'iPhone 8' reveal delayed to November, according to South Korean supply chain sources

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in Future Apple Hardware edited August 2017
An alleged Apple component supplier from South Korea is claiming that the company is pushing back the launch of the "iPhone 8" to November, but will still launch the "iPhone 7s" family in September.




Citing unnamed sources from the supply chain, The Korea Herald reported on Thursday afternoon that the delay is related to an unfinished design, and technical issues with the technologies rumored to be in the device.

"Apple's top brass recently approved the September launch of two LCD models," said the official from a South Korean component supplier. "But, the OLED iPhone launch is likely to be delayed to November."

The sources claim that Apple has yet to make a some decisions on the "iPhone 8" design.

"The iPhone's rear design has not yet been finalized," said the same source. "We are still awaiting Apple's final decision before shipping parts."

Neither the supplier, nor the executive that the Korea Herald spoke with were identified in any way. The publication also cites Samsung's relatively late and "unusual" OLED delivery as possible evidence that the "iPhone 8" reveal will be later than historically expected.

One source cited by the Korea Herald believes that the late reveal is because of Touch ID.

"Fingerprint scanning, which plays a crucial role in safeguarding payment solution Apple Pay, needs to be fault-free," said another unnamed source, allegedly a display expert. "Apple seems to have failed to fully develop the technology for the upcoming iPhone."

The Korea Herald has not been reliable in the past in predicting future Apple products, or release dates for same. It does not historically have a pro-Samsung bias, and was one of the lead publications detailing the bribery scandal between Samsung and the Korean government.

However, it is unclear where the data for the report has been sourced. Many other reports from the supply chain, particularly recent ones that are considered more reliable sources of Apple's plans, tell a different tale and have walked back discussions of a profound delay for the "iPhone 8."

The "iPhone 8" is predicted to have edge-to-edge OLED display with 5.15 inches of user space and a higher resolution than the iPhone 7 Plus at 2,436 by 1,125 pixels. Facial recognition technology rumored to be in the device may replace Touch ID -- but the rumor mill has conflicting information on that.

Predictions have ranged between Apple could charge a starting price of around $1000 and as much as $1200 for the starting cost of the iPhone 8.
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  • Reply 1 of 44
    tnsftnsf Posts: 203member
    Apple will not reveal the models on separate dates, plain and simple. Not going to happen.
    neohavixbb-15pujones1watto_cobrastantheman
  • Reply 2 of 44
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,436administrator
    tnsf said:
    Apple will not reveal the models on separate dates, plain and simple. Not going to happen.
    We here at AI are HIGHLY skeptical about the report. And, we're concerned that mainstream media will pick up and run with it, and lack context.
    edited August 2017 neohavixcoolfactorbb-15pscooter63repressthisindyfxwatto_cobra
  • Reply 3 of 44
    thrangthrang Posts: 764member
    Shipping? Possible. Reveal? Nope
    StrangeDays
  • Reply 4 of 44
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,310member
    Another report from Korea about the timing of a launch. Tired of this.
    mwhitethemacmanwatto_cobra
  • Reply 5 of 44
    physguyphysguy Posts: 915member
    Hmmm... From a Samsung Press Release /s
    mike1The_Martini_Catlkrupprepressthisindyfxwatto_cobrastantheman
  • Reply 6 of 44
    StrangeDaysStrangeDays Posts: 7,314member
    Oh yes, here we are a month before launch and they “haven’t finished the design.” Uh huh. 
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  • Reply 7 of 44
    jpellinojpellino Posts: 611member
    Probably tougher-than-normal to make sure bets on production in a country that's currently a pawn in (what is so far) a shouting match between two heads of state.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 8 of 44
    macxpressmacxpress Posts: 4,829member
    And tomorrow a new report will be out totally opposite of this....This is why I usually don't pay attention to iPhone rumors. Too many come out and I like the element of surprise. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 9 of 44
    macxpress said:
    And tomorrow a new report will be out totally opposite of this....This is why I usually don't pay attention to iPhone rumors. Too many come out and I like the element of surprise. 
    Coming from a guy that paid enough attention to iPhone rumors to make a comment on them 
    bb-15watto_cobraasdasdstantheman
  • Reply 10 of 44
    robjnrobjn Posts: 205member
    This is all nonsense! The article should have been written with a tone that clearly exposes it as nonsense.

    The decision about when to "reveal" the new phone is known only within Apple. Suppliers simple don't need to know this.

    The claim that the design is unfinished is absurd. It would have likely been mostly finalized two years ago!

    It is unlikely that the new device with have TouchID because the new technology would only be adopted if it were better.

    When this new phone is released a certain segment of the media will claim that TouchID is not there because Apple failed to do it and that the new technology is nothing but a poor compromise - these articles have probably already been written!
    StrangeDaysSpamSandwichindyfxwatto_cobra
  • Reply 11 of 44
    tnsf said:
    Apple will not reveal the models on separate dates, plain and simple. Not going to happen.
    We here at AI are HIGHLY skeptical about the report. And, we're concerned that mainstream media will pick up and run with it, and lack context.
    I wonder if the so called report was released to manipulate Apple's stock downward.  Yep, AAPL down $3.44 at the time of this post.  Was down only around $2.00 before the report was released.
    SpamSandwichpscooter63watto_cobra
  • Reply 12 of 44
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,010member
    tnsf said:
    Apple will not reveal the models on separate dates, plain and simple. Not going to happen.
    We here at AI are HIGHLY skeptical about the report. And, we're concerned that mainstream media will pick up and run with it, and lack context.
    Evidently they already have. Anyone look at the price of AAPL this morning? It's down $3.66 as of this moment!

    IMO, its highly irresponsible and harmful to investors and the readers here to even air such flimsy rumors.
    edited August 2017 watto_cobra
  • Reply 13 of 44
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,748member
    macxpress said:
    And tomorrow a new report will be out totally opposite of this....This is why I usually don't pay attention to iPhone rumors. Too many come out and I like the element of surprise. 
    Coming from a guy that paid enough attention to iPhone rumors to make a comment on them 
    Perhaps his use of "pay attention" wasn't the best choice of words but the context should be a clear that he's referring to heeding rumours as canon. I pay attention to these rumours and yet I'm not concerned whether it comes next month, November, or even a year from now.
    StrangeDayspscooter63watto_cobra
  • Reply 14 of 44
    SoliSoli Posts: 8,748member
    sog35 said:
    You have to better than this AppleInsider.

    Shameful.

    Absolutely shameful.
    How dare AI report on rumours! *gasp*
    edited August 2017 bb-15gatorguywatto_cobra
  • Reply 15 of 44
    eightzeroeightzero Posts: 2,310member
    tnsf said:
    Apple will not reveal the models on separate dates, plain and simple. Not going to happen.
    We here at AI are HIGHLY skeptical about the report. And, we're concerned that mainstream media will pick up and run with it, and lack context.
    Evidently they already have. Anyone look at the price of AAPL this morning? It's down $3.66 as of this moment!

    IMO, its highly irresponsible and harmful to investors and the readers here to even air such flimsy rumors.
    A bold accusation. Pretty sure you just accused AI of committing a crime.
  • Reply 16 of 44
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,436administrator
    robjn said:
    This is all nonsense! The article should have been written with a tone that clearly exposes it as nonsense.

    The decision about when to "reveal" the new phone is known only within Apple. Suppliers simple don't need to know this.

    The claim that the design is unfinished is absurd. It would have likely been mostly finalized two years ago!

    It is unlikely that the new device with have TouchID because the new technology would only be adopted if it were better.

    When this new phone is released a certain segment of the media will claim that TouchID is not there because Apple failed to do it and that the new technology is nothing but a poor compromise - these articles have probably already been written!
    It was. Actually read the story.
    edited August 2017
  • Reply 17 of 44
    rogifan_newrogifan_new Posts: 3,922member
    There is a big market sell off today probably because of North Korea. Apple stock isn’t down because of this unconfirmed rumor.
    Soliradarthekatgatorguy
  • Reply 18 of 44
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,436administrator

    eightzero said:
    tnsf said:
    Apple will not reveal the models on separate dates, plain and simple. Not going to happen.
    We here at AI are HIGHLY skeptical about the report. And, we're concerned that mainstream media will pick up and run with it, and lack context.
    Evidently they already have. Anyone look at the price of AAPL this morning? It's down $3.66 as of this moment!

    IMO, its highly irresponsible and harmful to investors and the readers here to even air such flimsy rumors.
    A bold accusation. Pretty sure you just accused AI of committing a crime.
    I believe SpamSandwich was referring to the mainstream media.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 19 of 44
    Mike WuertheleMike Wuerthele Posts: 4,436administrator
    There is a big market sell off today probably because of North Korea. Apple stock isn’t down because of this unconfirmed rumor.
    Agreed. The trend on AAPL after the report started circulating at about noon is upwards, not downwards.
    edited August 2017 Soli
  • Reply 20 of 44
    Allow me to fix ALL of these current and coming "stories",
    until the date Apple actually announces all the launch dates,
    for this years new iPhones.

    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September
    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September
    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September
    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September
    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September
    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September
    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September
    Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September.
    Apple iPhone 8 won't launch in September

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