New Report Suggests Apple Could Delay 'iPhone 8' Launch to October or November

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple could delay its rumored high-end iPhone with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display until October or even November, according to a new report out on Wednesday.

    In recent years, Apple has released its iPhone updates in September, but according to Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN), suppliers are encountering "technical issues" in the production of the upcoming "iPhone 8" because of differences in the display lamination process and challenges involved in integrating the 3D sensing front camera system.


    The report tallies with a rumor that circulated last month suggesting the iPhone 8 may go on sale later than usual, due to the switch to an OLED display and the new technology needed. In such a scenario, the launch of an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would go ahead in September as scheduled, with the higher-end iPhone 8 coming later in the year.

    Such a staggered release would be highly untypical of Apple, and it's hard to imagine the company holding a September launch event for "S" cycle iPhones with no mention of the highly rumored OLED device. However, it is possible the higher-end phone could be revealed at the same time but launched in limited quantities or at a later date. Barclays analysts recently claimed that Apple will launch its "10th anniversary iPhone" in the usual September timeframe, albeit in short supply until a full stock arrives in the fourth quarter.

    Earlier this week it was reported that Apple has placed an order for 70 million OLED panels from Samsung, anticipating high demand. Samsung is preparing to be able to produce up to 95 million panels in 2017, said the sources.

    Market watchers are said to be analyzing the pull-in of orders for passive components from the iPhone's supply chain to see whether production of the new iPhone devices is on track, according to EDN. Apart from the edge-to-edge OLED display, the "iPhone 8" is expected to include wireless charging, no physical Home button, and perhaps 3D facial recognition and/or iris scanning. In addition, rumors suggest that Touch ID could be embedded in or under a True Tone display.

    (Via DigiTimes.)

    Article Link: New Report Suggests Apple Could Delay 'iPhone 8' Launch to October or November
  2. ryanwarsaw macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2007
    People who feel it was too expensive now won't be able to get it in time. Too much too late.
  3. TwoBytes macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2008
    It's delayed already and it's not even out? Sounds like the Apple of late.
  4. The Game 161 macrumors G5

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    so basically pre order in september not get it till november
  5. Sunny1990, Apr 5, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2017

    Sunny1990 Suspended


    Feb 13, 2015
    Delay !! This is upsetting me :mad: it seems like building new technology may take some time.But apple still has five months to sort out the matter.
  6. nfl46 macrumors 603

    Oct 5, 2008
    Lol. EVERY year we hear this same report and the iPhone is released at the normal schedule.
  7. fermat-au macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2009
    Apple dodged a bullet* last year with the Galaxy Note 7... given the iPhone 7 wasn't a giant leap over the 6/6S. The Galaxy S8 looks amazing and along with the Pixel etc Apple can not afford any "technical issues" or delays with this year's iPhone.

    * or should that be shrapnel
  8. Macneck macrumors regular


    Oct 17, 2012
    Everything about Apple is delays, delays and some more delays. Except emojis, of course. Still waiting for my airpods and everything else. Frustration already became normal. So sad.
  9. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010
    Hmm, if only they had a savvy supply-chain guy. Whatever happened to him?
  10. Johnny907 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2014
    Oh joy, another day another delay speculation. Ugh can we just not?
  11. sshambles macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2005
    Won't happen. As said above, this is always mentioned year after year. They have literally 6 months from now to get things sorted. Nothing to worry about.
  12. doelcm82 macrumors 68040


    Feb 11, 2012
    Florida, USA
    Apple should release in September. No one cares about "technical issues", as long as they deliver on time.
  13. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Is it really a delay when most people can't the iPhone until November anyways?
  14. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    ... except for the white iPhone 4.... and then again the next year with both colors of the iPhone 4S
  15. Asclepio macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
  16. Howyalikdemapls macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2013
    I think it's a little childish that so many people expect Apple to have enough iPhones for everyone on launch day. They intentionally hold back millions and millions of phones from patrons so that people won't throw a tantrum about not getting their phone on day one, and yet there are still tantrums every year. It's not like they can make exactly the right number of phones they need all at once. Just because they're all not ready doesn't mean that nobody should have one until everyone can have one.
  17. sinsin07 macrumors 68030

    Mar 28, 2009
    White iPhone 4
  18. cardfan macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2012
    Sounds good for reselling. Hopefully it'll go a few months on backorder.
  19. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Childish to expect a company to provide something they released :rolleyes:
    Many other manufacturers have figured out that if they build more product prior the release day then people don't have to wait two months for it

    Apple does it, as an artificial means to show how much the iPhones are in demand.
  20. Romy90210 macrumors 6502

    Sep 18, 2013
    Oh i remember this same report for last year iPhone and the the year before and every other iPhone before that... NEXT!!!!
  21. JeffyTheQuik macrumors 68020


    Aug 27, 2014
    Charleston, SC and Everett, WA

    The iPhone New Dance continues...

    October, year before - "I can't wait to see what's happening next year!"
    January, year of launch - "The iPhone New will read your mind!"
    February, year of launch - "The iPhone New will be be able to find water in the Sahara!"
    March, year of launch - "The iPhone New will launch and skip the standard #/#S cycle!"
    April, year of launch - "The iPhone New cool feature list will be delayed until 20xx+2!"
    June, year of launch - "LOOK WHAT I FOUND IN iOS X+1!!!! It'll have a screen that is 1 pixel wider and taller!"
    July, year of launch - "Every detail of iPhone New is leaked."
    August, year of launch - The rumor mill goes strangely quiet.
    September, year of launch - "This is the most Awesomeist iPhone EVER!" - Tim Cook. "Why didn't it have a blood testing port for diabetics, like I read on MacRumors?" - Random person
    October, year of launch - "I can't wait to see what's happening next year!"
  22. jaymie1983 macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2007
    So what? What's the big deal over a few months? It's not a matter of life or death, let 'em get it right & not rush it like Samsung did with the battery fiasco. The current phones are more than good enough anyhow
  23. Applebot1 macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2014
    Has Apple even said this yet to market iPhone is delayed? They haven't even acknowledged it's existence... lets see what happens in September
  24. djcerla macrumors 65816


    Apr 23, 2015
  25. ach1t3cton macrumors newbie


    Apr 4, 2017
    September 2017 iPhone 7s / 7s Plus

    September 2018 iPhone 8 / 8 Plus

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