If you were hoping to get your mitts on the iPhone 8 in September, I’ve got bad news. Following a report from earlier this week, Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White said the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 won’t arrive until October or November due to manufacturing challenges.
White sent an email to CNBC detailing why the device may be delayed:
First off, our smartphone contact believes 3-D sensing technology and OLED displays will only be offered with the 5.8-inch iPhone 8. However, our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3-D sensing technology but still in time for the December holidays.
An earlier rumor chalked the potential delay up to the OLED panels, so there seems to be a theme emerging here. Apple supposedly put in an order for 70 million OLED panels, but they’re not going to do any good if Apple has trouble building its devices.
So, this brings up the question: Will Apple have ample supply when the iPhone 8 eventually launches, or will consumers have to scramble to get their hands on the device? My guess is the handset will be very difficult to find during the holidays.
Or you can get the iPhone 7s or iPhone 7s Plus
If you’re not particularly hyped about Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8, Apple is still rumored to be releasing an incremental update to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Expect those devices to feature the same design and upgraded guts, but remain relatively unchanged.
The delay may be for the best, because previous rumors have claimed the iPhone 8 could be one expensive device, so consumers will have a little more time to save.