iPhone 8 Production Delay Rumors Are Grossly Exaggerated; Samsung Will Commence OLED Assembly In May
According to the rumor mill, Apple's got big plans for the iPhone 8 this year. After a dramatic pause in design upgrades for three years, the company will finally change things up on the smartphone. That'll be one of the reasons we'll also see Cupertino jump a generation ahead on the iPhone and also launch a new device in addition to the standard 'S' variants. The iPhone 8, iPhone X or the iPhone Edition will feature a lot of changes. The rumor mill believes that Apple's pushing its supply chain extra hard this year. Today, we've got some more details on the matter. Take a look below to find out more.
Samsung Will Commence OLED Panel Production For iPhone 8 On Schedule Despite Contradictory Rumors
For the iPhone 8, a lot of Apple fans will breathe a massive sigh of relief. The company will finally introduce OLED on the smartphone, years after the Android world has adopted the tech. To its credit, as per company culture, Apple will not go easy on its suppliers when it comes to OLED manufacturing. Sources claim that the company's placed stringent demands over Samsung Display, the company tasked to meet the iPhone's massive display panel requirements.
In fact, Apple's demanded that Samsung deliver OLED panels which are more advanced than the Korean tech giant uses on its latest Galaxy S8 and S8+. The US company hopes that the iPhone 8's display panel will cover a higher body area than Samsung's flagship smartphones. To contrast, the Galaxy S8 has a display area ratio of 84%. As to how Apple intends to top this, your guess is as good as ours.
“Apple is asking for a higher-end display panel than that for the S8. Depending on the adoption, the phone’s launch schedule could be adjusted.” according to Jang Hyun-jun, an analyst at UBI Research. However, industry sources believe that rumors of an iPhone delay this year are grossly over-exaggerated. The main reason behind these alleged delays is the technical difficulties faced by Samsung to manufacturer panels according to Apple's exacting specifications. Still, it's expected that the manufacturer will place orders for OLED components by the end of this month, resulting in production commencement by the start of May.
All components for the iPhone's OLED displays will be sourced from Korea and will include manufacturers the likes of Interflex, BH and Samsung Electro-Mechanics. These reports stand in stark contrast to earlier rumors that speculated troubles in Apple's supply chain. KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo is at the forefront of this speculation, in a fresh note for investors released today. Kuo believes that production can be delayed to Q4 this year, but is still optimistic on features such as 3D recognition to make up for this lost demand. It's an interesting year for the iPhone folks. Will you mind a delayed launch for a smartphone that's rumored to cost around $1000? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned. We'll keep you updated on the latest.
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