* New reports say phone won’t arrive till end of the year, if not 2018
* Analyst says production of phone will be delayed
* Apple still expected to unveil new phone in September
If you’re hoping to get your hands on the new iPhone before the end of the year, you better keep your fingers crossed. New reports this week say it’s looking more and more like the iPhone 8 won’t arrive until the end of 2017 — if not the new year.
Apple typically makes it new product announcements in September, followed by the release of a phone or laptop weeks later. But according to Ming-Chi Kuo, one of the best and most reliable Apple analysts in the world, Apple isn’t starting mass production of the iPhone 8 until October or November. That would mean physical phones won’t start arriving until December at the earliest (based on normal production timelines).
Apple typically starts mass production of new iPhones several months before they’re announced, and even then, they struggle to keep units in stock. If Apple isn’t beginning mass production on the iPhone 8 until October or November, you’ll be hard-pressed to find them readily available before 2018.
This seems to back up a Bloomberg report from last week, which said that the iPhone 8 could be delayed by “one or two months.”
Despite the apparent delay, Apple is still expected to announce the iPhone 8 in September, which is when it usually announces new phones. If you had planned to trade up for a new phone in the fall, consider this: Apple is reportedly planning to introduce an iPhone 7S at the same time. The 7S is expected to retain the design of the iPhone 7, but with updated features and specs.