Mass production of Apple's OLED iPhone reportedly delayed to November-December

iPhone 8 concept (via Slashleaks

iPhone 8 concept (via Slashleaks


Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone 8 models this fall, but they might not be available on the market until later this year. While previous rumors claimed mass production for the new iPhones has already started, Chinese media reports the two main ODMs (Foxconn and Pegatron) are not yet ready to ramp up production.


Apparently, mass production for Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch LCD-version iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus is expected to commence in August, more than a month later than last year's iPhones.

Estimation is even bleaker for the OLED iPhone, as mass production for this particular version has been pushed back to November-December, shipping only in small volumes initially.

Foxconn is the main ODM for the OLED iPhone, as the company managed to secure 95% of orders for this version, as well as minimal volume orders for the 4.7- and 5.5-inch LCD models.

Pegatron is said to have landed 65% of orders for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, along with a small volume of the OLED model, while Wistron is supposed to manufacture the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus primarily.

source: Digitimes

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25 Comments

1. rebretz

Posts: 95; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

Sucks for Apple and Apple fans if true. Looks like Apple is going to run into the same problem Google had with AMOLED screens. Not enough to go around. I wonder if Apple will invest in LG OLED screen production for sure now like Google did?

10. khanhbee90

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

A funny comparision. Sales of iPhone is massive, much much bigger than demand of Google Pixel. If Google did not have enough AMOLED screens, it must be a joke or Google's production capacity is too weak.

13. rebretz

Posts: 95; Member since: Dec 26, 2011

You do realize Google didn't produce the OLED screens for the Pixel phones as they don't have any factories? They bought them from Samsung just like the majority of OEMs that use OLED screens. How do you not know this? This is why Google invested $800 million or so into LG's OLED factories and why Apple is rumored to be looking to invest upwards of $2 billion.

17. khanhbee90

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 03, 2015

Of course I know what you said. But why Google could not buy enough a small amount of OLED screens? Do you know the sales of Google Pixel, it's very very tiny. If the sales is quite high, it's reasonable. Don't compare it with iPhone. You made me laugh :)

19. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Lol, if Apple had difficulties producing enough iPhones due to a lack of sub par camera modules, a jet black color, or whatever BS they want to throw that year. To produce a qHD RGB AMOLED screen in even a few million is difficult as the only suppliers with decent enough tech are Samsung and LG. Samsung is just now beginning to scale capacity and without that Apple can't even pretend to make iPhones with AMOLED.

20. kiko007

Posts: 7385; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You used a whole lot of words just to say "f**k Apple". You could've saved me 30 seconds of my life by just saying that phrase.

24. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Kiko007 is a true defender of the Apple relm. Anyone who speaks I'll of the Apple kingdom, then kiko007, or one of his Knights (Bankz, myx, ...) are there to defend Apple at any cost. They will even give their life to the Apple kingdom. Now if I can only get kiko007 to give up his life.

25. kiko007

Posts: 7385; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You sound intoxicated... go lie down.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I think that time frame is on purpose, especially when they have come out with an iPhone 7s and 7s plus with the same design and screen sizes and resolutions for the 4 time. So Apple needs someone to buy their old designs still. They will be ready in the fall.

2. Tipus

Posts: 765; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

But but bankz said it will be out in september!!! #fakenews

5. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Could still be, Like some have said here this could be just Apple's PR department working over time to stir up people to [place their reservations and orders now since it there might be, perceivable, shortages. Its a smart marketing move. Again only time will tell.

23. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

By creating fake shortages​, you can also drive up the prices as well. Let's be real. The iPhone 7s and 7s plus won't see any shortages, especially when they are nothing more than updated iPhone 7's. But then again Apple is a great propaganda hype machine.

9. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Who the hell made him the authority Is he tim cook's nephew?

12. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

unfortunately Mr Bankz Hates anything Samsung and Loves anything Apple, which is understandable, However, he tends to be a bit hypocritical as anything that is a flaw with Apple he praises and overlooks when its the same with Samsung he goes on a rant and tends to be little anyone who likes a Samsung device.because of that same flaw. Frankly it childish since these are both multi-billion dollar companies that give a hoot about people like us whether it be Samsung, Apple, Google, Microsoft etc.. they just see us as another number so no matter how much we like them they could give a hoot about our lowly opinions as long as the have our cash. Best thing is to just get the device that suits your needs or the one you like. Tech is Tech. Best thing to do is to cal out these companies when they hurt the us public ( tax evasion, Job outsourcing to other countries, bad customer service, etc...) But bashing people for what they like and bashing one manufacture because of a flaw and praising another manufacture with the same flaw is childish and hypocritical.

16. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

He can go himself for all i care Isnt he the one giving gurantees that i8 wont be delayed by a single day

18. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Technically, it's not delayed until they announce a date and don't make it.

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! Dude stop, I'm CTFU!

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Well now it seems, if this is true, Apple will have to eat crow and run to Samsung for the rescue because again the name of the game is capacity. Tim Cook has to, by now, realize no matter how far he wants to run from Samsung it is impossible because the two have a symbiotic relationship.

14. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Samsung is making the OLEDs exclusively anyway.

4. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

I doubt it. It's the same rumors every single year, and yet, the iPhone is always released at the right time.

6. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1337; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Agreed, yet this time I think there might be some truth to the low yields for the iPhone 8 model. but nevertheless Apple may have planned for a limited run since this might be the most expensive iPhone yet. Again only time will tell

8. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

100 oercent agree with PhoneCritic. Where's there's smoke there's fire

7. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1789; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Meanwhile Note 8 is right on schedule...

11. NoAllegiance unregistered

If I was Tim Cook, I would release the first wave of iPhone 8's at a higher price (say it is an exclusive for those that cannot wait). There is bound to be about 1000 or more people willing to pay more, especially for Apple and Samsung users.

15. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

Another "scare" article. Cmon PA

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