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KGI: iPhone 8 to Face Severe Supply Shortages Due to Production Difficulties

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According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the “iPhone 8” will face severe supply shortages due to manufacturing and production difficulties.

In a note to investors on Tuesday, Kuo said industry checks show signs of a “worst case scenario” for iPhone shipments, with the production of the hotly anticipated “iPhone 8” potentially delayed up to several months. Apple usually ramps production of its iPhone product in August or September to prepare for high demand during the annual fall launch cycle, which traditionally takes place in mid-September.

Apple usually ramps production of its iPhone product in August or September to prepare for high demand during the annual fall launch cycle, which traditionally takes place in mid-September. If the rumour is true, production ramp of the OLED-equipped iPhone variant could be pushed back as late as October or November.

The analyst did not specify what is delaying the production, but previous reports have suggested that it could be because of a delay in Samsung’s productions of OLED hardware for Apple. Other rumours have suggested that Apple is having difficulty with the Touch ID sensor.

Supply constraints are nothing new for Apple. When the iPhone 7 launched last year, the company experienced unusually high sales of the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus model. An even better example would be Apple’s AirPods, which were delayed two months due to unforeseen issues.

[via 9to5Mac]

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  • Riddlemethis

    I’ll gladly go to Vegas and wager against Kuo’s prediction that the 8 will delayed. While his track record is good, it’s not perfect.

  • OliChabot

    They’re starting early with the shortage rumors this year to make sure people fall for it before the launch.

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