Apple iPhone 8 May Face Major Delays
The rumor mill is awake with the recent reports of delays and production struggles faced by Apple for its new iPhone 8 lineup. Earlier, a report suggested that Apple has taken the manufacturing of iPhone 8’s key parts in it’s own hands for device’s timely release.
A more recent report suggests that the three new iPhones, the iPhone 8, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are yet to start mass production. While this might come as a shock for many, the reports suggest that the production for new ‘7s’ iterative with 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch phones might ramp up in August. Whereas, the iPhone 8 with the OLED 5.8-inch display, no bezel design with the “all new glass body” may not be available until November.
Even though, Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron will reportedly be manufacturing the new Apple iPhone lineup hand in hand, the iPhones are still not expected to be at a level that may be considered mass production. Multiple reports have also indicated problems with features like wireless charging and the 3D front sensor said to replace TouchID.
It is also said that due to one of the suppliers walking out on the company, Apple resorted to purchasing and providing manufacturers with the production equipment required for manufacturing of the rigid flexible printed circuit board (connects chips with every part of he handset), a key component of the iPhone.
The production of iPhone 8 will be further the delayed as one of the three suppliers for manufacturing the RFPCB has recently backed out of the agreement. The only way Apple can hope to hasten the production process is by purchasing its own equipment and leasing it to its suppliers.
Apple may also ship the new iPhones with few key features disabled at first, while others say that the delays might just push back the release altogether. The Apple iPhone launch is expected to be bigger than ever, and if the leaks are accurate, the launch of three new models on the iPhone’s 10th anniversary will get industry excited.