Apple is probably in a panic mode right now as there have been numerous reports of the iPhone 8 production hitting roadblock after roadblock. Now, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has put in his two cents on what exactly is happening within Apple.
In a report by 9to5Mac, Kuo says that Apple might not start the mass production of the iPhone 8 until much later. The original plan, according to the analyst, was to start mass production of the phone around August or September. Now, it would seem that this might get pushed sometime in October or November due to various reasons.
iPhone 8 delays
One of the reasons why the manufacturing will be delayed is the production difficulties on some of the new components for the said phone. Top of which is the display-embedded TouchID sensor that has been reported to cause its manufacturers much headache.
This bit of news only means that Apple is going for the embedded fingerprint sensor instead of the one mounted at the back of the phone. Furthermore, based on Kuo’s pronouncements, it would seem that even the other hardware components of the iPhone 8 are affected by some manufacturing issues.
Another reason for the delay is possibly the 10nm production node issues that TSMC has been having for a long time. A few months ago, it was reported that TSMC has been experiencing very low yield on its 10nm process due to some technical difficulties. Since the rumored A11 chip of the iPhone 8 is based on the 10nm process node, it is highly likely that its yield is also affected by the issue.
iPhone 8 release date
Because of the delay, Apple will not be able to launch the iPhone 8 anytime this year. Perhaps it could still push for a December limited release. However, this is less likely to happen as Apple would not want to release the device half-baked.
Evidently, the supposed release date is now sometime in the early months of 2018. Nevertheless, consumers can still look forward to the iPhone 7 upgrades sometime in September.
Impacts of iPhone 8 delay on Apple
The iPhone 8 delay can impact Apple in more ways than one. Top of which is it might lose a lot of opportunity to get ahead of the competition especially on the Android market. From now until the end of the year, there are a number of Android phone makers who will be releasing their respective flagship products.
Furthermore, its arch-rival, Samsung, is scheduled to release another flagship phone sometime between September and October this year. Samsung will definitely use Apple’s predicament to its advantage to peddle the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
Another possible repercussion is Apple might lose customers as they start to get impatient about the iPhone 8. The delay would be enough for them to make a switch especially when Samsung also offers premium phones that are within the iPhone’ price range.
iPhone 8 specs
Based on the new report, it would seem that Apple has chosen to employ an embedded fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 8. Perhaps it deemed it impractical to put the TouchID sensor at the back of the phone.
In terms of external design, there are rumours flying around about the alleged dummy model for the iPhone 8. In the said leak, it can be seen clearly that the phone will have a stainless steel frame sandwiched by two glass panels. The display, or what it seems to be, covers the entire front part of the phone with the absence of the phial button very evident.
At the back of the dummy, one can clearly see that the cameras are arranged vertically instead of horizontally.
Of course, all of these are mere speculations made by Kuo based on market research. Readers are urged to take this with a grain of salt. For more updates on the iPhone 8, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.