One of the biggest draws with the new iPhone X, apart from the all-screen display of course is the new Face ID feature. Unfortunately, the same is also proving to be the biggest production blocks that is hampering series production significantly, so much that Apple might end up selling just 20 million units of the handset before the end of the year.

As reported by Nikkei Asian Review, the significant drop in the estimated sales figure has to do with wide ranging technical issues related to the components that contributes to the working of the Face ID tech. As it is, there were also a few issues with the OLED bonding phase that too had held up production. However, while the same was sorted out in July itself, those related to the Face ID components has likely proved to be a bigger headache for Apple.

The above figure of 20 million units will also be paltry going by Apple standards and the millions of iPhone devices that gets sold typically during the period when it is launched during fall and during the ensuing holiday season. A sales figure of 20 million will also be just half of what Apple had expected the iPhone X demand will likely be during the 2017 calendar year.

As a yardstick of how miniscule the 20 million units of iPhone X will be, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus found 13 million buyers within the first weekend itself of it going on sale. Demand for the iPhone X could well exceed that given that it happens to be the sort of handset you get in a decade. The anniversary model will no doubt hold a special appeal to the Apple loyalists.

There have also been reports of many holding on to their purchase of the iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, which again is an indication of how much the iPhone X is in demand. Chances are that things will be normal only by 2018 though by the time the iPhone X becomes freely available, leaks and rumors pertaining to the second gen iPhone X might just be picking up pace. As such, it might not be a bad idea to give up on the iPhone X altogether and buy the iPhone 8 Plus instead, or wait for the more enhanced iPhone X 2 to come on to the scene.