Latest questionable 'iPhone 8' delay claim lays blame on limited OLED screen availability

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The latest supply chain reports out of China suggest that it is not the Touch ID, or layered motherboard design that may cause later than expected shipments of the forthcoming "iPhone 8," but instead, Samsung is having production issues with the OLED screen for the device that it pioneered.



"iPhone 8" OLED concept via iMore.


DigiTimes, citing industry sources, claims that output of the 5.8 inch panel said to be used in the "iPhone 8" are tight for some unspecified reason. As a result, according to the sources, there will be between 3 million and 4 million devices available for launch, and a goal of between 50 million and 60 million through the end of 2017 is allegedly in danger.

Should the earlier reports of Samsung being the screen supplier for the device be accurate, it seems improbable that the company that cranks out the vast majority of the world's supply should be having unspecified issues in delivery. The first reports of an OLED screen for the "iPhone 8" surfaced in 2016, with amplifying reports from other sources in 2017.

Samsung's quarterly reports contain no indications that there are problems with OLED supply lines. There also does not appear to be any declared production issues holding up deliveries to clients which would impact payments, and earnings as a result.

This isn't the first report of the Samsung-produced screen holding up the works, however. In April, yet another supply chain analysts suggested that there were going to be problems with the screen delivery. That report took a more "shotgun" approach to a possible delay, guessing at the screen, the motherboard, or 3D NAND supply issues.

A variety of rumors suggesting delays and production problems have plagued the unannounced "iPhone 8" recently. On June 21, a stock analyst suggested that Apple had still yet to decide about where to locate the fingerprint sensor on the device. Other reports of problems have been linked to issues with the sensor suite, motherboard production, and wireless charging technology issues.

The "iPhone 8" is predicted to sport an edge-to-edge OLED panel with a 5.1-inch user space -- the rest dedicated to virtual buttons. Slimming or removing the bezels would allow Apple to cram a larger battery into a form factor similar in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 7. Also expected is a new 3D facial scanner .

With a complete redesign said to be forthcoming in the device implementing a curved glass back with wireless charging, some reports have pegged the starting price of the "iPhone 8" at more than $1,000.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 18
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 7,318member
    I’m convinced all these “delay” rumors are being spread by short sellers. Is that even legal?
    Metriacanthosaurusjbdragonlongpathjmey267
  • Reply 2 of 18
    No sirree.....
  • Reply 3 of 18
    Herbivore2Herbivore2 Posts: 362member
    Samsung is a fairly reliable company. They do make mistakes as the Note 7 battery issues made painfully obvious. However, they have producing OLED panels for several years now. I find this particular rumor hard to believe. 
    jbdragonlongpathMetriacanthosaurusanton zuykov
  • Reply 4 of 18
    Sorry but DigiTimes isn't as reliable as Tim Cook.

    Tim said during the last quarter earnings call how much they have learned from the 7 Plus launch, and all but said that they were going to make sure that doesn't happen with iPhone X.
  • Reply 5 of 18
    Not another delay.  I guess I'll just buy a Galaxy S8.
  • Reply 6 of 18
    jbdragonjbdragon Posts: 2,172member
    Rumors are Rumors! I just don't worry about it. It can't be delayed if there is no ship date to start with.
  • Reply 7 of 18
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Pump and dump, and then pump again.
    anton zuykov
  • Reply 8 of 18
    foggyhillfoggyhill Posts: 4,767member
    Not another delay.  I guess I'll just buy a Galaxy S8.

    Right... Like I really believe you were about to buy and Iphone...
    And, those rumors of delay and likely there is no delay (just like there is no spoon).
    anton zuykov
  • Reply 9 of 18
    anton zuykovanton zuykov Posts: 1,040member
    lkrupp said:
    I’m convinced all these “delay” rumors are being spread by short sellers. Is that even legal?
    Market manipulation is not legal, but you have to build a case to convict someone. That would be very hard to do, given how it happens (strings of emails about fabricating those stories, potentially encrypted private messages, etc).
    On the other hand, if one is stupid enough to believe that FUD tactic, one should probably pay the price for being stupid sheep and following that wolf's advice.
  • Reply 10 of 18
    Samsung is a fairly reliable company. They do make mistakes as the Note 7 battery issues made painfully obvious. However, they have producing OLED panels for several years now. I find this particular rumor hard to believe. 
    Don't worry... The next report will blame Apple for OLED shortages, RAM supply Strangulation and Global Warming.

  • Reply 11 of 18
    anton zuykovanton zuykov Posts: 1,040member
    foggyhill said:
    Not another delay.  I guess I'll just buy a Galaxy S8.

    Right... Like I really believe you were about to buy and Iphone...
    And, those rumors of delay and likely there is no delay (just like there is no spoon).
    whatrtheythinking: Number of comments on AI: 1
    Lol


    edited June 2017
  • Reply 12 of 18
    foggyhill said:
    Not another delay.  I guess I'll just buy a Galaxy S8.

    Right... Like I really believe you were about to buy and Iphone...
    And, those rumors of delay and likely there is no delay (just like there is no spoon).
    whatrtheythinking: Number of comments on AI: 1
    Lol


    I guess you guys can't sense the sarcasm.  
  • Reply 13 of 18
    lkrupp said:
    I’m convinced all these “delay” rumors are being spread by short sellers. Is that even legal?
    Rumors are always legal. Proving stock manipulation is difficult. 

    Its funny how last year the rumors where that the iPhone 7 won't sell very well. Now the rumors are Apple can't make enough Iphone 8s. 

    I thought the media and analysts consensus is that the iPhone 8 will be meh and Samsung will explode with sales of the note 8?

    Apple is doomed..... 😂  
  • Reply 14 of 18
    anomeanome Posts: 1,297member
    lkrupp said:
    I’m convinced all these “delay” rumors are being spread by short sellers. Is that even legal?
    Rumors are always legal. Proving stock manipulation is difficult. 

    Its funny how last year the rumors where that the iPhone 7 won't sell very well. Now the rumors are Apple can't make enough Iphone 8s. 

    I thought the media and analysts consensus is that the iPhone 8 will be meh and Samsung will explode with sales of the note 8?

    You want to be careful using that word with relation to Samsung. Besides, there were plenty of rumours that the iPhone 7 Plus would be delayed, as well as the low sales predictions. Seems some people were trying to have it both ways.

    But, let's face it, rumours of a delay to the speculative launch date of an unannounced product due to vague concerns about possible shortages in a rumoured component should be taken with the entire Siberian salt output during Brezhnev's reign.

    Apple is doomed..... 😂  
    As it was, so it shall ever be.
    cornchip
  • Reply 15 of 18
    anome said:
    lkrupp said:
    I’m convinced all these “delay” rumors are being spread by short sellers. Is that even legal?
    Rumors are always legal. Proving stock manipulation is difficult. 

    Its funny how last year the rumors where that the iPhone 7 won't sell very well. Now the rumors are Apple can't make enough Iphone 8s. 

    I thought the media and analysts consensus is that the iPhone 8 will be meh and Samsung will explode with sales of the note 8?

    You want to be careful using that word with relation to Samsung. Besides, there were plenty of rumours that the iPhone 7 Plus would be delayed, as well as the low sales predictions. Seems some people were trying to have it both ways.

    But, let's face it, rumours of a delay to the speculative launch date of an unannounced product due to vague concerns about possible shortages in a rumoured component should be taken with the entire Siberian salt output during Brezhnev's reign.

    Apple is doomed..... 😂  
    As it was, so it shall ever be.
    I'm as careful as Samsung is with their battery testing, and if something happens it's because I bought some letters from TDK that were defective. 😂
  • Reply 16 of 18
    bluefire1bluefire1 Posts: 909member
    Yogi was right: Reading this article was like dejà vu all over again.
  • Reply 17 of 18
    AirPods and Apple Tv 4 were deleyed too. Eventually they sold very well. If  new iPhone will be an addition to 7s (plus), delay shouldn't be such a big deal as long as it is a good product. Not like Note 7 sort of scandal, that would be horrible.
  • Reply 18 of 18
    cornchipcornchip Posts: 1,397member
    lkrupp said:
    I’m convinced all these “delay” rumors are being spread by short sellers. Is that even legal?
    I'm convinced iPhones 8 are coming at their regularly scheduled time… the year after iPhones 7s.
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