As soon as a new device is launched the next inevitable question is when can you get your hands on it. It seems that there will be a longer than usual wait when it comes to the new iPhone 8.
Apple are expected to announce three new handsets in September but it’s not likely that the newest model will be delivered until weeks later. The 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch are expected to ship as usual but the all new 5.8-inch iPhone with OLED display is expected to see significant delays according to Apple analyst Brian White.
An excerpt from White’s research note with investment banking firm Drexel Hamilton, obtained by MacRumors:
Our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3D sensing technology, but still in time for the December holidays. This is not the first time that we’ve heard about a potential delay with a new iPhone; however, our contact was so emphatic about the delay that we are taking this data point more seriously. Since it is only April, this situation could improve. Essentially, our contact believes customers will be able to pre-order the new 5.8-inch iPhone 8 along with the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones in September; however, the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will not be available for delivery until several weeks later.
White, who is currently in Taiwan to garner information from Apple’s supply chain, cited a “smartphone contact” who is “diligently following the supply chain data points” who cites just a product named the iPhone 8 as the source of information.
It has been widely speculated that Apple is experiencing supply chain issues to fulfill the new OLED display on the upcoming larger iPhone 8 model and was expected that this would translate into a delay at launch. Despite the device launching alongside the other models, sources expect stock to not be available until within quarter 4 of 2017.
Anticipated delays could see the larger iPhone 8 slip several weeks just like the iPhone 7 jet black model earlier this year shortly after going on pre-order due to increased demand and limited stock. Other sources peg that Apple could delay the launch of the larger iPhone 8 entirely to allow extra stock to be produced to avoid the delay.
Whichever option, it seems Apple faces multiple challenges to achieve whatever technological advancements they are integrating into the iPhone 8. I would hope to preserve user experience, that Apple ensure enough stock is made available to satisfy pre-orders immediately, else it should consider delaying the pre-order phase to avoid customer disappointment.
Let us know your comments below – would you rather see a delay in delivery but have secured your pre-order, or have Apple delay the release of the device to ensure immediate dispatch?