Apple Inc. will not launch its special tenth anniversary iPhone alongside the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus this year. The gadget is widely rumored to be called the iPhone 8. Due to setbacks related to both design and supply, the special iPhone will only arrive a few months after the two traditional upgrades. Apple’s news week begins with a report by KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo, which backs widespread rumors about a delay.
From limited supply to tricky components, here are the main problems and effects of the Apple iPhone 8’s late arrival.
Unlike other years, the public has heard many reports about setbacks in Apple’s supply lately. According to news sources, the issues are tied to the the tenth anniversary iPhone. New analyst insight has weighed in on these reports. Kuo states that fans who are eager to get the 8 will not be doing so this September.
Apple Inc. has a made a point of custom-ordering several components for the iPhone 8. Kou reports that these orders have caused production difficulties for the iPhone 8. However, Apple is expected to drop the 7S smartphones on time.
“Significant hardware upgrades” are the reason for the hold up. According to Kou this Monday, Apple will not be able to launch the iPhone 8 until October or November 2017. The comment from the analyst supports several other reports made by news outlets. Early April had sources close to Apple’s suppliers saying this year’s special iPhone will be held back by two months. The iPhone 8 will celebrate a decade of iPhone production. It is expected to be the most premium gadget among this year’s iPhone releases.
Brian White is an analyst at Drexel Hamilton. He reported similar discoveries two weeks ago. Citing his own sources, White is adamant that Apple will put several weeks between the two 7S variants and the iPhone 8. The analyst claims the company is having trouble with the new 3D sensing technology. Reports assure that the product will still be released ahead of Christmas 2017. Constraints in Apple’s supply chain have also been cited for the delay.
Tricky components delay iPhone 8 mass-production
September will see the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus arrive as expected. Kuo’s statement this Monday suggests that Apple does not have issues getting the two traditional iPhones ready for release. The KGI analyst says those eager to acquire the most high-end device might have until mid-November though.
Kuo mentioned a few other reasons behind the launch setback. They echo the reports made by a number of online news outlet in recent weeks. This year’s special iPhone 8 is expected to feature a fingerprint reader. This feature is also expected to be integrated into the display. The 8 is rumored to house a 3D camera as well, and will make use of Samsung’s curved OLED technology. All of these have been cited as possible reasons for the delay.
iPhone 8 hurts Apple smartphone sales this year
Kuo also reports that this year’s iPhone sales will be negatively affected by the late launch. Year after year Apple repeatedly proves it has a fanatic consumer base. Many customers are likely to hold out and get the more premium iPhone 8 instead. A lot of bezel-less smartphones are expected to make an land this year. The iPhone 8 delay is will allow these devices to take center stage in the months building up to the holidays. The sales derived through the Christmas quarter make it the most profitable period of the year.
In the longer view, Apple Inc. has nothing to fear bearing the loyalty of its buyers. Those who truly want an iPhone 8 are not likely to be lured away by rivals while they wait its release. However, it might be a bit of a fight to get your hands on one this year. Due to constraints in supply, around 80 iPhone units alone are expected this year.