Digitimes reports that the 3D Touch module in the OLED iPhone will cost $15, a 60% increase over existing modules in the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. This supports the idea that the OLED iPhone 8 will cost significantly more than previous iPhones.
Specifically, the report says hat the OLED iPhone will make use of a thin film touch sensor overlaid onto an AMOLED display supplied by TPK Holdings. Manufacturing will ‘begin’ in the fourth quarter, again, supporting rumors that the iPhone 8 will launch much later than previous iPhones.
Digitimes goes on to say that Apple will be using a different 3D Touch sensor due to using an AMOLED panel. It will require a more ‘complicated manufacturing process’ which would cost more to manufacture. Digitimes says that it costs Apple $9 to manufacture the 3D Touch panel on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and will cost Apple $15 for the iPhone 8.