According to a DigiTimes report, Apple’s next generation ‘iPhone 8’ is expected to enter production much earlier than anticipated, with industry sources suggesting that production parts and components for this year’s iPhone models will start delivering in the first quarter of 2017, much earlier than the schedule in previous years.
Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has previously said that Apple will release two ‘iPhone 7s’ models and an ‘iPhone 8’ with OLED display in September this year. Industry sources have now claimed that in addition to an OLED screen, the ‘iPhone 8’ will come with wireless charging and iris scanning technology.
Furthermore, Taiwanese suppliers involved in the production of the rumoured ‘iPhone 8’ have said that companies will start working on OLED panel bonding for the device by the end of first quarter.
“Apple has requested its chip and component suppliers start trial production, inspection and prepare inventories for the new iPhone series earlier than usual, said the sources. Deliveries of chips and parts for the new models are expected to kick off in the second half of first-quarter 2017, the sources indicated.
Apple is more active in placing chip orders for the 2017 iPhone series, and has set more stringent inspection requirements for related chips, components, modules and mechanical parts, according to sources at analog IC vendors”.
The report also notes that Apple has ordered a big quantity of OLED panels from Samsung Display.