News originating from Korea suggests that Samsung Display has secured a $4.3 billion contract from Apple to supply it with 60 million OLED panels that will be used in the next-generation iPhone.
A report from Mac Otakara citing reliable sources from Taiwan claims that Apple will be introducing a 5-inch iPhone this year. The model will live alongside the larger 5.5-inch iPhone and the smaller 4.7-inch variant.
iPhone 8 To Feature Iris Scanner; Production To Start Earlier Than Usual With Strict Quality Control Guidelines
Corroborating a rumor from earlier this week, DigiTimes reports that Apple has asked its suppliers to deliver parts and start production of the iPhone 8 earlier than usual. The Cupertino company reportedly wants its supply chain partners to start delivering parts and components for production from the second half of Q1, 2017.
Analyst firm BlueFin Research Partners has received “some indication” from Apple’s supply chain suggesting that the iPhone 8 production will be ramped up in June. This is earlier than usual considering Apple’s iPhone production timeframe in the past where production is usually ramped up around July.
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.