“Component shortages and technical challenges” could delay the iPhone 8 until 2018, according to a research note from Deutsche Bank analysts.
Deutsche Bank’s note is apparently based on information from report from ValueWalk. Although it thinks you may be waiting a bit longer for the iPhone 8, however, it does go against some recent reports by saying that Apple will also release an iPhone 7s this fall.
That phone will apparently be shipped in September, which means that Apple would still have a new iPhone model to get it through the hot holiday season.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard suggestions that the iPhone 8 may be delayed. Recently, Digitimes suggested that Apple was suffering, “technical issues related to the lamination process of curved OLED panels, and the adoption of a 3D sensing system.” As a result it suggested that Apple might delay, “the launch of its next-generation iPhone to October or even November, instead of September as usual.”
A separate report claimed that Apple is reportedly facing multiple supplier problems with the iPhone 8, as manufacturers hit roadblocks relating to the handsets’ display, wireless charging and printed circuit boards. This has allegedly delayed the iPhone 8 component manufacturing process by one or two months.
A delay until 2018 would certainly be a massive deal for Apple — not just because it would hit Apple in the wallet by costing it sales at its most popular time of year, but also because the iPhone 8 is commonly cited as being a tenth anniversary celebration of the original iPhone. The first-gen iPhone launched in June 2007.
Would you be happy to wait until 2018 for the iPhone 8? Would this be a major misstep on Apple’s part? Leave your comments below.
Source: Business Insider