If you’ve been eagerly looking forward to the release date of the iPhone 8, we have some bad news for you: the much-awaited addition to Apple’s smartphone lineup will reportedly not be released this year.
This information can be traced to Deutsche Bank, which informed its investors about the possibility that Apple will not release the iPhone 8 in 2017. As Business Insider reports, Deutsche Bank revealed that the delay is caused by “key component shortages and technical challenges”, suggesting that the iPhone 8 won’t be released this fall or even within this calendar year. The bank also states that this “underscores the uncertainty around the timing” of the release date of Apple’s latest and long-awaited smartphone.
This will surely come as a surprise to thousands of Apple fans since it goes against all the rumors that have been floating around since last year. Tech experts have admitted that there might be a delay in the release of the iPhone 8, pointing out that it might not be launched along with the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus. The latter are believed to be unveiled in September 8, which is right on time for Apple’s annual late-summer reveal for new devices. The iPhone 8 is believed to arrive one to two months after that, which means it will be available in October or November.
People were not happy with this one-month or two-month delay, but they were placated by the fact that they could get their hands on the iPhone 8 this year and buy it in time for the holiday season. With the possibility that the iPhone 8 might not become available at all in 2017, a lot of Apple fans might decide they couldn’t wait for it and end up switching to other brands. This will surely be bad news for Apple, which has experienced slow sales with its iPhone 7 and needs to catch up ASAP.