The iPhone X will be the first iPhone Apple hasn’t begun selling within two weeks of its announcement since the iPhone 3GS in 2009. With a release in November, we thought the later-than-normal schedule would give Apple time for production, but it appears production delays are worse than we originally thought.
In an investor’s note from Raymond James chip analyst Christopher Caso, obtained by Barron’s, he disclosed a recent supply chain check that revealed Apple hasn’t started final production of the iPhone X even though its release date is just over a month away. This in turn will possibly further delay the full production until December.
This is bad news for anyone hoping to score an iPhone X when it releases. It’s been expected iPhone X supply would be limited upon its launch, but this might further constrain supply, making it even harder to find.
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are already being ignored by customers as they await the iPhone X, even though the device will retail for $999.
Pre-orders for the iPhone X begin October 27 with a launch date a week later on November 3. It’s very possible that if customers don’t get an iPhone X during pre-orders or the first day launch, units might not be available for several weeks.
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said it may take until early 2018 for Apple to catch up to demand for the iPhone X.
If you’re not interested in waiting, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus launch this Friday. You will likely be able to walk into stores and buy one on the day of. When was the last time you heard that uttered about an iPhone launch day?
It is the iPhone X effect.