Apple’s Pricey iPhone 8 Facing Monthlong Production Delay (Report)

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Apple’s forthcoming iPhone 8 — including a premium model expected to cost around $1,000 — has encountered manufacturing problems that will delay the new smartphone’s production pipeline by at least a month, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The iPhone 8 delays are related to the production of OLED (organic light-emitting diode) panels for the new smartphones by an affiliate of Samsung Electronics, according to the Journal, which cited anonymous sources.

In addition, Apple faced difficulty in trying to embed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the new OLED-based display for the iPhone 8, which eliminates the longstanding physical “home” button, according to the report. The company ultimately abandoned attempts to integrate Touch ID into the screens, and instead the iPhone 8 will use regular passwords or a new facial-recognition feature to unlock the smartphones, the WSJ reported.

Apple shares were down about 0.4% in midday trading.

The tech giant is hosting an event Sept. 12, where it’s expected to unveil the iPhone 8 as well as a new version of the Apple TV. Apple is expected to begin taking orders for the new smartphones starting Sept. 22, per the WSJ report, but many customers may not receive them until weeks later with the production delays.

At the event next Tuesday, the company is expected to announce three new iPhone models, including two follow-up versions to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, and a premium version that may sell for as much as $1,000.

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