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Rumor: iPhone 8 production delayed because of supply issues

By Bryan Chan & Cookie Monster - on 25 Apr 2017, 10:45am

Rumor: iPhone 8 production delayed because of supply issues

Since early last month, there have been reports claiming that Apple would push back the launch of the iPhone 8 (also known as the iPhone Edition) to a later date. Economic Daily News reported last week that the new iPhones could launch in October or November and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo seems to agree too. 

According to Kuo, Apple is currently facing production issues for the iPhone 8. Apparently, there are several cutting-edge components in the iPhone 8 which led to the supply bottlenecks. The "significant hardware upgrades" which cause the delay in production are the OLED display panel, the A11 chipset, the new 3D Touch module and 'revolutionary' 3D sensing cameras. 

Kuo believes the supply bottlenecks will push back production of the iPhone 8 by a month or two, which could result in severe supply shortages "for a while" after launch and potentially hurt Apple's sales for the holiday season.

While he believes the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will still launch in September, the iterative upgrades within an unchanged chassis design will make these models less appealing alongside Android flagship smartphones which sport bezel-less designs. 

Source: 9to5Mac