Apple’s highly anticipated 2017 iPhone cycle is a matter of months away, and the supply chain reports are rolling in as production ramps up. The iPhone 8 is expected to be a major upgrade with a new bezel-less design, stainless steel and glass chassis, and an 5.8-inch OLED display.
There are always stories about iPhone delays, although this year it feels like we have had more than ever. A new report from Digitimes blames OLED panel supply as the latest bottleneck in the production process …
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The report cites ‘industry sources’ that suggest iPhone shipments are being held back by supply of OLED panels and yield rates at assembly.
Samsung will be the exclusive manufacturer of the panels for the OLED ‘iPhone 8’ (tentative naming) but it seems like output of the 5.8-inch panel is heavily constrained.
The report indicates only 3-4 million iPhone devices will be ready to ship by September, which is the typical launch window for new iPhones. Last year, Apple announced the iPhone 7 on September 7, 2016.
Judging from the current supply of OLED panels, it will be difficult for Apple to ship up to 50-60 million OLED-based new iPhones in 2017, the sources indicated.