iPhone 8 release date will be indefinitely delayed, according to latest report despite a notoriously reliable Apple analysts claimed that the iPhone will launch in September.
Looking back at another day or week of news, rumors, speculations and leaks from Apple, this week’s tons of interesting headlines includes the iPhone 8 delays, the leaked features of the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus models, Apple removing Touch ID, iOS 11 mobile operating system imaging tweaks and more.
KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo’s claimed that the iPhone 8 will, as a matter of fact, be unveiled in time alongside the less-impressive iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus later this fall. Kuo further said that the initial supply of the much-awaited iPhone 8 flagship smartphone will be vastly limited and Apple may limitedly be able to manufacture “between 2 million and 4 million” during the current quarter.
“The OLED version will be in short supply as we forecast shipments in 3Q17 will be 2-4mn units or less. We do not think production of the OLED iPhone will pick up substantially before 4Q17; and given strong demand, tight supply may persist until 1Q18 before improving much.”
To put this in perspective, Apple, the world’s most valuable company in terms of market capital, sold 41 million units of iPhones in Q3 2017 and the freshly released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus accounted for nearly 25 million of the former figures despite only being on sale for a few weeks.
Given that the iPhone 8 is the first drastically radical design of the Apple’s flagship handset since the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus generation in 2014, limiting it to 2-4 million units could cause uproar. Moreover, Apple sold over 45 million units of iPhones in fourth quarter of 2016, so if stock remains heavily limited until Q1 2018 despite the high demands as Kuo predicts, then the crucial holiday season most especially Christmas period is at risk.
Now Apple is allegedly beefing more uniquely new features to the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus from the iPhone 8. All three impending handsets will be shipping with real glass covering, one of the many reasons switching to the more expensive glass is to allow an electric charge to pass through the outer back panel. Inductive charging doesn’t work with an aluminum component.
The online community has seemingly settled on iPhone 7S, iPhone 7S Plus, and iPhone 8 names – or at least those are the terms you need to search out or track any news, rumors and leaks. That doesn’t mean Apple will stick with those names. There’s more than enough evidence from previous launches that Tim Cook has something else in mind:
The Touch ID, the biometric fingerprint sensor on the past four generations of iPhones, reportedly be ditched out from the iPhone 8. The removal of the conventional home button, Touch ID would have needed a new area in any case.
As leaked suggests from the HomePod’s HomeKit firmware, the Cupertino will instead move all iPhone 8 security biometrics to ‘Face ID’ – a new infrared-equipped 3D facial scanner that will confidentially work better than Samsung’s inconsistent implementation in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus and in the upcoming Note 8 which struggles in bright light sources like sunlight, low light and when a user wearing glasses/sunglasses.