Apple's tenth anniversary smartphone now looks likely to be launched in September, as rumors of delays recede.
(CCM) — Apple's new iPhones will not be delayed and are on schedule for a September launch, according to a Motley Fool report. Information published in the Economic Daily News indicates that major Apple suppliers such as Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, which will make Apple's A11 microprocessor, are "ready to ramp up related iPhone parts starting in June." It adds that two key circuit-board manufacturers have managed to improve their manufacturing processes for substrate-like printed circuit boards, meaning that they will be able to start mass production in June as well.
But perhaps most convincingly, Apple's main contract manufacturers, including Foxconn and Pegatron, are "accelerating the recruitment and training of new workers in China in preparation of the new iPhone," the Economic Daily News report says.
Previous reports have suggested that Apple is struggling to produce a fingerprint reader located beneath the new smartphone's screen, and that this problem could lead to a delay in the launch of the iPhone 8 until the Christmas period. The report contains no new information about this, so it is not clear if a September launch indicates that Apple has decided to abandon the in-display fingerprint reader in favour of a rear-mounted sensor, similar to that found in the rival Samsung Galaxy S8.
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