The decision to shift more component production to China may not be working out too well for Apple as rumors are circulating that the iPhone 8 launch date may have to be pushed back by a month or two.
Apple usually shoots for major product launches in September, but news coming in from Economic Daily News suggests that one of the company’s own supply chains has run into a technical difficulty producing the new curved OLED displays. The report indicates that there is an issue with the “lamination process”.
As the mobile giant finally gets with the times with an upgraded display, they have contracted Samsung to acquire at least 70 million OLED displays for their iPhone 8 model in an effort to meet their expected target of 95 million units as they predict record sales for the new device.
The problem could result in the next iPhone being released either later in October, or even as late as early November. While this might not be a problem on its own, it does mean that other brands can easily get to work on bringing up release dates of competing products.
Google is already at work developing the 2nd Pixel phone, which is expected to have even better camera software on top of Android’s next OS instalment, Android O (8.0). It’s expected to hit the market around November as well.
Some rumored features of the 10th anniversary iPhone 8 include a curved 5.8 inch AMOLED display, wireless charging, no home button, and no bezel.
One of the biggest upsets is the alleged switch from the Lightning port to USB-C. While it’s great that Apple is going to route of market standardization, it’s a huge blow for iPhone 7 owners who may have bought one thousand and one different dongles to work with their device.
From the processing and software side of things, the iPhone 8 is expected to come with the even more powerful A11 SoC (System on a Chip), with 3GB RAM on its Plus model. Of course, we also expect to see iOS 11 making its debut.
In terms of pricing, unlike recent claims, the iPhone 8 may be priced between $850 to $900, rather than $1,000 as previously speculated.