Insiders claim only 4 million iPhone 8 units will be available at launch


Stop us if you've heard this one before: Apple is reportedly having some trouble with the iPhone 8's manufacturing. Today's doom alarm was sounded by Digitimes, who, citing unnamed industry sources, claims the iPhone 8 may suffer from shortages due to poor yield rates at OLED panel plants. Curiously, this news comes despite reports of Apple suppliers actively ramping up production and recruiting new workers to meet the increased demand.

Meanwhile, Samsung Display, which is the main supplier of the iPhone 8's display panels, is said only be able to produce 3-4 million units before the device's official unveiling, which is expected to happen this September. As a result of this problem, expectations are low that Apple will manage to successfully ship the 50-60 million projected iPhone 8 units until the end of the year.

If these prediction actually fall in line with reality, though, this would be a sure recipe for a disaster similar to the one we saw with the release of the AirPods, which suffered from massive shortages months after release. Sure, this is the worst-case scenario, and it's also extremely unlikely Apple would let such a problem befall its best-selling product, but with all the reports about the company's troubles securing components, things sure aren't looking bright.

And let's not forget the R&D troubles the company has reportedly been having as well: the much-rumored in-screen fingerprint scanner may not actually make it into the final product, despite being arguably the best new alleged feature of the device. Or in other words, Apple may have aimed a little too high this time, and is now reaping what it has sown.

Well, it's either this, or people are simply blowing small production hiccups way out of proportion – we'll just have to see now, won't we?

source: Digitimes via MacRumors

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35 Comments

1. dubaiboy78

Posts: 442; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So whaaaat

2. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Well its a good thing if iphone8 turns into a haphazard fiasco

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7042; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

What kills me is they are blaming Samsung for the slow production. Yet Samsung has been ramping up it's oled production for years. Yet only 3-4 million panels will be ready by then. As if, Samsung is able to produce 300 million OLED smartphone panels a year now. From what has been leaked already Apples OLED panels are just straight panels. No curves what so ever. So this is more propaganda to pump up the hype to get more preorders.

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

"So this is more propaganda to pump up the hype to get more preorders." Good catch!

32. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 11. trojan_horse (Posts: 4228; Member since: 06 May 2016) "So this is more propaganda to pump up the hype to get more preorders." Good catch! ========================================== seems like apple been doing the "we are only selling a limited amount" lately...to get people into thinking they need to get the new iphone or lose out...LOL if u ask me, apple knows how to deceive people, as well as the court LOL

23. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Samsung can't produce 300 million older AMOLED panels because in past years they have upgraded there manufacturing units for new a high quality AMOLED panels. But......But...... Have you noticed this year is using IPS display (J5, J7 max....) in most of there budget phone.. Why??? Because Samsung gathering all those lower quality AMOLED for iCrap 8.

3. NoAllegiance unregistered

This is a good reason for them to push the price up. I was going to suggest $969 for 128GB and $1069 for 256GB, but that seems unlikely now.

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Only 4 million iSheep will be able to get iPhone 7+ with vertically rotated Camera and left out AMOLD panels of Galaxy S5.

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

Butthurt???? huh..

17. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

He is not butthurt at all. Apple has been using LG's worst displays for 10 years. Now they are going to use Samsung's worst OLED displays for another 10. They don't care enough about sheep like you to pay for the good stuff. It's all about volume and profits and buying the best stuff hurts both areas. These are all facts.

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Stupid mongrel troll, please explain what is a AMOLD panel.

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@ctdog4748, a.k.a "apple-rulz. You're in no position to call someone out for trolling... PSince you troll Samsung relentlessly, then don't you think it's time we return you the favor?

13. ahmuzencab

Posts: 192; Member since: May 12, 2017

You're all a bunch of children. God these comments and attitudes are soooo cringey

14. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Whatever floats your boat, dude... not sure why you're replying this to my post.

22. apple-rulz

Posts: 1944; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

trojan horse AKA darkkjedi my goal is to harass you android trolls, you a ss holes have ruined these forums for everyone, now I will haunt you until you stop posting your crap, or k!ll yourselves from my unrelenting pressure.

33. razmahtaz001

Posts: 501; Member since: May 11, 2013

re: 22. apple-rulz (Posts: 128; Member since: 27 Dec 2016) trojan horse AKA darkkjedi my goal is to harass you android trolls, you a ss holes have ruined these forums for everyone, now I will haunt you until you stop posting your crap, or k!ll yourselves from my unrelenting pressure. ===== iphones rulz at lags...and iphonies say they don't lag LOL Troubleshoot when your Apple iPhone 6 Plus slows, freezes, or turns ...https://support.sprint.com/...iPhone-6...freezes.../WTrendTroubleshootingGuide_542_... Aug 3, 2016 - This article helps troubleshoot your Apple iPhone 6 Plus slowing, freezing, or turning off unexpectedly. You may have performance issues if ... 10 Common iPhone 6 Problems & How to Fix Them - Gotta Be Mobilehttps://www.gottabemobile.com › Apple Feb 15, 2017 - We've noticed occasional keyboard lag on the iPhone 6 when shooting off an email or iMessage. While there isn't a cure all for this issue, ... Lagging and Freezing on iphone 6 ios 8.4 | Official Apple Support ...https://discussions.apple.com/thread/7129470?start=0&tstart=0 Jul 14, 2015 - I have Iphone 6. I got iOS 8.4 few days and most of the time, my screen animations and apps start to lag majorly. The screen freezes ... iPhone 6 screen freezes after iOS 10.3.1 update Apr 7, 2017 iPhone 6+ freezes constantly with iOS 10 Oct 8, 2016 iPhone6 freeze after iOS 10 update Oct 7, 2016 iPhone 6 slow, freezes, unresponsive Feb 4, 2015 More results from discussions.apple.com How To Fix A Lagging iPhone | Technobezzhttps://www.technobezz.com › Tech -How To's › iPhone Lagging issues on iPhone may occur for a number of reasons. The iPhone has a tendency to experience a lot of freezing due to various reasons. Does your ... People also ask What do you do when your iPhone 6 freezes? How do you turn on an iPhone 6 Plus? How do I turn off my frozen iPhone 6? How do I get my iPhone 6 Plus to unfreeze? Feedback iPhone 6S Lagging Freezing Issue - iKreamhttps://www.ikream.com/2015/12/iphone-6s-lagging-freezing-issue-23723 Dec 21, 2015 - ... Freezing Issue. by Chad December 21, 2015, 6:42 pm ... Today we will tackle the iPhone 6S lagging freezing issue. ... If you own an iPhone 6S or any other iPhone model for that matter then feel contact us using this form. How to deal with iPhone 6 freezes — Apple World Todayhttps://www.appleworld.today/blog/2015/8/4/how-to-deal-with-iphone-6-freezes Aug 5, 2015 - For months, I've been using my iPhone 6 Plus with no problems. Recently, however, it began randomly freezing on me. If you've experiencing ... Fix iOS 9 Slow Performance & Lag with Three Easy Tips - OS X Daily osxdaily.com/2015/09/18/slow-ios-9-speed-up-tips/ Sep 18, 2015 - My iphone 6 become laggy And slaggish after update ios9. .... No freezing, no crashes and most importantly for me no annoying delay between ... iPhone Keyboard Lag, Not Working? How-To Fix - AppleToolBox appletoolbox.com › How-to Mar 1, 2017 - Their keyboards just freeze and become super laggy! ... 1.3.3 Restart your

12. Youngquenga41

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 03, 2017

The left over trash that apple is getting.

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Well the S5 had a Super AMOLED display. I serious doubt it will be a SAMOLED. But I am thinking the quality of the display will be on par with the S6. Apple likes to buy 3 year old stuff causes it cheap. So the S6 panels would be an option, but a non-SAMOLED variety.

26. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Keep dreaming liar.....

28. Iodine

Posts: 1474; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

I will tell you what display it's going to be It will be a retina display, the best one ever on an iPhone. So much talking about obvious things.

29. Afterlife

Posts: 9; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Iodine please explain to me retina display. It's just a name nothing special just 750p display. Not even 1080p on the 4.7 inch iphone hahahahahah

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 30904; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's low for an iPhone. I wonder why...

34. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

because the profit margin isn't that great? or because their phone designs is years behind competition, so they need to mass produce this "concept" to proof that they're still relevant.. probably they didn't even planning to launch iPhone8 this year to begin with.. they forced to make something because the media hyping them to release something special for 10th anniversary since last year...

6. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

This is just BS. Apple will never ever let anything like that happen.

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yet every year....thery never make enough phone. Because they suck and don't invest much money into getting more made. Every year they make one phone and every year, after pre-order sales, order begin to take as long as 8 to 12 weeks before you get a fresh supply just to fill PREORDERS. So your BS claim Apple won't let this happen? They do the carp on purpose!

24. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

As usual liar showing his inferiority against iPhone.

15. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Next year all along or just a prototype. Apple is smart though. So this is why Apple was ready to give up all that $$$$$$$ they would have given up from iPhone 7s stand alone release sales. They are not, sheep like Bankz and NCTX will now have to buy the IPhone 7s UNTIL they can get their hand on an iPhone 7s with an OLED display. Genius! And these fake time released leaks did a great job of preventing people from jumping ship to a sexier Android phone so far. Bravo Apple. You know your female dogs like Bankz very well.

16. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

Similar thing happened with the iPad 2. Couldn't get them in the UK for months. They had them in shops but they were just demo units. When you see it and can't have it you just want it more. Not sure how long until they came back into stock, we bought one on holiday while in the US. That was over 6 months after the launch.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course. Purposely shorting stock, makes fool run out an buy whatever is available. Since not enough can buy that year, it creates demand for it next year. Apple knows it flock very well. $250B+ and can't even have reasonable supply for just one phone model. Yet Samsung makes 50+ models and you rarely every hear about shortages. Then the fools will claim the phone is worth $1000 because its in limited supply! Haha...gonna be a circus when this phone is released.

21. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Agree with you 200%

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