The companies that make parts for Apple are suggesting that production of Apple's redesigned "OLED" iPhone might not start until October or November, as opposed to August and September, as in previous years.
Taking into account these developments, KGI Securities has lowered its shipment forecast (including the iterative 7S models as well as the all-new iPhone 8) from 110 million down to 80-90 million units.
As you may know, Apple is widely rumored to introduce 3 iPhone models for 2017, with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED iPhone 8/X being the cream of the crop. Kuo claims the more conservative new models, likely dubbed iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, would not be delayed.
The phone also looks to be visibly fatter than the existing iPhone 7, although exact dimensions have yet to be revealed. The 7S is expected to retain the design of the iPhone 7, but - like other S generations - bump the phone's specs in a handful of different ways to set it apart.
The significant hardware upgrades for the iPhone 8, including its custom OLED display, custom Apple A11 10-nanometer chipset, new 3D Touch module and 3D sensing cameras, are tagged as the primary causes of the mass production delay.More news: It's real: You can now buy a Unicorn Frappuccino from Starbucks
The iPhone 8 likely going to be packed with new innovations never before seen in previous models, and one of the most anticipated features of Apple's tenth anniversary handset is an edge-to-edge OLD display.
The general consensus is that the iPhone 8 will feature a new design with an OLED display and a almost bezel-free look. The iPhone 8 is expected to sport an edge-to-edge OLED display, which is said to be the device's main selling point, just like any other up-and-coming premium smartphone.
According to a report from Nikkei, Apple has also placed an order for 70 million displays from Samsung for use in the iPhone 8.
As pointed out by MacRumors, a new rendering of the possible iPhone 8 design has been created.
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. Moreover, it is being reported that the fingerprint sensor under the OLED screen is also a major feature whose implementation might push the release date of the iPhone further.