Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone 8 has attracted has some speculations and rumours with KGI Securities’ analyst Ming Chi-Kuo and Japanese site Mac Otakara claiming that although the phone may be showcased in September, it will take Apple time to put it in stores for sale.
Kuo had attributed the delay to the slow production of the iPhone 8 due to the new OLED displays. However, a new report from Chinese language financial daily Economic Daily claims that Apple will debut the OLED iPhone in September with no delay in putting it for sale.
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There will be no delay for the launch of the next-generation phones, the report said, signalling the usual ramp-up in the production of parts related to the iPhone beginning next month.
Upstream to downstream suppliers in the iPhone supply chains, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC), SLP (substrate-like PCB) makers Zhen Ding Technology and Kinsus Interconnect Technology, and battery supplier Simplo Technology, are ready to ramp up related iPhone parts starting June, it said.
Apple has a major redesign planned for the “iPhone 8”, with a glass body and edge-to-edge OLED display that may include an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor if the company can overcome the technical challenges involved.
Other potential features include wireless charging, a vertically oriented rear dual-lens camera, and a front-facing camera with 3D sensing and facial recognition capabilities. The OLED iPhone is expected to be sold alongside upgraded (but standard) 4.7 and 5.5-inch iPhones.