IPhone 8 may get delayed due to 3D sensing tech

Rumours have long claimed that the iPhone 8 will feature an overhauled 5.8in display as Apple looks to mark the tenth anniversary of the original device's launch.

Apple is expected to release its newest flagship in September, given its past trends of doing rollouts in that month. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple has already placed order for 70 million OLED panels with Samsung for use in this year's handsets-the premium iPhone 8 models. For example, 3D sensing will allow a user to open their iPhone with their face in a secure manner (cannot be tricked with a photo) and approve payment on Apple Pay, while potentially negating the need for proximity sensors that are used when holding the iPhone near one's ear. Therefore, iPhone 8 is tiptoeing on the possibility of delaying its official release date to 2018.

Earlier this week we noted a story from DigiTimes suggesting that shipments may be delayed several weeks for the new iPhone everyone expects to launch in September.

Brian White with Drexel Hamilton, who rates Apple (AAPL) shares a Buy and has a $185 price target, today offers up some tidbits about what some think may be a delay in the arrival of the next version of the iPhone, presumably an "iPhone 8", presumably to be announced in September. Ironically, its great rival Samsung will be intimately involved in the plans for the iPhone 8, with Apple intending to utilize the Korean corporation as a major supplier.

While nothing is ever a guarantee until Apple makes it official, there's good reason to believe that the iPhone 8 will represent one of the biggest leap forwards in iPhone technology we've seen in years.

The source also states that only the iPhone 8 will feature an OLED display, while the 7s's will be LCDs as until now, which seems to the consensus between people in the know. According to DigiTimes, Apple has signed a $9 billion contract with Samsung for the display units. Having said that, there have been a number of interesting rumors regarding the iPhone 8's retail price over the past few weeks.

The Californian tech giant could have notable difficulties with this OLED issue leading them to postpone the launch of their new iPhone product. Producing an outstanding device is the best way to celebrate the event!

Pacific Crest analyst Andy Hargreaves believes that the future is bright for Apple, and is positive about the potential of the iPhone 8.

Specifically, UBS believes that the entry level iPhone 8 - with 64GB of storage - will be priced in the $870 range.

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Even the iPhone 7 Plus, which saw a $20 price rise from the 6 Plus, "has had more demand than any other Plus model released".

  • Carolyn Briggs