New iPhone 8 Render Created from Leaked Design
- Author: Kyle Warner Apr 25, 2017,
Apr 25, 2017, 14:04
Production ramp up of OLED iPhone could be delayed to October-November (previously estimated to be August-September, as in previous years).
A couple of weeks ago, we first began hearing reports from analysts claiming that Apple's upcoming OLED iPhone would be delayed due to issues with production. Constraints in Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) supply chain have also been cited for the delay.
Apple is expected to launch a redesigned iPhone this fall, with a screen that covers almost the entire front of the device. He suggests that most people will be willing to wait for it to be available, even if this means holding off their upgrade cycle until early next year. However, he still expects the iterative 7S models to land on time.
Practically speaking, a 4 mm bezel all around the iPhone 8 would make it more durable if and when it is dropped.
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Noted commentator Ming-Chi Kuo reckons the addition of a custom OLED display, 3D sensing cameras and a new 3D Touch module are the main factors behind the potential delay (via 9to5Mac).
Geskin also published what he claims is a leaked schematic diagram showing what components will sit underneath the screen of the iPhone 8.
All of these rumours have leaked before from various sources so this adds further weight to these expectations we have for the new iPhone.
The iPhone 8 is expected to be unveiled in September and will be just one of three new devices revealed. Another risk comes from competitors Samsung, Huawei, OPPO, Vivo and Xiaomi, which are getting ready to release "high-end full-screen smartphones" this year, which could impact sales of the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus because those iPhones "do not have full-screen form factors", Kuo said. Along with this, the same integration will also be incorporated for the front camera and the proximity sensors seen on the upper part of the phone.
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich believes the redesigned iPhone expected to launch this fall will be priced at $850 to $900 in a separate note distributed on Monday. A note to investors from an analyst at Cowen and Company last week said Apple's biggest concern amongst iPhone 8 latest features was embedding the Touch ID into the display.