Apple iPhone 8 is believed to be back on track for a September launch window
iPhone 8 is purportedly back on track for a September release date.
The latest report from Economic Daily News has claimed that mass production of Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 7S is running smoothly, following rumours of delays and setbacks in the production pipeline.
According to the report, one of the biggest issues was the low yield rate of the circuit boards set to feature in all three new iPhone models.
Yields of these crucial components has apparently now been improved, allowing manufacturers to ramp-up production from next month.
Economic Daily News believes the iPhone 8 will be available for customers to pre-order in September, with smartphones shipping in October.
That’s bang on schedule for the iPhone, if past years are anything to go by.
The latest report follows a slew of rumours that Apple would push back the iPhone 8 release date, following production problems.
Analysts from Deutsche Bank last week predicted that the delays affecting the iPhone 8 would push the release date into 2018.
The next-generation Apple iPhone 8, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the best-selling smartphone range, will feature a radical new industrial design.
Apple is expected to drop the physical Home Button from the front of the iPhone 8, allowing display to extend to the edge of the chassis.
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The Cupertino-based company is purportedly planning to embed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner technology, which until now has been housed within the Home Button, underneath the edge-to-edge glass display.
And it is this design choice that was purportedly causing a headache for the production line.
Following a frustratingly low yield rate in its initial tests, Apple was reportedly considering other options, including moving the Touch ID fingerprint scanner to the rear of the phone, like the rival Samsung Galaxy S8.
Last month, Pacific Crest Securities published a research note that revealed Apple has yet to place a firm order with its chosen optical fingerprint module provider ahead of iPhone 8 production.
The next-generation iPhone 8 will be the same physical as the iPhone 7, but with a bigger display
According to the Pacific Crest Securities investors note, “The anticipated move to a full-screen OLED panel in the coming iPhone 8/X eliminates the physical home button, which necessitates a move to a virtual home button and an optical fingerprint sensing solution to read fingerprints through the OLED panel.
“At this point, we do not believe Apple’s optical fingerprint module provider has firm orders for production, which suggests Apple does not have functionality of the optical fingerprint sensor ready.”
Apple iPhone 8, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the best-selling smartphone range, will reportedly include an all-new glass design closer to the iPhone 4 than the current generation.
According to a research note from JPMorgan analysts, the iPhone 8 will add OIS – Optical Image Stabilisation – to both lens used in the rear dual-camera set-up.
Apple will also purportedly include 3D sensing facial recognition functionality in a dual front-facing camera set-up, as well as better speakers and enhanced waterproofing.
Apple is expected to debut the iPhone 8 alongside the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, which will feature only a few minor upgrades, in September.
According to JPMorgan, these iterative updates will have some slight aesthetic changes when compared to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
The analyst note claims Apple will move from anodised aluminium so that it can include wireless charging capabilities.