Depending on who you believe the iPhone 8 may be in short supply come September. According to the Economic Daily News (via 9to5Mac), all three rumored next-generation iPhone models have yet to start mass production. The new 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 7s" models will not even begin production until August, and the iPhone 8 may not be available until November.
Every year there seems to be rumors that the next-generation iPhone is suffering from supply chain delays or shortages, and today a report from the Digitimes claims that the iPhone 8 is no different. This time the finger has been pointed at Samsung who is supplying the OLED panels for the new device.
According to supply chain sources, there will only be around 3-4 million OLED iPhone models available when Apple announces the new handset in September. "It will be difficult for Apple to ship up to 50-60 million OLED-based new iPhones in 2017," the sources indicated.
Accessory retailer MobileFun is already accepting pre-orders for iPhone 8 cases designed by the manufacturer Olixar. MobileFun told 9to5Mac that Olixar created the cases using “information and schematics they’ve acquired through their factories and contacts in the far east.”
If their contacts are correct, then the Olixar cases give us a glimpse of the upcoming form factor for the next-generation iPhone. Each case is designed to accommodate the slimmer bezels of the iPhone 8, and they all feature redesigned cutouts for the device's new camera, sensors and ports.
September is quickly approaching, along with Apple's latest iPhone launch. As leaks keep coming in, Apple looks ready to launch three new models this fall. While the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will receive modest updates, the real story is the flagship 10th-anniversary iPhone 8. According to Nikkei Asian Review, Wistron CEO Robert Hwang has confirmed two rumors regarding the upcoming device.
Apple supplier and camera lens provider Largan Precision confirmed today during a press conference that it is prepared to begin shipping lenses for 3D sensing in the second half of this year.
"We will have lenses for 3-D sensing ready to ship in the second half this year," said Adam Lin, Largan's chief executive (via via Nikkei).
Lin did not specify the company who ordered the shipment, but some experts believe the camera components are headed to Apple for the iPhone 8.