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Apple Could Delay iPhone 8 Launch till Early 2018

After numerous reports indicating that this year’s third iPhone variant, the premium flagship 10th anniversary model that some are calling iPhone 8, could face a shortage of supply at launch, a new report from Deutsche Bank has claimed that Apple could delay the launch till next year altogether.

Supply chain issues and technical difficulties in assembling some of the complex technology, including the embedded fingerprint sensor in the OLED displays, have been reported to be causing a headache for Apple and its partners. The Cupertino tech giants are apparently looking to launch iPhone 8 alongside the less-fashionable iPhone 7S and 7S Plus with limited supply, but lack of timely completion of the assembly process and the periodic thrust in production typically scheduled for August and September set to be delayed as well, we could be looking at a delay in launch for the 10th anniversary edition of iPhone.

The two biggest issues reportedly being faced for iPhone 8 are the shortage of key components, like the OLED panel with the integrated fingerprint sensor, and its assembly with the rest of the housing and components. A source close to Foxconn was also mentioned in a report by Business Insider, claiming that a lack of orders of packaging materials from Apple also suggests that the company is indeed bracing itself for a delay in launch.

Recently, reports were circulating that despite the challenges faced in production for iPhone 8, Apple was adamant that it would be launching iPhone 8 alongside iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, but the supply for the premium flagship would be throttled, at first. It wouldn’t be until the first quarter of next year that Apple would really un-choke the taps and increase supply. But now it seems the production difficulties could force Apple to maybe hold a separate launch event early in 2018, with no limited supply at the time of launch.

If a delay in launch does occur, it could be a blessing in disguise for Apple; a delay usually means more hype, and sales for iPhone 7S and 7S Plus would not be cannibalized either. More hype and anticipation would probably mean an increase in orders, and as the launch would be delayed and not forced at the same September event, Apple would be able to fulfill that demand without much difficulty.

Danial Ali
Danial is a seasoned contributor that takes a particular interest in all things Apple since he jumped aboard the iPhone ecosystem. Hobbies: Gaming and reading


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