We’re just five days out from Apple’s September 12 event where the new iPhone lineup will be unveiled, but Japanese blog Macotakara suggests the redesigned iPhone 8 may not reach customers until sometime in October.
This is a possibility that was frequently raised earlier in the year, although recent reports predict all three new iPhones launching at the same time with the high-end model shipping in limited quantities.
Based on the iPhone event’s September 12 date, it’s likely we’ll see pre-orders for the new iPhones at 12:01 am PT on Friday, September 15 and deliveries as soon as the following Friday, September 22.
Macotakara cites suppliers in Taiwan in reporting the September 22 date is likely for the LCD models, but expects the OLED model to ship in October:
According to the information from the supplier in Taiwan, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are likely to be released on September 22nd, which is the same schedule as usual years.
However, we expect that iPhone 8 Edition would be shipped from October because the production of the shipping model starts in September.
The industry consensus earlier this year was that mass production for the high-end iPhone 8 wouldn’t kick off until October or November, but last month expectations shifted as it was reported that all three new iPhones would launch together albeit with the OLED model in short supply.
Specifically, KGI Securities expects Apple to only ship 2-4 million OLED iPhones in Q3 compared to 45-50 million units by the end of the year. That’s based on production starting in mid-September (versus mid-October as previously expected) and ramping up the following month.
Despite a potential $1000+ price for the high-end model, the OLED iPhone is still going to be in high demand and short supply, so you’ll want to set your alarms for this one.
If the high-end iPhone does take until October to ship, that could be as short as a two week gap between launches which isn’t a terrible delay.
At any rate, we’ll see what Apple has planned in just a few short days so stay tuned.