Apple iPhone 8 release to delay until December, iPhone 7S and 7S Plus may still use LCD panels

Apple iPhone 8

Apple will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in the iPhone business this year and to mark this special event, the company will be releasing a fully redesigned iPhone 8 alongside the expected successors to the 2016 iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.

Usually, the company releases its new iPhones in September, which is less than two months away. While expectations are that the iPhone 8 will be released alongside the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus this September, latest reports say otherwise.

Apparently, the company is experiencing some issues with respect to parts’ supply, something that could mean the much hyped iPhone 8 launch might be delayed to Q4, probably somewhere in November. This will then be followed by a limited release in December, with more markets receiving the phone from Q1 2018 onwards.

With many OEMs opting for OLED panels for their high-end and midrange phones, the planned switch to OLED panels for the iPhone 8 has been dealt a massive blow. Apparently, the supply of these panels alongside other hardware parts is the leading cause of this change of plans. Furthermore, previous reports that had claimed the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus could also shift to using OLED panels will be affected by this shortage, something that could mean the two phones will stick to using LCD panels like their predecessors.

Mass production of the iPhone 7S family will kick off this coming month while those of the iPhone 8 will follow later in November. With this in mind, the planned launch of the former will not be affected, but due to the difficulties being experienced in terms of hardware supplies, it could mean the phones may face supply shortages.

Other than using an OLED panel, the iPhone 8 is also expected to ship with wireless charging, waterproofing as well as face recognition, a feature that throws some doubt on the continued existence of the Touch ID.

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