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While weâ€™ve seen plenty of rumors surrounding the iPhone 8â€™s design and features, weâ€™ve heard less about when the latest Apple flagship will actually launch. Today, we might be getting a clearer picture of when weâ€™ll be able to get our hands on this yearâ€™s premium iPhone.
Many rumors seemed to predict that this yearâ€™s premium OLED iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) would be ready in time for a September launch â€” which is when Apple typically announces new devices. On March 3, DigiTimes, a publication that has a decent track record of covering Appleâ€™s supply chain, said that production of the OLED iPhone is unlikely to start until September due to a redesigned Touch ID. Renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities made a similar prediction in February, Business Insider reported.
Today, Kuo published a new report suggesting that the premium OLED iPhone will actually be unveiled in September, but will face â€œsevere supply shortagesâ€ in the wake of its release, Fortune reported. According to Kuo, Apple wonâ€™t be able to ramp-up the premium iPhoneâ€™s production until at least October or November â€” two months later than typical ramp-ups in August-September. Notably, Barclays analysts and Bloomberg have circulated similar reports.
Kuo went on to add that the supply shortage and shipping delays â€œwonâ€™t undermine actual demandâ€ if the iPhone 8 provides â€œgood user experience.â€ However, there are a handful of risks concerning this yearâ€™s iPhone shipments. In a â€œworst case scenario,â€ Kuo believes iPhone shipments could decrease by 15 to 20 percent, and the delay would ultimately hurt overall sales. Additionally, Kuo believes that this yearâ€™s two LCD iPhone models â€” which he said wonâ€™t have edge-to-edge form factors â€” will have a hard time competing against full-screen flagships from the likes of Samsung, Huawei and other competitors.
It’s possible thatÂ the delay isÂ a sign that Apple has decided to go with theÂ â€œTouch ID under displayâ€ design. Embedding a fingerprint sensor under the display has reportedly been Appleâ€™s biggest design bottleneck, and a rear-mounted Touch ID sensor was reported to be a way of expediting the iPhoneâ€™s production in time for a September release.
[The information provided in this article has NOT been confirmed by Apple and may be speculation. Provided details may not be factual. Take all rumors, tech or otherwise, with a grain of salt.]