Apple will reportedly ship only 3 to 4 million units of the iPhone 8 this year

The reason behind this is said to be the low yield rate of OLED panels for the iPhone 8.


The Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are expected to launch later this year. Since it’s the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone, there’s been a lot of attention particularly with hopes of a radical design change. The key highlight seems to be an OLED display and Touch ID sensor embedded under it are however being the reasons for an expected delay in the availability of the iPhone 8. A new report now states that low yields of the OLED display for the iPhone 8 will result in just 4 million units ready during its launch.

According to DigiTimes (spotted by MacRumors), industry sources have predicted that the yield rates of OLED panels for the iPhone 8 are currently low and this would lead to a limited supply of the iPhone 8. Going by its schedule, Apple would launch the iPhone 8 around September. It is known that Samsung will be supplying majority of OLED panels for the iPhone 8 with Apple reportedly having placed an order for 70 million OLED panels. The report further states that although Samsung has assured in supplying enough OLED panels, Apple will be able to ship only 3 to 4 million units of the iPhone 8 this year. In addition to this, industry sources predict that due to this issue Apple will face difficulties in shipping up to 60 million units of the iPhone 8.

Except for the OLED panels, supply of other components are said to be on schedule and with the right number. Apple is said to have started receiving related parts from chipset suppliers, and its iPhone assemblers namely Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron are doubling its workers to fasten production. TSMC which is supplying the A11 processors to Apple for the iPhone 8 witnessed its revenues increase by 20 percent as the shipments began. With multiple reports citing the same reasons repeatedly, the iPhone 8 may end up being limited for sale in its initial phase. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 design compared to iPhone 7 Plus in new images, video

Adding to the supply woes, Apple could very well delay the launch of the iPhone 8 overall due to problems caused by the Touch ID sensor. Apple is aiming for an edge-to-edge OLED display with the Touch ID sensor placed under it. Many leaked images also show renders of the iPhone 8 without a rear fingerprint sensor thus confirming the possibility of an under-screen Touch ID sensor and edge-to-edge OLED display. Apple’s sample designs of the iPhone 8 are reportedly not responding well to the Touch ID sensor embedded underneath the display. Apple has probably never faced such amount of pressure and expectations as it is now for the iPhone 8. It remains to be seen what Apple does come out with for its anniversary edition of the iPhone. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 display embedded Touch ID sensor causing delays: Reports

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  • Published Date: June 28, 2017 12:01 PM IST