Apple reportedly pushed back iPhone 8 launch to October or November


The next generation iPhone is undoubtedly the most anticipated smartphone out there. Apple has long been rumored to launch up to three new iPhone models this year including a premium iPhone 8, and two standard 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch iPhone 7s/7s Plus models. All the three variants of this year’s iPhone models are expected to be unveiled at Apple’s annual September event, but it seems that we need to wait a little bit longer.
According to a recent report, Apple may launch its highly-anticipated premium iPhone 8 with OLED display in October or November due to manufacturing issues. Today’s report matches with previous speculation that the premium iPhone 8 will see the light of day later this year. Sources say that Apple’s suppliers are dealing with technical issues related to integrating 3D sensor front camera system and OLED panels.
In reality, the Cupertino Company is also encountering supply chain issues that may force it to bring OLED panels to premium iPhone 8 only this year. According to sources, the standard 4.7 iPhone 7s and 5.5 inch iPhone 7s Plus will still launch this September as scheduled with the premium iPhone 8 coming later this year.
However, other sources say that the high-end iPhone 8 will still launch, but in limited quantities in September. According to Barclays, the premium iPhone 8 with edge-to-edge OLED display will see the light of day in September, but in short supply with full stock expected to arrive in December.
The high-end iPhone 8 is rumored to come with virtual home button, a curved OLED panel, long-range wireless charging and 3D sensor support for augmented reality and facial recognition. Tech analysts say that the premium iPhone 8 with curved OLED panel will make a gigantic hit at launch and Apple will be struggling to meet the demand.
To cover huge demand for OLED-equipped iPhone 8 models, Apple reportedly has placed an order for 70 million OLED panels from Samsung. The South Korean company is expected to produce 95 million OLED panels for the upcoming iPhone 8.
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