A report from Chinese publication Economic Daily News states that the production of the OLED iPhone 8 has been delayed to October-November. The handset will only ship in small numbers initially, with production slated to pickup only by early next year.
Foxconn will be assembling about 95% of the total orders for the iPhone 8. The Chinese company has also managed to secure assembly orders in small quantities for the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones. Pegatron will be producing the rest of the OLED iPhone 8s and about 65% of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s. Finally, Wistron will be the primary producer of the 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
Interestingly, while numerous reports so far have pointed to the iPhone 8 production being delayed, this is the first time we are hearing of a production delay for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus as well. Today’s report claims the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will enter into production in August at Pegatron and Foxconn which is a month or two later than Apple’s usual timeframe.
The successor to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are only going to sport modest improvements, including wireless charging, so it is unclear why their production has been delayed as well. Nonetheless, even if the handsets enter into mass production in August, Apple should end up having enough quantities of the handset to meet the initial demand.
As for the iPhone 8, it looks like Apple has decided to delay the production cycle to ensure it is able to ship the handset with a fingerprint scanner embedded into its display. Since Apple partners have been facing yield issues with the required hardware, Apple is trying to give them more time to improve their production capacity before it launches the iPhone 8. The OLED iPhone 8 is using a lot of cutting edge components that have ended up putting the company’s supply chain vendors in a fix. Apart from a fingerprint scanner embedded into its display, the OLED iPhone 8 is also going to sport a metallic chassis with a glass design, a revolutionary 3D selfie camera for facial/iris recognition, and a vertical camera setup at the rear with advanced sensors for AR purposes.
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