The iPhone 8 may not start shipping until 2018, according to a research note issued by analysts at Deutsche Bank. It’s believed that the delay is a result of “component shortages and technical challenges” with the handset, which is rumored to sport an edge-to-edge OLED display and a vertically-positioned dual-lens camera.
While this report corroborates chatter we’ve caught wind of in the past, it’s the first time we’ve heard that the iPhone 8 may be delayed until next year. Last month, DigiTimes claimed that Apple was suffering “technical issues” and predicted that the device will “launch in October or even November, instead of September as usual.”
But what about the iPhone 7s?
If the Cupertino company is left with no other choice but to hold its next-generation iPhone until 2018, there’s a good chance it’ll release an iPhone 7s this fall. Although, with talk of 3D sensing technology and an OLED panel on board the iPhone 8, there’s a good chance it won’t do as well as previous handsets in the ‘s’ line.