Come this Tuesday, the next generation Apple devices will be announced at an event to be held in California. With a few days left for the launch event, it looks like a lot of details regarding these smartphones are hitting the web every now and then.
The one device that is constantly appearing in the tech headlines is the iPhone 8, the tenth-anniversary edition model. The device is believed to arrive with radical design changes and superior features. Now, a recent report by The Wall Street Journal (via TechCrunch) states that the iPhone 8 might face manufacturing issues and will ship later than the usual schedule.
The report states that the reason behind the delay could be due to the complicated process involved in integrating the OLED display on the iPhone 8 with the TouchID embedded beneath it. Apple seems to be unsuccessful with this attempt and it is reported that the iPhone 8 will be launched without the TouchID sensor.
Even in the previous reports, it was claimed that the iPhone 8 will have an all-display front sans the physical TouchID. The delay in the release of the iPhone 8 could be due to the integration of the display and the touch panel separately instead of merging them together.
We have heard news regarding the delaying shipment of the iPhone 8 in the past from reliable sources such as Ming-Chi Kuo, the KGI Securities analyst. He predicted that the anniversary edition model will be released sometime in early 2018 as Apple will be able to reach a stable order and achieve a supply balance only then. Kuo also tipped that the iPhone 8 might be priced as high as $999.
However, the reports have hinted that only the iPhone 8 shipments will be delayed and that the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will be released as per the usual schedule. These phones are expected to go on sale starting from September 22 while the pre-orders are likely to start on September 15.