WSJ: Apple's Upcoming OLED iPhone Facing Multiple Production Issue May Lead To Supply Shortage And Shipping Delay

According to The Wall Street Journal report, Apple's upcoming OLED "iPhone 8" faced multiple production issues early in the manufacturing process, which is likely to result in "extended supply shortfalls and shipping delays." The production problems have led to a setback of "about a month" in Apple's manufacturing timetable, but Apple supplier Foxconn is ramping up development and working to hire new employees.

Today's report is nothing new with previous iPhone models delay report. As KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo being said for months that he expects the iPhone 8 will be hard to come by until early 2018, and we've heard several rumors pointing towards problems with the display lamination process and other high-tech components like the 3D sensor embedded at the front of the device. The Wall Street Journal pointed out that OLED assembly is the main reason for the delay.

Apple and its suppliers also ran into trouble manufacturing the OLED displays. The display modules are being produced in Vietnam by an affiliate of Samsung Electronics. Unlike the OLED display module in Samsung's own smartphones, in which the display and touch panel are integrated, iPhone's display module has the touch panel outside of the display, according to a person familiar with the technology.

The iPhone manufacturing process requires more steps and more layers of adhesive and protective film than are involved in Samsung's manufacturing process, the person familiar with the process said, creating a greater risk of manufacturing error.

The report also goes on with relay information we report yesterday: which a possible $1000 base price for the OLED model due to component costs, an OLED display for the first time. And even goes on several prior rumors suggested facial recognition technology for biometric security, and updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus form factor.

Customers are hoping to get an iPhone 8 as soon as possible, and they will want to pre-order the device right when it goes on sale. It's not entirely clear yet if the iPhone 8 will be available shortly after being introduced on September 12 or if the supply issues will lead Apple to delay shipments beyond September.

Via 9to5Mac And MacRumors, Image Via iDrop News

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