Apple is expected to announce three new iPhone 8 models this fall, but they might not be available on the market until later this year. While previous rumors claimed mass production for the new iPhones has already started, Chinese media reports the two main ODMs (Foxconn and Pegatron) are not yet ready to ramp up production.
While there were previous reports indicating that volume production for new iPhone devices has commenced, yield rates at the two main ODMs, Foxconn Electronics, and Pegatron, have not yet reached levels that warrant mass production, reports Economic Daily News.
Apparently, mass production for Apple’s 4.7- and 5.5-inch LCD-version iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is expected to commence in August, more than a month later than last year’s iPhones.
Estimation is even bleaker for the OLED iPhone, as mass production for this particular version has been pushed back to November-December, shipping only in small volumes initially.
Foxconn is the main ODM for the OLED iPhone, as the company managed to secure 95% of orders for this version, as well as minimal volume orders for the 4.7- and 5.5-inch LCD models.
Pegatron is said to have landed 65% of orders for the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s, along with a small volume of the OLED model, while Wistron is supposed to manufacture the 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus primarily.