September has become the Christmas of the mobile calendar year as we can always expect a new iPhone from Apple, but that may change this year due to a technical issue.
According to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News – via DigiTimes – Apple may need to delay the iPhone 8 to either October or November of this year due to technical issues related to the lamination process of curved OLED panels. Another rumor has been circulating recently that Apple has ordered 70 million OLED panels from Samsung, so this is probably why this new story is in play.
Sources within the supply chain are keeping an eye out to see if Apple begins to pull in the other components it needs to build the new handset on the regular schedule which would mean sometime in June. If those orders slip past the normal window, then we would have a pretty early indication if the delay is indeed happening.
Good things come to those who wait
If Apple needs to hold the iPhone back by a month or two, while disappointing, it won’t mean the end of the world. If it means getting the lamination process correct, then it will be a good thing as we’re sure no one wants to see the cover of their screen bubbling or fraying at the edges after they’ve waited all year for the new release.
With this being the tenth anniversary of the iPhone entering the market, it seems fairly safe to say that Apple is going to go all out this year to deliver a new version of the iPhone, and if it means an extra month or two to get it right, so be it.