Taiwanese website Digitimes report that Apple will be sourcing the stainless steel casing for the upcoming iPhone 8 from Jabil, and not its usual manufacturing partner Foxconn. The report further adds credence to reports about Apple switching to a new glass design with a stainless steel chassis.
Foxconn and Sharp, the company which it recently acquired, are reportedly planning on investing 100 billion yen ($854 million) to set up an OLED manufacturing unit in Zhengzhou, China. The factory is expected to manufacture and supply OLED panels to Apple for iPhones.
Digitimes report that Samsung is the exclusive AMOLED display supplier for the iPhone 8 for Apple in 2017. The company is capable of supplying around 20 million OLED panels per month based on its existing production capacity.
The latest rumor surrounding the 2017 iPhone points to Apple launching a variant of the handset with a 5-inch screen and a dual-camera setup similar to what we have seen on the iPhone 7 Plus this year. The camera setup, however, will be arranged vertically rather than horizontally likely to maximise internal space for other components.
A leaked manufacturing document has revealed the code name of the new top-tier iPhone that Apple would be launching next year: “Ferrari.” The document also confirms that Apple will indeed be launching three different iPhones next year.
Report: Apple May Struggle to Secure Enough OLED Panels for iPhone 8 Due to Shortage of OLED-Making Machines
Apple’s plan on using OLED displays on the iPhone 8 in 2017 depends on a Japanese company called Canon Tokki Corp. Located among the rice fields in the city of Mitsuke in Niigata, the relatively unknown company has a complete monopoly over making machines that can manufacture OLED panels.
The Korean Herald reports that according to their sources, Apple’s OLED iPhone 8 will come with a curved display as Apple has ordered only plastic OLED panels and not glass panels from Samsung Display.
With the initial demand for the iPhone 7 now slowing down, Apple has now reduced orders for iPhone 7 components to its suppliers. Digitimes sources note that the initial demand for the iPhone 7 was driven by the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco and the strong demand for the new Jet Black color.
In his latest note to investors, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that Apple will be launching three new models of the iPhones in 2017. The analyst expects that Apple will be seeing “unprecedented” demand for new iPhones in 2017, with the handsets surpassing the sales record set by the iPhone 6 in 2014.
A report from the Wall Street Journal today further adds credence to rumors of Apple considering using curved OLED screens on the 2017 iPhone. The report states that Apple has asked its suppliers to submit prototypes to the Cupertino company with increased resolutions when compared to similar models from Samsung.