We’ve heard before about the possibility of the new iPhone 8 launching with a price tag that’s north of $1,000. There are certain dangers in that for the smartphone market and the consumer, but a new report suggests that the high cost could be, at least partly, due to Samsung.
More specifically, analysts from KGI Securities point to Samsung’s OLED screens—which Apple is using in the new iPhone—which costs at least twice as much as the LCD panels Apple has been using. That fact alone makes industry analysts believe that Apple could look to find a new screen supplier as quickly as possible in order to produce iPhone 8s at a faster rate and to keep the cost down.
But, not only is Samsung causing Apple some gripe with the cost of the iPhone 8, they’re also creating issues around Apple’s efforts to implement an under-screen fingerprint scanner. Samsung tried to do something similar with their Galaxy S8 device, but couldn’t produce an effective technology fast enough for the device’s launch. Apple is now facing a similar prospect, and may be forced to go solely with facial recognition technology as a biometric security solution for the new iPhone.