iPhone 8 Could Be Delayed Because of 3D Tech

The sensing technology is the reason Apple may push one of the high-end devices back from its previously anticipated September debut.


In it's continued push for yearly upgrades, rumors had the release of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 pegged sometime in September. However, the top end model may be delayed because of the addition of 3D sensing technology, which would allow Apple to enter the augmented reality space.

Apple reportedly has three new iPhone 8s in the pipeline. a 4.7-inch display, a 5.5-inch and a 5.8-inch, the latter one being the one with all the new bells and whistles. According to Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White, the release of the larger model could be delayed until December. "First off, our smartphone contact believes the 3D sensing technology and OLED displays will only be offered with the 5.8-inch iPhone 8," White told CNBC. "However, our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3-D sensing technology but still in time for the December holidays."

White did say, however, that his sources expect the two other models to be available in September as planned. The iPhone 8 is expected to have an edgeless OLED display with a Touch ID sensor in the screen. Some reports also claim facial recognition software, better internal hardware and wireless charging will be included.

That said, a Business Insider report claims that the users are holding on to their Apple products longer because the quality is still good and the new additions are not enough to justify paying for top dollar for a new phone when they can wait a few months and get them when they go on sale. The focus on excellence is a double edged sword for apple as the user base will swear by the product, but may not have the need, let alone the disposable income, to upgrade every year. The replacement rates are even moving from two years to three years. 

Initial price reports have the low-end iPhone 8 with 64GB of storage to run around $870, with the higher end model coming in at under $1,000. Apple is expected to keep the price point similar to the recently released Samsung S8 and S8 Plus. The base iPhone 7 32Gb model was $649 when it debuted in September of last year.

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    April 10, 2017 8:35 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, iPhone 8 Could Be Delayed Because of 3D Tech

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      April 10, 2017 8:36 AM


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      April 10, 2017 8:58 AM

      Three Deeeee

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      April 10, 2017 9:39 AM

      What the heck is 3D sensing technology? Pretty sure I didn't ask for this.

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        April 10, 2017 9:57 AM

        Something like the Amazon Fire Phone tried?

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          April 10, 2017 10:02 AM

          That dynamic perspective stuff?

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            April 10, 2017 10:44 AM

            The dynamic persective 3d on the new 3ds looks nice/convincng, if it's anything like that.

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        April 10, 2017 11:31 AM

        the description there sounds more like Google Tango

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      April 10, 2017 9:53 AM

      I'm looking forward to a new device but I am surprised how good my OG iPhone 6 is still holding up.

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      April 10, 2017 10:01 AM

      If this is true, they just release an iPhone 7S like they originally planned anyway.

      I like how every year after a non-S iPhone is released everyone always jumps to the next number instead of assuming Apple sticks to their S playbook.

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        April 10, 2017 10:05 AM

        I think this year people are hoping for something new from them as they are moving into the new campus.

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          April 10, 2017 10:07 AM

          Yeah I get that, but also people come up with some reason why "this year is different" every time.

          Don't get me wrong, I am hoping they change it up and go with something new instead of an S-revision, but I am just pretty numb to the release cycle.

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            April 10, 2017 10:08 AM

            I am pretty numb to their entire product line. Misstep after misstep. They have 2 years to impress me, otherwise I am declaring them Microsoft circa 2000s.

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            April 10, 2017 10:34 AM

            I think yeah it probably means nothing to apple that this is this 10 yr anniversary, but it did feel like the 7 was a 6SS so Id hope this yrs version is different. wireless charging would be nice

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            April 10, 2017 10:38 AM

            From everything I have read, we're going to see regular 7S and 7S Plus with minor upgrades at the normal prices. Then there is going to be a high end $1000 anniversary phone that uses OLED and edge to edge display. Then the tech from that phone will show up in the 8 that will be out in 2018, as the price of the components comes down. People expecting a big change this year are in for a lot of disapointment, unless they have $1000 to blow on a phone.

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        April 10, 2017 10:43 AM

        Well, it is the 10th anniversary of the iPhone. They want to make is special, supposedly.

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          April 10, 2017 1:10 PM

          Just put a TV tuner in it and give it some bose speakers

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            April 10, 2017 1:16 PM

            i think there's like 50 android phones released since january 1 that already have that

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          April 10, 2017 1:20 PM

          A headphone jack would set it apart.

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      April 10, 2017 10:38 AM


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