Earlier today, it was rumored that one of Apple's component partners TPK Holdings has made a decision to increase the price per 3D Touch tech and seeing as how things go when it wants to launch its iPhone 8, the company will have no choice but to comply for now. This was confirmed in a new report published today by the Chinese-language newspaper Economic Daily News.
Patently Apple posted a report in March titled "Apple Suppliers GIS and TPK are Building New Capacity to Handle Apple's Next-Gen 3D OLED Touch Panels".
It's been previously reported that Apple is planning to embed its Touch ID sensor beneath the iPhone 8's OLED display. The huge increase of price for the internal and external components will surely translate to a higher price for the final product itself. The most popular rumor that's going around is that the iPhone 8 might cost more than $1,000.
The most expensive iPhone in Apple's current lineup is the 256GB iPhone 7 Plus which sells for $969.
According to Morgan Stanley's Greater China Technology Research, the research firm claimed that the Apple iPhone 8 release date will be during a normal time frame, which is to say that the smartphone will likely be released sometime in mid-late September. The size of the OLED display itself remains a mystery with speculations ranging from 5-inches to 5.8-inches. There is a serious difference between LCD and OLED displays, however, which apparently requires a different technique to be used for 3D Touch implementation.
Still, it will be the first iPhone to feature a 10nm FinFET chip, coupled with support for wireless charging and an edge-to-edge OLED display, so there are a ton of things to look forward as far as the new device goes.
Of course, a more expensive 3D Touch panel is just one of a few components that will cost more on the iPhone 8 than on existing iPhones. The two are expected to only have some incremental upgrades from the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.