A new report from Chinese daily Economic Daily News says that Apple may delay the launch of the iPhone 8 to October or even November due to manufacturing issues. More specifically, the company is facing technical issues related to laminating the curved OLED panels and the 3D camera system at the front.
Apple has usually launched a new iPhone in September of every year. And while there have been reports of the company delaying the iPhone launch almost every year, this year the reports have credence to them due to the technical complexities involved in manufacturing some of the pathbreaking components that Apple wants to use in its tenth-anniversary iPhone.
Technical issues related to the lamination process of curved OLED panels, and the adoption of a 3D sensing system may cause the delay of the new iPhone devices, said the paper.
The Economic Daily News article specifically mentions delay in the OLED panel and 3D camera system, both components which are slated to be used in the premium iPhone 8 model. Thus, it is possible that we will see Apple unveil the regular iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in September, with a separate event being held later in the year to launch the OLED iPhone 8. This is what previous rumors have also suggested that Apple will do due to supply chain issues.
The pro edition of the iPhone 8 will reportedly lack a physical home button, feature a curved OLED screen, new all-glass design, and more. Since there will be no home button on the next iPhone, the handset will instead feature a “function area” at the bottom. These new features, however, will push the price of the premium iPhone 8 variant to upwards of $1,000.
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