The Great Eight Might be Late

 

Chinese-language Economic Daily News has issued some dreadful news for those who are eagerly anticipating the iPhone 8: the expected September release date is likely to be pushed back to October or even as late as November.

 Curved design patent sketch

Curved design patent sketch

 Late.

Late.

The lamination process of the OLED screens has been problematic, which may result in a delay. The 3D sensing system has also been cited as being difficult to implement, and there have been rumors of camera problems.

Cuando, Cuando Cuando?

While it’s been speculated that the iPhone 8 won’t be available immediately after launch, these bits offer more information on what the holdup might be. And while the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus might be more readily available, anyone who has been waiting for the iPhone 8 is sure to be disappointed if it isn’t available soon after the launch. Since iPhone 7 sales have been disappointing, and because the iPhone 8 is expected to be the first iPhone over $1000 (for the 256GB model), Apple stands to have a less-than-stellar year if these launches don’t go well. 

 ANother patent ketch.

ANother patent ketch.

Materials, materials

Apple recently acquired 70 million curved OLED displays from Samsung, reportedly for the 5.2” iPhone 8. The units are plastic, not glass as some hoped would be Apple’s choice, and a patent for a new viscoelastic material to absorb the force of impacts is expected to be one of the results of the new technology. Some people expect Apple to eventually offer an iPhone with a mini joystick as one of the features.

 Pop-up joystick design

Pop-up joystick design

What's in a name?

There is speculation that the iPhone 8 will be called, ‘iPhone X’ since it’s the tenth anniversary of Apple's iPhone series. While speculation runs amok, one of the charms of Apple devices is their ability to wow us with new ideas and technology. , 

In unrelated news, President Trump has suggested that Apple should move their manufacturing jobs here to the Us. 
The President said, "I got a call from Tim Cook at Apple, and I said, 'Tim, you know one of the things that will be a real achievement for me is when I get Apple to build a big plant in the United States, or many big plants in the United States, where instead of going to China, and going to Vietnam, and going to the places that you go to, you're making your product right here.' He said, 'I understand that.'"

From Cook’s comment, the President deigned a vision of Apple factories in the States. 

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