KGI Securities' Ming-Chi Kuo suggested in his recent note that the iPhone 8 production could start as late as October.
Apple typically makes new models available a week or two after launch, but not always in equal quantities; for example, the Jet Black iPhone 7 sold out minutes after pre-orders went up and it was essentially delayed by a month or more.
One rumor surrounding the delay and the possible solution was shared on Twitter last week by Sonny Dickson.
This just one of the several reasons being quoted for a delay in the iPhone 8 launch. He suggests that most people will be willing to wait for it to be available, even if this means holding off their upgrade cycle until early next year.
The first unit, leaked by Benjamin Geskin and spotted by 9to5Mac, is supposedly a CNC model straight from Foxconn where the iPhone 8 is being made.
The phone also looks to be visibly fatter than the existing iPhone 7, although exact dimensions have yet to be revealed. So instead of the usual August/September window that Apple uses to mass produce its next iPhone, the analyst believe it could be pushed at a much later timeframe due to the improvements.
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We still think Apple will announce the OLED iPhone 8, which will be Apple's 10th anniversary iPhone, alongside the other iPhones at the same event.
There have also been noises that the iPhone 8 will not only feature a OLED display and a new fingerprint scanner, the phone is most likely to get equipped with an iris scanner as well.
As the Cupertino-based tech giant has not yet confirmed any of the rumors surrounding iPhone 8's specs, release date or price, readers are advised to take the leaked information with a hefty pinch of salt.
Apple is apparently testing an all-new iPhone design with an all-screen on the front panel, curved glass and a stainless unibody steel frame. With the OLED iPhone availability set to be very limited, it has reduced his estimates to 80-90 million units. More high-concept ones include models that feature glass on the front and back and sport Touch ID underneath the OLED display.
UBS analyst Steven Milunovich believes the redesigned iPhone expected to launch this fall will be priced at $850 to $900 in a separate note distributed on Monday.