisation for better lowlight zoom, quad-LED TrueTone flash and has been tuned for augmented reality (AR) applications.
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