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17 July 2017

Apple will reportedly delay more than just the iPhone 8 this year

iPhone fans might want to move their hopes beyond September.
iPhone fans might want to move their hopes beyond September.

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They say good things come to those who wait, right? Hopefully, Apple fans will take that old saying to heart if fall rolls around with no new iPhones in sight. 

Apple is expected to launch the redesigned, juiced-up iPhone 8 alongside two less substantial updates to the current line, the 7S and 7S Plus, in September. The latest rumor to hit the news cycle, which comes from the company’s overseas supply chain via Chinese publication Digitimes, however, claims there will be delays to all three iPhones.   

We’ve heard about potential delays before, but we have at least been able to count on the smaller updates, the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, for a September keynote reveal and launch. The new report, which was spotted by Macrumors, claims those devices aren’t on track for a September release, either. All three of 2017’s iPhones could come late.

The delay whispers started back in April, but multiple sources claimed just last week that the deluxe version of the flagship is facing troubling production hurdles. Apple is reportedly struggling to package new features like wireless charging, a 3D scanner, embedded Touch ID, and an OLED display into the new device.   

The latest Digitimes report claims that contrary to other sources, production on the iPhone 8 hasn’t yet begun, which means the phone won’t be ready for release until November or December at the earliest. That two-month delay won’t bring much relief to anxious Apple fans, either — even then, the company might only be able to ship out the drool-inducing handset “in small volumes initially.”

Apple might only be able to ship out the drool-inducing handset “in small volumes initially”

The LCD-screened iPhone 7S and 7S Plus, which reportedly won’t have the impressive specs of the deluxe version but are expected to add wireless charging, have reportedly not begun production, either. That’s about two months behind the schedule of previous years, which could make the September launch a difficult prospect.   

There’s not much good news to take from the report, but remember, these are unconfirmed rumors. Apple and its partners could still pull through and deliver all three phones on time.

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