Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that once Apple resolves the production issues related to the TrueDepth facial recognition system, shipments will rise sharply in the first half of 2018.
“We estimate that for 2017, iPhone shipments will come in at 210-220 million units, which should grow to be 245-255 million units in 2018,” said Kuo.
Kuo predicted that the production issues will only be “significantly addressed” in 2018.
He said new iPhones launched next year will enjoy a longer sales period than those unveiled this year and will keep many of the iPhone X’s features.
“The product mix, specifications, and designs of new iPhone models from 2018 will be more competitive.”