iPhone 8 September Release Likely, But Shipping Could Be Delayed; New Phone Having Problems With 3D Camera
Apple is still on track with its target release date for the latest iPhones, which will be in September. Customers can still pre-order in time for the launch. However, shipping of the units may be delayed by a few weeks, according to Apple analyst Brian White.
Mac Rumors reports that White's contact believed that the shipping of the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by a few weeks as it is having issues with the 3D sensing technology. However, it will be shipped in time for the Christmas season. Since it is just April, the situation could still improve and customers can still pre-order the 5.7-inch iPhone 8, 4.7-inch, and 5.5-inch iPhones.
The research arm of Barclays also expected that Apple's first iPhone with OLED display will be launched in September. It, however, expects most of the stocks not to be available until the fourth quarter of 2017. For this reasons, shipping of the three phones namely the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Pro or iPhone Edition could be delayed to several weeks.
White further explained that the delay in the shipment is due to the problem of the iPhone 8 with the 3D sensing technology. Phone Arena reports that this new feature will allow the front-facing camera to recognize the face of a user to unlock the phone and verify identity. This technology will only be available in the 2017 Premium version of the iPhone. Samsung signed an agreement with Apple to provide 70 to 95 million OLED panels to iPhone 8.
White still believes that it is too early to make conclusions. So it will not come as a surprise if Apple does manage to deliver the iPhone 8 in time. The Next Web reveals that the new phone will come in three sizes and will come with an all-glass design with a steel frame. It will also come with wireless charging support.