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Uh-oh, rumours of an iPhone 8 release date DELAY are back with a vengeance

Rumours of a delay to the iPhone 8 have surfaced again.

Sources familiar with the supply chain believe Apple has kickstarted mass production of the next iPhone range, but that is no guarantee the will arrive for its scheduled September release date.

Apple could still , but the latest report claims there is unlikely to be any significant stock until October.

Quoting “upstream supply chain” sources, claims suppliers are already producing components for the 4.7inch iPhone 7S, the 5.5inch iPhone 7S Plus, and the all-new 5.8inch iPhone 8.

The latter is expected to mark the 10th anniversary of the best-selling smartphone range – and tick-off a number of Wish List features for Apple fans.

will be the only new iPhone to feature an OLED screen, Digitimes has reported.

Designer Benjamin Geskin has mocked-up the iPhone 8, based on the latest leaked components @VENYAGESKIN1 • TWITTER

Designer Benjamin Geskin has mocked-up the iPhone 8, based on the latest leaked components

Samsung is supplying some 80 million OLED displays for the next-generation smartphone in the second half of the year.

According to the report, Samsung Display is making an additional 80 million screens for its own smartphones and for other manufacturers, although it will keep some inventory flexibility in case Apple orders more iPhones.

Digitimes expects Apple to ship between 50 and 55 million iPhone 8 units in 2017.

Production of the 5.8inch iPhone is expected to ramp up after mid-September and Apple can truly judge demand.

The new leak appears to confirm iPhone 8 will have a glass back and vertically-stacked dual cameraKAMIKASKY • REDDIT

The new leak appears to confirm iPhone 8 will have a glass back and vertically-stacked dual camera

That means you’re more likely to get the new iPhone from October onwards. Apple struggled to meet the demand of its iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black last year, with delivery dates slipping within minutes of the pre-order going live.

The Cupertino-based company will have as few as 3 million  units in the third quarter, the report claims.

As for the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus, Apple is expected to ship 25-30 million units in the second half of the year, Digitimes estimates.

on some of the key components in the iPhone 8.

The iPhone manufacturer is expected to drop the physical Home Button from the front of the iPhone 8 to enable the new 5.8inch display to bleed to the very edge of the chassis.

Apple is expected to swap aluminium for glass on the back of the iPhone 7S and 7S PlusKAMIKASKY • REDDIT

Apple is expected to swap aluminium for glass on the back of the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus

However, this radical new design is believed to have caused  – who has reportedly always planned to incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, which was previously built into the Home Button, beneath the glass display.

The , with the vast majority attributed to technology required to embed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner underneath the display.

Faced with a bottleneck in production, a number of sources believe Apple has jettisoned the embedded design – and instead moved the fingerprint sensor to the back of the phone.

Samsung is believed to have .

However, a number of new leaks suggest Apple has managed to embed the fingerprint scanner into the 5.8inch display on the front of the device.

Meanwhile, the back of the phone shows the long-rumoured vertical dual-lens camera as well as a separate protruding lens component.

Flipping the dual camera from a horizontal alignment to a vertical one is believed to be in aid of the augmented reality (AR) features set to ship with the device.

That’s because when the iPhone 8 is held in landscape mode to film – the dual camera set-up will be horizontal again.

Elsewhere, iPhone 8 looks set to include OIS, Optical Image Stabilisation, for both lens used in the rear dual-camera set-up.

It is also expected to ship with an OLED display with True Tone, a technology that Apple debuted with its .

Meanwhile, the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus are expected to swap an aluminium case for glass to enable wireless charging.

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