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The iPhone 8 Bottleneck That Could Delay Its Launch

13 April 2017

More and more reports seem to indicate that Apple's iPhone 8 might not be available in stores this coming September, which is usually when new iPhones arrive.

Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 flagship is expected to boast a laundry list of next-generation technologies, including a massive 5.8-inch OLED display, wireless charging, and advanced facial recognition enhanced by 3D imaging technology. The only service Apple provided users before was an offer to swap a harmed iPhone 6 Plus for a repaired one at a cost of around $519.

An excerpt from White's research note with investment banking firm Drexel Hamilton, obtained by Macrumours, claims "Our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3D sensing technology, but still in time for the December holidays". The company believes that Chinese OEMs (Huawei, Oppo, and Vivo) will likely introduce the technology before Apple (between when Apple announces the tech and a product hits the market) in the 1H18.

Apple and Samsung continue to rival for marketshare within the smartphone industry. Recalling a report from last week, Apple is reportedly facing some technical issues relating to the lamination process of curved OLED panels and delayed adoption of a 3D sensing system which is why the availability of the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 might be delayed a few weeks.

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Apple is indeed working to bring Touch ID into the display of the next iPhone, but it's proving to be a huge headache, suggests a new report from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri.

However, the claim was refuted later by analyst Steven Milunovich from UBS who stated that only the 256GB storage variant of iPhone 8 may cost around $950 or $1000. This would make iPhone 8 look very similar to the iPhone 4s. Second, Apple could move Touch ID to the back of the smartphone.

According to Express, there is some good news following the delay of the iPhone.