Report: Apple's Premium OLED iPhone 8 Could Be Delayed Till November
Apple might delay the release of the OLED iPhone 8 in October or November according to a report. A Chinese news agency reportedly stated that suppliers are currently encountering technical issues.
Economic Daily News reported that suppliers are having issues with the OLED panels. Allegedly, differences in display lamination are causing the delays. Suppliers are also having difficulty in integrating the 3D sensing front camera system.
In a post by MacRumors, the news allegedly came from a rumor that suggested the iPhone 8 may go on sale late this year. The rumor stated that the cause of the delays is Apple's decision to switch to an OLED panel for the new iPhone.
The rumor is consistent with the published report that came from Digitimes. In the new scenario, the launch of the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus would go ahead in September as planned.
The higher-end OLED iPhone 8 could be later released by the end of 2017. Apple does not usually release their devices later than the 4th quarter of a fiscal year.
According to The Fool, it is also possible for Apple to release a limited number of iPhone 8's in September. A Barclays analyst claimed that they can launch the iPhone 8 in short supply until the stocks arrive.
Apple has reportedly ordered 70 million OLED panels from Samsung earlier this week. In preparation for the bulk order, The Korean company is preparing at least 95 million panels for the Cupertino-based company.
Market analysts are monitoring Apple's pull-in orders for components to see if the production of the devices is on track. Apple's 10th-anniversary edition iPhone will be the first one in its line to have an OLED display.
The iPhone 8 could have wireless charging and an embedded touch ID under the True Tone Display. The phone will also have no physical Home button. New security features will include 3D facial recognition and an iris scanner.