Apple traditionally launches new iPhones in the fall and it’s expected to stick with that timeline this year as well. The company is expected to launch three iPhones this year including one with a 5.8 inch OLED display. A new report claims that while iPhone 8 pre-orders might open in September, they may not actually start shipping until “several weeks later.”
The report comes from longtime Apple analyst Brian White of the investment banking firm Drexel Hamilton. He writes in his research note to investors that the firm’s contact “strongly believes” that the 5.8 inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges related to the 3D sensing technology.
Apple is therefore expected to start taking pre-orders for the handset in September but may not ship it for several weeks. The analyst mentions that Apple will be able to get the smartphone out well ahead of the lucrative holiday season.
However, this assumption is based on the information available at this point in time. There’s still a long way to go until September and there’s every possibility that the situation could improve in the coming months. If that does happen, there would be no need for Apple to delay shipments after taking pre-orders.
Another expected scenario is that the iPhone 8 might only be available in limited quantities initially with supply being gradually ramped up in the following months. None of this has been officially confirmed by Apple so take it all with a healthy dose of salt for now.
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