Supply issues may delay the iPhone 8 launch until November

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This isn’t the first notice that has shown the 3D sensing system to be problematic.

We’re square in the middle of speculation season as it relates to Apple’s next iPhone release. We’ve seen analysts posit, and then refute the idea that the iPhone 8 may cost more than $1000 USD. We also know that Samsung will be providing a boatload of OLED panels for at least one flavor of the next iPhone. We may not know exactly what the iPhone 8 will look like, or how many variants will be available at launch. What we’re hearing now though is that the iPhone 8 launch may be delayed until late October or possibly even November.

The news comes via the Economic Daily News, a Chinese site, that cites issues with the OLED screen lamination process as well as other difficulties with the 3D sensing system. Their wording on the matter is somewhat vague as to what the delay actually means. They could be saying that the phone will be announced at an event in October/November, or perhaps just that the phone won’t be available to order until that time. Apple traditionally announces the newest iPhone in September, so it’s possible that the event could go on as planned, but with ordering/shipping pushed back to cover these delays.

This isn’t the first notice that has shown the 3D sensing system to be problematic. Apple Insider has been tracking several instances where fabrication seemed to be an issue. Apple has traditionally let demand far outstrip supply at their annual iPhone launches though, so maybe these “delays” are more fodder to drive up demand for an expected shortage of iPhones.

Tell us what you think. Will the iPhone 8 launch go off as planned? Will users have to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the new device? Let us know what you think in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

  Source: Apple Insider
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