Macotakara: Apple's OLED iPhone 8 not a sure thing yet, release date may be later than September

Macotakara: Apple's OLED iPhone 8 not a sure thing yet, release date may be later than September
Uh oh, despite the overwhelming amount of rumors from reputable analysts and publications that Apple will release an OLED iPhone 8 with a wraparound display of sorts, and without a home key in the fall, the Apple-centric Japanese blog Macotakara begs to differ. We will entertain their say, as those guys have been correct on many an Apple rumor in the past, and they now claim that the "iPhone Edition" will be released later than thought, and has not been finalized yet.

The thing is, Macotakara says, that all those analyst predictions about the OLED iPhone 8 are based on supply chain sources procuring parts for various prototypes of a special edition iPhone that are still in the EVT (Engineering Verification Testing) stage. This means that Apple still hasn't decided on the final look and feel, and is currently sourcing parts for the DVT (Design Verification Testing) stage, on which analysts are basing their memos to clients about Apple's 2017 plans. These parts include white ceramic, glass, metal, and other more or less exotic chassis materials, as well as both flexible OLED screens and IPS-LCD displays. They are also said to include designs with and without a Touch ID button, with face scanners, and so on.


What's really set in stone at Apple about this special edition iPhone, however, is tipped to be very limited. The basic features decided upon include ~5" screen, dual camera, Lightning port (no USB-C), plus wireless charging, and that's that, claims the source. All other features and the possible looks are apparently still up in the air, and Macotakara claims that this "edition" iPhone may be announced in September, together with the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, but the actual release date could be much later. Where does that leave the rumors that Apple has ordered tens of millions of OLED display panels to Samsung remains to be seen, but for now it's worth noting that the chances for an OLED iPhone 8 with wraparound panel being released in September are not one hundred percent.

source: Macotakara (translated)


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12 Comments

1. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Oh... Still 6 months. I'm just gonna wait 'till S8 release then.

2. Ray.S

Posts: 456; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Hmm, it looks like I may be in for another year with my perfectly functional and snappy iPhone 6.

7. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

I could do 3 years on my 6s plus. Probably makes sense when you think about it. Super smooth and battery life is great.

3. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

In otherwords, there'll be an iphone 8?

5. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

iPhone7s there is

4. Papa_Ji

Posts: 839; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Apple's pussy is in SAMAUNG hands.... So it depends on samsung what they want...

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

apple gives samsung money. without apple samsung will lose more money. its a lose lose situation for both companies.

6. HomerS

Posts: 419; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

So maybe iphone 7s and 7s Plus compete against Note 8 and iphone 8 against foldable Galaxy X.

9. drunkenjay

Posts: 1657; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

i do hope they bring out the oled iphone. i love oleds.

10. darkoman4

Posts: 183; Member since: May 30, 2014

Nothing surprising here. Apple always announce a product they don't want leaked a few months in advance.

11. kerginaldo17 unregistered

What happened to sacred retina display?

12. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

Pretty disappointing tbh. By the time I can get one the Galaxy S9 will be less than 3 months away from release.

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