The iPhone 8 is expected to be launched in a few months but some fans may struggle to get hold of one.
The reason is that the Cupertino company will only have three or four million available for shipment by the expected launch date in September.
This may sound quite a lot, but demand is expected to in the region of 50-60 million so there will be lots of disappointed people.
‘Industry sources’ claim that the delay is more than just short supply of OLED panels and that assembly rates could also be blamed.
Pegatron and Wistron have made huge efforts to bring in more workers to cope with assembly issues but appears that it was ‘too little, too late’.
It was revealed to Nikkei Asian Review in April that 70 million OLED had been ordered from Samsung earlier this year and this tallied with a previous prediction from David Hsieh, senior director at research company IHS Markit.
“Apple has ordered 70 million units of OLED panels from Samsung this year, while Samsung is preparing to churn out as many as 95 million for Apple in 2017, in case demand exceeds expectations,” Hsieh said.
Samsung refused to comment to Nikkei Asian Review stating that were unable to reveal customers’ orders.
As we know, there have been lots of leaks about the new device with most of them relating to the placement of the Touch ID sensor and the edge-to-edge screen.
As we keep reminding readers, we will have to wait and see what the new device is really like once it is launched later this year.