Up until now, reports have claimed that the premium OLED iPhone 8 will not launch in September due to unavailability of some of its key components. However, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, and others beg to differ. They expect Apple to launch the OLED iPhone 8 in September itself, though in limited quantities.
iPhone 8 Release Date, News and Rumors
While Apple is said to be working on successors of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the main focus of the rumor mill is the iPhone 8.
Contradicting recent rumors of the iPhone 8 not featuring a curved OLED panel, the latest report from Asian publication Nikkei citing their sources suggest the handset will indeed come with a curved display. However, the curvature of the display will be smaller than what is found on the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge.
There is no denying that augmented reality (AR) is a big deal for Apple, a technology that the company sees as a lucrative one.
The use of an OLED panel on the iPhone 8 has led Apple to create a new 3D Touch module that will reportedly cost $15 per piece, an increase of over 60 percent over the existing 3D Touch module. Along with the increase in the price of other components used inside the device, this will lead to a sharp increase in the total component cost for the OLED iPhone 8 for Apple.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be shown off later this year. While there are innumerable renders of the device out there, most of them are just artistic creations with little or nothing to do with Apple’s plans.
A new report from Mac Otakara has provided more details about the new high-end iPhone 8 model that Apple will be releasing this year. Since this will be a premium model, Apple may very well call it the iPhone Edition just like it did with the Apple Watch Edition.
Apple is reportedly planning on switching to OLED panels on all variants of the iPhone by 2019. The company was keen on using OLED panels on all variants of the iPhone this year itself as per an early report, but supply issues have forced the company to use the panel only on the new 5.8-inch premium model that it will be debuting this year.
A new report from Nikkei Asian Review claims that we have heard from other sources so far: Apple will be launching three new iPhone variants this year, with the third new model featuring a 5.8-inch OLED display.