With each new year, iOS users expect Apple to release its next-generation iPhone – but a new rumor regarding the iPhone 8 has suggested the firm could break tradition.
An analyst from Deutsche Bank has released a research note that stated the Cupertino company will not launch its 10th anniversary smartphone in 2017.
The note has pointed at ‘key component shortages and technical challenges’ as the culprits behind the major delay.
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An analyst from Deutsche Bank has released a research note that stated the Cupertino company will not launch the iPhone 8 (artist impression) in 2017. The note has pointed at ‘key component shortages and technical challenges’ as the culprits behind the major delay
IPHONE 8 RUMORS
Several rumors have been circulating about the iPhone 8, and suggest the next device may have:
– Dual-lens 3D camera
– Augmented reality to generate real-time views of surroundings
– Curved glass casing – Plastic OLED screen
– Wireless charging
– A folding element
– New 5 inch (12.7 centimeter) and 5.8 inch (14.7 centimeter) model, which will have a wraparound OLED screen
– 5.8 inch will be designed with the Touch ID finger print sensor ‘under the glass and in the active display area’
– A new ‘pure white’ model
– Aluminum back will be replaced with two reinforced glass panes and a metal frame in the middle
– Facial recognition
-Premium model will cost $1,000
‘Report suggests no new iPhone 8 this calendar year,’ the analysts wrote.
‘As we have written in previous [research notes], several supply chain reports have suggested that key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8 device this fall.’
‘We believe this report further underscores the uncertainty around the timing of Apple’s next- generation iPhone model.’
ValueWalk released insider information it had received from anonymous supply chain sources ‘within the critical Foxconn corporation’ that packaging materials for the iPhone 8 are not expected to arrive until June – leaving Apple little time to ramp up productions and release a cutting-edge device.
However, the sources also revealed that this timeline will allow Apple to release the iPhone 7s line in September.
Although sources noted this will send many iOS users into a frenzy, the assured that the tech giant will still ‘do something outstanding’ in honor of the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary.
Prior to the disheartening news, the majority of rumors had suggested that the iPhone 8 would simply be late and not cancelled.
Earlier this month, the Economic Daily News (via Digitimes) had published a report that iOS users would have to wait until October or November to get their new iPhone 8.
‘As we have written in previous [research notes], several supply chain reports have suggested that key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8 device this fall.’ ‘We believe this report further underscores the uncertainty around the timing of Apple’s next- generation iPhone model’ (pictured is an artist impression)
The delay, much like Deutsche Bank’s reason’ was said to be caused by technical issues, as suppliers have struggled with the lamination process of the curved OLED panels and adoption of the 3D sensing front-camera technology.
TIMELINE: TEN YEARS OF IPHONES
2007: After being unveiled in January, the first iPhone goes on sale amid passionate Apple fan reaction and queues outside retail stores.
2008: On July 11 2008 the second generation iPhone 3G launches, including in a white colour option for the first time.
2009: The iPhone 3GS goes on sale in June, and sales for the year reach more than 25 million.
2010: The introduction of the iPhone 4 includes the first major redesign of the iPhone. The front and back casing are both made of glass for the first time, with a steel trim and edges.
2011: The iPhone 4s is introduced, including voice assistant Siri for the first time.
2012: The iPhone 5 ushers in another redesign, this time increasing the screen size to four inches for the first time.
2013: Another “s” model, this time the iPhone 5s, is launched. The first iPhone to include a fingerprint scanner integrated into the home button, known as Touch ID.
2014: In September the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are unveiled, offering the iPhone in two sizes for the first time – both of which have increased screen sizes on previous generations at 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively.
2015: In September the 6s and 6s Plus are released, complete with a new pressure sensitive screen.
2016: In September the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are announced, with the Plus housing a dual rear camera for the first time that is designed to capture images to rival that of a digital camera.
‘Technical issues related to the lamination process of curved OLED panels, and the adoption of a 3D sensing system may cause the delay of the new iPhone devices,’ said the paper.
However, Apple has experienced manufacturing issues in the past, so has many other phone makers, but 9to5Mac has shared supporting evidence that suggests this time might be the real deal.
A report from March revealed that the Cupertino firm would not start mass production of the so-called iPhone 8 until September.
Another report revealed that will Apple to release the iPhone 7s line in September. Although sources noted this will send many iOS users into a frenzy, the assured that the tech giant will still ‘do something outstanding’ in honor of the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary (artist impression)
This was believed to be a result of Apple’s custom fingerprint sensor that is set to replace the TouchID – the firm is believed to be building its own system and needed more time for manufacturing.
It was suggested that Apple has passed over both the Synaptic’s Natural ID touch fingerprint sensor and Qualcomm’s Sense ID for the iPhone.
It is, however, going with its own technology for a fingerprint recognition solution – Authentec algorithm combined with Privaris glass identification technology.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has revealed that Apple plans to put a larger battery in the 4.7-inch iPhone 8.
Kuo explained that it will be designed with a 2,700 mAh battery – putting its battery capacity on par with the iPhone 7 Plus.
Another feature rumored to appear in Apple’s next iPhone is a larger ‘L’ shaped battery (middle’, which would put battery capacity on par with the iPhone 7 Plus
Will use a ‘substrate-like PCB mainboard’, which will allow the firm to implement an OLED display in the flagship handset.
The new components are believed to be much more expensive in anything used in an iPhone before, which could increase manufacturing costs by 80 percent.
However, it was revealed last week that iOS users should expect to pay a hefty price tag for their next iPhone.
‘Apple’s in-house developed fingerprint ID solution will be fabricated at TSMC’s 12-inch line using 65nm process technology, sources told DigitTimes in a March interview.
The sources also said the move would push production for the OLED iPhone back until September, which means the handset will not go on sale until October.
The firm might also just release the two minor-upgrade devices in September and leave the premium version for a later date.
But with all the technology that is causing the highly-anticipated smartphones delays, users should start preparing themselves to pay $1,000 for their iPhone 8 when it does finally launch.