At this point, we have heard from multiple sources that the iPhone 8‘s mass production has been delayed and the handset is unlikely to make its way to the market before October-November. Further adding credence to those reports is Nikkei whose report claims that the OLED iPhone 8 will only be available in limited supply starting late October.
The report, however, cites the reason behind the delay to different components than what other rumors have claimed. The report claims that Samsung is “facing challenges in delivering what Apple wants”, though it is unclear what exactly the problems are. Samsung was initially supposed to start producing OLED panels for the iPhone 8 from May but that has likely been pushed back to late June or July now.
In addition, the report says that Apple and its suppliers are still working on resolving the overheating issues of the wireless charging modules. Then, the new PCB design that Apple is planning on using on the iPhone 8 is also running into manufacturing and quality control issues. The new PCB design will allow Apple to fit in a larger battery on the new iPhones.
The iPhone 8 is still more than five months away from its official unveiling and Apple’s supply chain vendors still have plenty of time to iron out the issues they are currently facing. If they are unable to solve the issues, then it will be difficult for customers to get their hands on the OLED iPhone 8 for the first couple of months. This supply issue might just force many consumers to look into buying Samsung’s Galaxy S8 or Note 8. The former already makes use of an Infinity Display, while the latter is also expected to make use of an Infinity Display and sport a dual camera setup at the rear.
The OLED iPhone 8 has been rumored to cost upwards of $1,000 due to the new technologies that it is going to come with. This includes a bezel-less display at the front with an embedded fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, and a 3D selfie camera for some kind of facial recognition.