iPhone 8 production has allegedly hit another roadblock, with a sketchy report Tuesday by Taiwanese outlet DigiTimes suggesting the supposedly limited availability of 5.8-inch OLED display panels could hold back the phone’s launch sales.

Citing industry sources, the trade publication says it’ll be difficult for Apple to ship up to 60 million OLED-based iPhones in 2017.

“Only 3-4 million OLED-based new iPhone devices will be ready for shipping before the new smartphones are unveiled at a product event slated for September,” reads the article.

The publication did not give the reason for the allegedly limited OLED screen availability beyond stating that yield rates at assembly plants and the supply of OLED panels are “likely to become issues” for the Cupertino firm.

Take the report with a few grains of salt because Samsung Display recently negotiated a lucrative supply deal with Apple to build at least 80 million OLED panels for iPhone 8 in 2017.

In fact, the South Korean conglomerate is said to be supplying OLED screens for both iPhone 9 in 2018 and a yet-to-be-disclosed Apple device with a screen measuring 6.5 inches diagonally, as per The Korea Herald.

Besides, iPhone assemblers Foxconn, Pegatron and Wistron have been stepping up efforts to recruit more workers for their assembly lines in China, indicating that volume production of iPhone 8 is about to kick off.

On top of that, Apple’s key chip supplier Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company saw its revenues surge twenty percent sequentially in May, partly driven by shipments of iPhone 8’s A11 processors to Apple.

iPhone 8 mockup top of post via Benjamin Geskin

  • Leonard Wong

    Waiting for your Jet Black iPhone Edition/X/8 till January or February

  • Dao Sasone

    I hope the battery will last 8 to 10 hrs on heavy usage. Apple needs 2 cram in a 4k ma battery already. Qc 3.0 will be nice

    • Rowan09

      Well the iPhone 7 is quick charge capable already, just buy a Mac USB C charger. 8-10 hours with heavy usage is a lot more than just cramming in a 4k mAH battery. We’ll see what happens when it’s released.

    • BlackPantherK

      It just needs fast charging like the OnePlus 5

  • Iskren Donev

    I’m betting that the 6.5″ OLED screen is for the *Plus* model of the next-generation iPhone. By comparison the current iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5″ screen.

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    Guys stop saying ‘phone’ if it’s 5.8 inch it’s a phablet

    • Kushal Kumar (Kushi)

      The 5.8 inch screen will fit into the current 4.7 inch phone (almost). So its a phone 😉

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Incorrect if it’s 5.8 inch screen it’s a phablet regardless of what size the bezels are

  • And still I will have it one time.