Apple’s competitors have adopted a wait-and-see approach, pushing back smartphone chip orders as they’re waiting to see the OLED-based iPhone 8 before making future plans.

According to a report Monday from DigiTimes citing supply chain sources, competitors believe iPhone 8 will “come with revolutionary features”.

According to the report, Apple’s supply chain saw iPhone chip orders pick up in June whereas demand for handset chips from rivals has been slow thus far. Suppliers don’t expect orders from Apple’s rivals to rise substantially until the fourth quarter of this year.

Fabless semiconductor makers MediaTek and HiSilicon warned about “disappointing” chip shipments from Apple’s rivals. At the same time, customers of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) are said to be more interested in the foundry’s 12-nanometer process technology than its cutting-edge ten-nanometer process.

A recent report alleged that iPhone 8’s in-house designed A11 chip would be built using TSMC’s ten-nanometer technology.

Image: Hands on with iPhone 8 dummy, via Unbox Therapy.

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    • I have, haven’t I? 🙂 Anyways, fixed now & thanks for the heads-up, man!

  • That’s the old Apple Magic talking.. there’s nothing shocking coming on this device. All the leaked details are what you’ll see, which isn’t much at all. The price will increase and there’s still no real justification for it. Wait till next year and pick up a used device if you want. No applications have pushed the limits of the last 2 or 3 devices so I see zero reasons to purchase yearly anymore.

    • Christopher

      I respectfully disagree, at least about this year’s iPhone. This one will probably be much more of an upgrade than the past 2 years.

      Yes, I agree the iPhone 6s wasn’t an extreme upgrade over the iPhone 6, and the iPhone 7 was mostly an internal upgrade. So these past couple of years haven’t been all that fruitful. But this year’s iPhone sounds a little bit more promising to me than previous years.

  • Tony Trenkle Jr.

    It’s from Digittimes so…