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A new report from respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said Android devices are now two and a half years behind Apple thanks to the iPhone X’s new TrueDepth Camera.
Apple is known for often lagging behind with some new features through a desire to perfect the technology before adding it to its devices. For example, wireless charging has existed on Android devices for a number of years. However, the new camera, which enables Apple’s new device’s facial recognition technology, as well as face tracking and more, has put Apple ahead technologically.
Kuo has “full confidence” Apple’s growth will be solid through the next 24 months, even with iPhone X supply chain constraints.
As a result of that, KGI has reduced the iPhone X’s shipping estimates down from 40m to 30-35m. However, in the longer term, Apple’s inclusion of the TrueDepth camera on future devices keeps the firm’s outlook highly positive.
The prediction is in-spite of Apple’s supply chain struggles where some reports have detailed a very small yield of viable camera systems on new devices produced on the assembly line. However, Kuo notes that competitors like Samsung and Google will have to overcome these problems too, giving Apple a headstart.