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.
Report: Production of All Three iPhones Delayed This Year; iPhone 8 Mass Production Delayed to November
A new report from Fast Company details that there is a “sense of panic in the air” at Apple ahead of the iPhone 8 unveiling in a couple of months from now. Engineers inside the company are trying to fix various software problems that have been plaguing the handset so far in a bid to ensure its production and delivery cycle are not affected.
A photo showing what is allegedly the rear panel of the iPhone 8 has leaked on Chinese’s social media website Weibo. The photo shows the rear glass panel of the iPhone 8 with a cutout for the vertical dual camera setup.
Amidst all the rumors of the iPhone 8 design, the placement of the Touch ID sensor, and whether the phone will ship with a wireless charger or not, a new rumor has popped up surrounding the color of the handset. Since the beginning of this week, there have been two leaks that point to Apple launching the iPhone 8 with a mirror-like finish.
Dubious New iPhone 8 Rumor Claims Touch ID Integrated into Power Button, Wireless Charger Bundled with Phone
A dubious new leak surrounding the iPhone 8 claims the handset will only be called the ‘iPhone Plus.’ Additionally, it hints at Apple launching a new “O7” color variant of the device similar to that of the iPhone 2G.
Apple seems to have moved ahead the timeline to switch to OLED displays on its iPhone lineup by a year. While reports had earlier indicated Apple would be switching to OLED displays on its iPhone lineup by 2019, a Nikkei report citing sources claims Apple will launch three iPhones in 2018 featuring OLED displays.
The smartphone industry is currently facing a NAND supply shortage which has forced many OEMs to switch back to older and slower eMMC storage. With the impending iPhone 8 launch, Apple is now also looking to diversify its NAND supply chain to ensure it does not face any supply shortages.
Apple is all set to make the switch to OLED displays with the iPhone 8 later this year, and if reports are anything to go by, the company will switch its entire lineup to OLED displays starting from 2018. A report from Trendforce says that Apple’s move to OLED panels will greatly accelerate the panel’s adoption in the smartphone market, with the adoption rate hitting 50% by 2020.
While Apple is yet to launch the iPhone 8, rumors about the 2019 ‘iPhone 9’ have already started making their way to the internet. A report from The Korea Economic Daily claims that LG Innotek will start the mass production of flexible PCBs as it aims to become one of the main suppliers of flexible boards for the 2018 iPhone.
Apple’s Supply Chain Analysis Reveals 3D-Sensing Capabilities for Augmented Reality Coming to iPhone 8
A detailed analysis of Apple’s supply chain for the upcoming iPhone X launch later this year has revealed the names of the companies that will be supplying various components to Apple for the next iPhone. This includes Broadcom, Lumentum, Finisar, and Viavi Solution.