Apple has just finished this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, CA. The event showcased some of the new products from Apple including the new iPad Pro. However, absent in the said event is the iPhone 8 and its brethren, the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus. That is to be expected since Apple normally announces its new smartphones every third quarter of each year; predominantly September as in the case of the current iPhone models.
Now, all eyes are on Apple as consumers await for September for the release of the new iPhones. However, while the iPhone 8 is expected to be announced on the same month, some analyst believe that the release of the phone will be delayed. One analyst in particular is Gene Munster from Loup Ventures.
According to Munster, the iPhone 8 shipment will be delayed until October this year. This is due to challenges that Apple is experiencing with the assembly of the curved OLED screen.
Although the iPhone 8 may be delayed in release, Munster still believes that it will even out the sales figures for iPhones for the 2017 fiscal year. In his report, he predicts that only 39 million iPhone units will be shipped by the end of September. However, there will be an additional six million and four million units at the end of December and March quarters, respectively.
It is actually not a surprise to learn that Apple might delay the release of the iPhone 8. For many months now, a number of rumors pertaining to the phone’s display bring bad news. Last month alone, there were reports saying Apple might ditch the in-display Touch ID sensor in favor or the rear mounted one. This was due to reports suggesting Apple suppliers are having difficulties merging the sensor to the display glass.
Whether or not the iPhone 8 will get released in September, it is still too soon to tell. Nevertheless, it would seem that most predictions point to an October release. For more iPhone 8 updates, be sure to check us out at TheBitbag.