Apple may push new iPhone launch to October-November due to technical issues, new 3D sensing system

By Digit NewsDesk | Published on 06 Apr 2017
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The delay may have been caused due to technical issues related to the lamination process of curved OLED panels and the adoption of a new 3D sensing system

Apple may push new iPhone launch to October-November due to technical issues, new 3D sensing system

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A new report by China-based Economic Daily News (EDN) suggests that Apple may be lagging behind in the production of its next generation iPhone models. As per the report, Apple is facing some technical issues “related to the lamination process of” curved OLED panels that are expected to feature on the new phones. This could delay the new iPhones till October or November.

In addition to citing problems with OLED panels, the EDN report also mentions that Apple is adopting a new 3D Sensing system which may further delay the upcoming iPhones. There are no details mentioned on what this new 3D Sensing system will do, however, a previous report from KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the OLED iPhones will include a ‘revolutionary’ infrared module that will be able to sense the 3D space in front of it.

The advanced 3D camera system is expected to feature on the front facing camera of the new iPhones and could be used in new games that replace a character’s head with that of the user. The new iPhones could also generate 3D selfies using the feature.

Further to the two reasons why the new iPhones might get delayed, EDN’s report goes on to state, “Market sources said that they are watching the pull-in of orders for passive components from the iPhone's supply chain to see whether production of the new iPhone devices is on track, said the paper, adding that the supply chain should begin to pull in orders for passive components such as MLCCs in June.”

While keeping an eye on the company’s supply chain could hint at the expected launch timeline for the new iPhones, including Apple’s 10th Anniversary edition of the device, it is in no way a confirmation of delay.

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