iPhone 8 won't be delayed due to OLED supply shortage, Samsung to start production on schedule

iPhone 8/X concept image

iPhone 8/X concept image


Samsung Display is expected to start the production and shipments of OLED panels for the iPhone 8 without any delays, according to The Bell

The media's latest report reveals that Samsung's display division will place orders for key panel components by the end of this month. This way, panel assembly can start in May and shipping can commence in early June, which is right on schedule

The latest information is in stark contrast with earlier rumors which indicated that Apple's first OLED iPhone could be delayed by a few months due to supply shortages. Sources within the industry say that the concerns over the panel output might have been deliberately exaggerated in order to create fake news. 

As you may know, Apple is widely rumored to introduce 3 iPhone models for 2017, with a 5.8-inch Super AMOLED iPhone 8/X being the cream of the crop. Samsung has been elected as Cupertino's sole OLED panel supplier, as it is the only manufacturer capable of keeping up with Apple's huge demand. The two corporations recently signed a two-year contract for $9 billion which requires Samsung to ship between 70 and 92 million screen panels to Apple in 2017 alone.

However, analysts are still not certain whether this new superphone will be able to accommodate all of Apple's ambitions in terms of features. Speaking to The Investor, UBI Research analyst Jang Hyun-jun stated that Tim Cook & Co. envision a screen that will cover the handset's entire front body:


Apple also wants to implement a design with more aggressive curvature compared to the S8 as well as on-screen fingerprint scanning. However, the actual implementation of this technology is very much dependent on the display maker's capabilities. Samsung also harbored ambitions of embedding the fingerprint scanner in the display of the Galaxy S8/S8+, but technological issues forced the Seoul-based tech giant to ultimately move the component to the back of the device. 

Meanwhile, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (AKA the iPhone Guru due to his accurate forecasts) also came up with a report for Apple's next flagships today. Kuo agrees that all three models will be announced in September as usual, but he also adds that there will be a delay of 1-2 months in the production ramp up for the OLED iPhone:


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40 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

"Apple is asking for a higher-end display panel than that for the S8... Depending on the adoption, the phone’s launch schedule could be adjusted." - REALLY? you're already starting to call that the panels sammy will make for iphone will be better than the ones for the galaxy series?? Unbelievable. Then please state that the current IPS panels used in iphones since the begining are so low and bad that they never stood a chance against oled ones.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

This probably means that the iphone will be coming with the under glass fps, yay and a source told me that the 3d facial recognition that apple are employing will recognize your face immediately u start looking at it and that the volume buttons will be touch sensitive. Meanwhile long distance charging is in the cards except that the fcc haven't yet approved.

16. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You're on to something. I've also heard that the column buttons are touch sensitive. My only issue is this working with certain cases. I guess they would have to leave the side with the buttons wide open.

31. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

That was actually on of my thoughts when I heard about the HTC Ocean/ U 11. Buying a case, for the most part, has become a given nowadays.

18. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, my sources tell me that that is all BS and none of that stuff will make it into the iPhone.

21. kiko007

Posts: 7491; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Lol...what sources do you have? You're a f**king forum poster... sit your ass down and be quiet.

10. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Can't wait for Samsung to pull out that, "We have a supply shortage" card and screw Apple in the pentalobe.

14. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

they would just be screwing themselves over.

35. whqhdrbs

Posts: 36; Member since: Feb 12, 2017

I honestly think Apple needs to bring out something solid this time, if it comes out disappointing people it will start losing customers to Samsung because Samsung's working with a number of SW companies now like MS,Facebook,Amazon,Google which I think will be a serious threat to Apple.

37. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, calm down. We understand It's Galaxy season with the S8. Don't you worry about Apple and the iPhone. The reason we did not get the redesigned iPhone last year was because of the 10th anniversary this year. It has nothing to do with Apple falling behind. Apple is one of if the richest companies in the world. There is nothing they can't get if needed. The problem is mass producing it at the volumes that they sell phones. As for competing with the S8.....all they would have to do is stretch the screen and put Touch ID on the back and nothing would change from last year when they broke records in sales. They will definitely do more, but you get the idea. The S8 offers no new tech over last year Note and S line. We've all seen it before. What about the Note 8 you ask? The will just add dual cameras and an S pen......

2. twens

Posts: 1165; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Waiting patiently to make a choice between this and note 8

3. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

there's no comparison dude... either you like iphone or note 8. both are so different ... it's like choosing between a lada and a tesla and the tesla being the note 8.

5. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

lol thats cute.

12. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Yeah right....you do know Tesla's overheat driving above 120mph right? Driving it at that speeds for over 30mins would make the batteries overheat. Not saying it's not a good car, but it has problems of its own. I would rather have a m5 at that price point, or a Porsche Panamera hybrid. Way better in every way except saving a bit of fuel money. Back to the topic. The iPhone 8 looks very nice. I don't think there is much competition either. Not because the note 8 would be better, but because the die hard people like you, who likes the note series more won't give any iPhone a second eye, vice versa for iPhone die hard fans. But, you can't really argue that iPhones have always sold better than s series, a plus series, s edge series, and note series combine. That does mean something? At least we know more people are tempted to buy the iPhone than Samsung flagships?

40. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

120mph!? That's almost double the maximum speed limit you'd see on a highway here in Canada...

20. drunkenjay

Posts: 1647; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

its true but one is ios and one is android. im thinking the same as twens.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1889; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Of course it won't.lol These articles are hilarious.

6. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

it would be a shame... if there was a manufacturing defect when it comes to these iphone screens... I wonder if people will make it a big deal like the note 7

7. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

the note 7 blew up...

8. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Apple presstitutes like the authors of this site would try their best to divert unsuspecting reader's attention to something else. Heck, they probably wouldn't even mention it...

25. AlikMalix unregistered

Dude you're such a sheep. You're mad at tech sites for reporting the worst widespread defect and oversight in mobile history - but you should be angry at Samsung for putting families at risk all over the world, then lie that they fixed it when they didn't, and again put families at risk while destroying personal property. Re-evaluate yourself and your damn aligience to this company. They messed up - effing admit it - don't deflect blame on tech sites for reporting it. Samsung deserves this continuous punnishment not because they messed up the first time, but because they didn't even fix it but pushed it onto public after the first recall - that was shameless - and they fell on their face because of it. Look at the news today - Samsung got record preorders for the new phone - if that was Apple customers you and your heard of sheep would be chanting how blind Apple buyers are - but look at Samsung buyers - after destroyed cars and property they're lignin up for the next product - how would you generalize that if that was Apple? Do you see yourself yet?

30. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Lol, are you that drunk on apple koolaid today? So many retarded assumptions in that wall of text that simply have nothing to do with what I posted. Get sober then re-read and comprehend the OP's question and my response before responding...

32. AlikMalix unregistered

You're trying to say that editors specifically mention note 7 screwup and that they shouldn't. Why?

34. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Uhm, where exactly did you get that implication from my response? Nothing wrong with bringing up the Note 7 issue where it's relevant, but when the same happens to apple's devices, these apple presstitutes won't even bother reporting it regardless of how significant it is, that's my point. Or what excuse do you have for them not reporting these incidents involving their divine fruit phone: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3950126/Teenage-girl-s-bedroom-destroyed-inferno-sparked-left-iPhone-charging-overnight.html http://www.ibtimes.com/apple-iphones-exploding-chinese-users-complain-shanghai-consumer-council-2455647 https://www.yahoo.com/tech/iphone-6s-reportedly-explodes-post-085214234.html

36. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Did you even read the 3rd link? LOL. "On Friday, a customer's iPhone 6s starting spewing smoke immediately after it was unplugged from charging. It then went up in flames, according to Phonearena." http://www.phonearena.com/news/Apple-iPhone-6s-explodes-after-charging_id89087 tsk tsk...

38. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, and where are the other two (especially the first given how severe it is) plus this one: https://goo.gl/KAjnD3 tsk tsk...point still stands.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Apple asking for a higher end panel vs the S8? That's a lie. But then again. If they paid $9B for just 100M panels more or less, that certainly comes in at a higher cost vs what Samsung is presently using. I am guessing. Apple is buying OLED panels. Samsung phones use SuperAMOLED. I have yet to see a phone outside of Samsung's that have SAMOLED panels. Apple asking is one thing. Apple getting is another. Its an analyst. Let's wait for DisplayMate tests to confirm. No matter how much Apple is willing to pay, I don't see Samsung allowing Apple to buy better product than what they sell in their own phones. I can get on my knees and ask God for $1M. Receiving that is a whole different ballgame! Analyst. Like weathermen they get paid to be wrong 50% of the time. Must be a nice job!

13. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1182; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Apple designs the panels, Samsung manufactures it. There's quite bit of difference there. Not to mention Apple can implement their own patent in those panels while Samsung cannot use those technology for their own. Will it be better? No idea, have to wait and see when it is released and tested. But I don't think Apple disappoints when it comes to display and GPU etc

17. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Dude, I think the higher men's part has to do more with cameras and sensors being behind the screen, not the actual look of the display. That's why Kuo mentioned "custom display". The S8 has none of those features which would make the Apple version "higher end".

26. arming

Posts: 65; Member since: Jul 23, 2016

nothing to design here , its amoled made by samsung . apple could call it retina oled or some lame marketing terms , a moderate tech guy would know what is going on .nothing to patent beside the name they gonna use on samsung's oled

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