Compared with what they have done in the past years, Apple is expected to launch three new iPhone models in 2017. The circulating rumors say that Apple will be releasing a couple of updates to last year’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models.
Many, however, are looking forward to the new radical step Apple is taking this year with the device unofficially called iPhone 8.
In more recent reports, the iPhone 8 is said to launch later compared to the two other Apple devices. The reason behind this delay is because some of the innovative components of the device will not yet be ready for the September launch.
One of the features rumored to be included on the iPhone 8 is an OLED screen that will have a 3D camera system in front. This new feature will allow the device to detect depth of objects when they are in front of the iPhone 8. At the same time, it will be a vital tool for the facial recognition features rumored to be included on the smartphone.
According to iGeneration, STMicroelectronics, the manufacturer of the sensors will not be able to meet the demand for the mass production of the technology. Because of this, it will not be able to help Apple meet its goal of launching the device in September. Although the launch date is not confirmed, it is usually the time Apple announces a new iPhone model.
Just last week, it was reported that the iPhone 8 would start going into mass production in September. If this is the case, then the iPhone 8 supply chain would ramp up around July. This suggests that the device will not start selling until a few months after.
Other than the 3D camera and 5.8-inch OLED display, the iPhone 8 is said to have a bezel-less front, larger battery, and wireless charging. It is also rumored to be sold in 64 and 256 GB memory configurations with a price exceeding $1,000.