A latest report from China-based Economic Daily News has claimed that the 3rd iPhone model to be launched this year, iPhone 8, is facing technical difficulties like lamination of the curved Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) displays, and the 3D sensing technology of the front cameras.
As a result of the difficulties, the launch of the 3rd flagship iPhone model of this year, or iPhone 8, could be delayed by a month or two to drop in October or November. Traditionally, Apple launches its next flagship iPhone during its September event every year. But, similar to how Apple launched two flagship iPhone variants in 2014, the number is reported to be bumped up to 3 this year; iPhone 7 and 7S, and the bigger 5.8-inch iPhone 8 on occasion of the 10th anniversary of iPhone.
TSMC, Foxconn, Pegatron, and other suppliers are all responsible for making sure that iPhone 8 makes the September launch date, but it seems it has become increasingly difficult for them to do so. A delayed launch is one thing, but what could probably happen is that Apple will launch the iPhone together with iPhone 7 and 7S in September, but put it on the shelves a little later or in limited quantities.
There could be a chance of one model cannibalizing the sales of the other if all are launched together, or the blockbuster iPhone 8 could suffer from decreased demand if it ships later than usual. So it seems shipping limited quantities could be the most viable option for Apple. Of course, nothing is set in stone or even confirmed at this moment. Earlier this week, Samsung was reported to be supplying 70 million OLEDs for iPhone 8 this year, and today this report has emerged.
Some of the other rumored specs for the 10th anniversary iPhone are truly wireless charging, 4GB RAM, and possibly a Smart Connector.