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.
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.
Several designs for the 10th-anniversary iPhone have floated around in recent months, but now BGR is showcasing photos of a mockup. The model allegedly represents the final iPhone 8 design, which will launch alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. There are several changes coming to the iPhone 8, also known as the iPhone Edition.
A new supply chain report from Korea Economic Daily (via The Investor) supports claims that the iPhone 8 will ship with facial recognition capabilities. The report notes that LG Innotek "will supply facial recognition camera modules for the upcoming iPhone." The new camera will reportedly include the ability to sense the 3D space giving it face recognition, iris recognition and 3D selfie capabilities, according to Apple analyst KGI Ming-Chi Kuo via 9to5Mac.