According to a recent report, the new iPhone 8 handsets will be made official on September at a press event and they will hit the stores in October, Apple will apparently start taking pre-orders of the handsets in September.
The latest round of iPhone 8 rumours claim Apple's next smartphone will come with a free pair of wireless AirPod earphones.
The analyst raised his 12-month price forecast for Apple stock to $202 from $185, reiterating a buy rating on the shares. Even if other parts of the supply chain and assembly are on schedule, iPhone 8 could still face a shipping delay if Apple doesn't solve the technical challenges in implementing the sensor embedding.
If these mixed messages regarding its release are an intentional marketing ploy, it's working.
What's more, assembly giants like Foxconn and Pegatron are said to be accelerating the recruitment and training of new workers ahead of iPhone 8 mass production.
It's always been rumoured that Apple is going big this year; the 10th anniversary iPhone is tipped to pack all kinds of new features. "We believe Apple remains among the most underappreciated stocks in the world". Today, we've got more information on the device. The first two predictions seem plausible, but not the third. Nor does holding off until April or the end of Q1 2018.
However, there was likely an expectation out there that without a dramatic redesign of the device and/or substantial new features, the iPhone 7-series cycle wouldn't be anything close to a "super cycle". If the iPhone 8 release date 2017 launch won't materialize on the planned date, potential buyers will have to consider getting the iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus instead.
Beyond that, there's the common-sense notion that the upcoming premium iPhone 8 is expected to be a radical redesign of the iPhone packed with all sorts of interesting, whiz-bang features.
Obviously, nothing said in these reports is gospel; you need to take these things with a pinch of salt.
According to JP Morgan's analysis, published by 9to5Mac, the new phone will have a dual-lens rear camera like that of the iPhone 7 Plus, improved waterproofing over the current model, and enhanced speakers. Ltd. now owns 9,457,769 shares of the iPhone maker's stock valued at $1,096,072,000 after buying an additional 8,571,027 shares during the last quarter. Probably not - but it's an interesting idea all the same! The reason behind the delay was supposedly the production problems that an OLED iPhone demands.