It looks like we might have to wait a little longer than expected for Apple’s iPhone 8. Citing trusted sources, TechCrunch is claiming that the iPhone 8 will begin shipping sometime after the standard iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus models.
While detailed information isn’t available yet, it is being speculated that the delay could have something to do with supply and production issues that have been reported a few times in the past few weeks. According to a Wall Street Journal report, a glitch in the manufacturing process has delayed the iPhone 8 production by a full month. The glitch was caused due to the company trying to use an OLED screen with a fingerprint sensor integrated into the screen. Apple has, in fact, dropped the idea now and will ship the iPhone 8 without an under-screen fingerprint sensor. Instead of Touch ID, users will now have to use Apple’s facial recognition tech to unlock their device. Another reason behind the delay is said to be Apple’s insistence on separating the display and touch panel instead of having them integrated like Samsung does.
As rumored numerous times, the iPhone 8 is expected to be the most expensive flagship from the Cupertino-based firm yet, with prices for the base storage variant expected to start upwards of $1,000 (Rs.63,900 approx.). According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Samsung is charging Apple as much as $130 for the iPhone 8 OLED panel. That’s significantly higher than the $45 to $55 that it is paying for the LCD screens used in current iPhone models. So while there may be other reasons as well, the high cost of the OLED panel is no doubt one of the main reasons why the iPhone 8 could be as expensive as the rumors suggest.
Apple will be unveiling the new iPhone models along with a few other exciting new products on the 12th of this month. The launch event will be held at the Steve Jobs Theatre inside Apple’s new campus in Cupertino.