According to the latest research from Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley and Jerry Zhang, obtained by MacRumors, Apple may still launch iPhone 8 in September alongside the iterative iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus series, albeit in limited quantity. However, the majority of iPhone 8 stock may not be available until much later in the fourth quarter.

In other words, the company’s Tenth Anniversary iPhone aka “iPhone Edition” may be hard to come by when it debuts in September (like Jet Black iPhone 7 models last year).

Barclays analysts traveled to Asia earlier this month, speaking with various sources from Apple’s supply chain. They came away convinced that iPhone 8 will still launch in September.

Here’s an excerpt from the Barclays research note:

Suppliers generally had good things to say about the upcoming iPhone 8 launch as new features drive a more complicated manufacturing process and higher average selling prices. We now believe that all three devices will feature wireless charging and will all be launched in the normal September timeframe, although the majority of iPhone 8 volumes may not be available until the fourth quarter.

Apple is allegedly experiencing supply chain issues related to iPhone 8 production.

DigiTimes, for instance, said touch panel maker TPK Holding won’t kick off production of film-based next-generation 3D Touch sensors for use in iPhone 8 before the fourth quarter. “Production for the new OLED iPhone is unlikely to start until September,” wrote DigiTimes.

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KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a February note to clients Apple was struggling to get iPhone 8 ready in time due to time constraints related to the handset’s advanced augmented reality 3D camera system.

Apple could pre-announce iPhone 8 in September alongside iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus and start taking pre-orders before the highly anticipated OLED-based handset arrives later in the fourth quarter.

Concept: augmented-reality Siri on iPhone 8, via Gábor Balogh.

Source: MacRumors

  • Blip dude

    *yawn* same old Jazz as always. Seriously, there’s still 6 months left, How is it that they already have supply issues, and how is it that it won’t be resolved within that timeframe??

    • Jay Dee

      It’s a planned “shortage.” Have very few 8’s available at launch so impatient customers buy the 7s to boost those sales and Q3 results and then most people will get the 8 in time to boost Q4 sales all while creating hype and “exclusivity” on the iPhone 8 over the holidays. Typical Apple.

      • Blip dude

        LOL, yup. But I guess I should be more thankful of them to be doing that. While I definitely could use an upgrade due to the hardware issues on my 6S plus, waiting it out and watch the impatient customers rip each other apart will make things easier once Apple decides artificial scarcity is no longer needed.

  • askep3

    This seems more likely, I doubt Apple would release late

  • Jerwyn Feria

    It also depends on people who is upgrading their Apple Device Payment Plan, iPhone 7 Launch had special reserved devices for people who had devices under CitizenOne Payment Plan, so who’s to say they may or may not do the same this time around again