Low Supply of OLED Panels Could Restrict Initial Production of iPhone 8 to 3-4 Million

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Producing a truly remarkable gadget is no easy feat today, especially when the gadget is none other than the upcoming iPhone 8 from Apple. That the company is facing some road blocks in meeting the usual timeline of the phone release is quite well-known.


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Alleged iPhone 8 front display in the middle


Now, it seems, we have a more specific number as to how much of its next flagship Apple might be able to make and deliver to the markets initially. As per a report, around 3 to 4 million of OLED panels have been supplied to the Cupertino giant so far, translating to the same number of production units being available for purchase when the phone is released in the market. Apparently, this is much less than the ordered 70 million display panels that Samsung is supposed to deliver.

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If we go by the previous sales numbers, Apple has been able to sell out the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in three days of their launch and reaching up to a combined sales figure of 10 million units. This was more or less same for the iPhone 7 as well (although a bit less). However, if the current speculation about the iPhone 8 is true, then the figures of 3 to 4 million is too less by the company’s standards. Given the popularity and the excitement surrounding the device, we believe Apple will be able to clear the shelves easily within two days of the launch.

This is turning out to be quite a challenge for Apple as they are already suspected to delay the launch by a month or two reasons for which have been cited related to the screen integrated fingerprint sensor. Keep watching this space as we bring you more updates on this.

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