The iPhone 8 could be delayed by more than three weeks, Bank of America analysts say


If you've been paying attention for the past few months, you may have noticed that 2017 isn't the best year if you're a phone maker trying to switch things up. Take Samsung, for example: it's been wildly publicized that the company intended to put an in-glass fingerprint scanner inside its upcoming Galaxy Note 8, but issues with speed and security ultimately killed those plans.

But Sammy's not the only kid on the block looking to get rid of the separate fingerprint scanner: Apple has been rumored for a while to be implementing an in-screen Touch ID for the iPhone 8 as well, but is said to be facing similar issues as its Korean rival. But we've known of this for a while — what's new here is that, according to a recent report from Bank of America's Merrill Lynch division, these issues may ultimately have an impact on the device's release date, which could get pushed back by "three weeks or more."

The analysis is a result of a recent trip to Asia, where the Bank of America division met with Apple suppliers, who reported having problems implementing both the new Touch ID and 3D sensing tech. These issues are the reason behind the analysts' claim, which if true would place the iPhone 8's launch in mid-October.

But the delay may also result in lowered iPhone sales, too: the latest estimates from Merrill Lynch have reduced iPhone shipments for the fiscal year (which ends on September 30) by 11 million, bringing it down to a total of 208.1 million.

This is far from the first time we've heard of a possible delay for the iPhone 8, though: famed Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has previously speculated that the release could be delayed as far back as November, again due to problems associated with the iPhone 8's new tech (though other analysts claim the opposite). Some reports have also claimed that the in-screen Touch ID might not even make its way to the device at all, though from what we've gathered, not even Apple itself is sure which course it'll be taking yet.

source: CNBC via BGR

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18 Comments

1. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Number of ducks given: 0

3. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, Do these so called analysts even know that how production works? Apple already had the design and components on lock since april and most of what they're doing now is ironing out software bugs. By august they'll be doing keynote reheasals and putting finishing touches to marketing materials. Mass production is probably starting this july. These analysts clearly are clueless.

5. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Respectfully i would like to disagree with you, since spring 2012 and inevitable launch of iphone5 i have been regularly tracking all the leaks for past 5 years now. If you have been tracking these news than you wouldn't disagree with me that these leaks eventually turn out to be true, especially when multiple sources including legendary ming kuo, wsj, bloomberg, and evanleaks start aligning their theories. Please note that the timeline you suggested is entirely true for all previous phones and even 7s and 7s plus. However, given unprofessional apple and john ive is I totally buy that iphone 8 is not completed yet

6. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Yeah, i would agree with you but this year what most of these guys have been doing are speclations and not really saying anything definite. As for the production timeline, this happens every year where they say the phone will be delayed, or will be in short supply at launch but end up being just fine. I'm not saying that what the analysts are saying wont happen, i'm only just trying to point out that whatever apple will end up doing come sept has already being decided long before now. Trust me, apple arent contemplating any hardware features this late in the game.

8. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

More likely that apple will shoot itself in the foot by delaying iphone 8 by a few months or even whole year. Couldn't care less about whatever they do. Macbooks can't even offer 4k display despite charging 3k dollars for best configuration models. Keep sleeping apple

10. omnitech

Posts: 1131; Member since: Sep 28, 2016

Yes the iPhone 7s and 7s plus are more than ready like you say. This new iPhone however is either going not have half the tech you are spewing out in every Apple article or is just going to be an iPhone 7s with an OLED display or be nothing special if they choose to call it the iPhone 8. This new phone that is supposed to be so high tech and have these issues that will delay it probably isn't even meant for this year and they have plenty of time to iron out the kinks by September 2018. Apple is the only company that can get away with a two or three year refresh cycles without the media and consumers tearing them a new one thanks to sheep like you. Why wouldn't they start now considering the iPhone 7s design was completed 3 years ago? This delayed crap probably isn't even meant for this year.

14. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

Actually omnitech just said what i have been thinking for a very long time, maybe not september but how about june 2018 back to good old days of summer iphone launch. To make up for lost opportunity over the expected decline in sales if only 7s and 7s plus are released.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No they do not according to an article PA posted just a few days ago. Apple had literally 3 weeks left to finalize the iPhone design, which they have not finalized yet. No matter what you believe, no matter how strongly you believe it, it will never make it be true. I do strongly believe that you're stupid and incapable of yoru own though and are against anything sad that doesn't paint Apple the way you think it should. I not only believe it, I can prove it beyond reasonable doubt that it is true. Can you do the same for Apple?

15. seret6

Posts: 279; Member since: Aug 14, 2013

I domt have a grudge against samsung or apple or any company for that matter Typing this on my ipad pro The only company I have a grudge against is htc, they had real shot at actually becoming something had they continued with m7 a real gem of a smartphone. M8 was also bearable. M9 and its successors were literal disasters. I have only used m7 and m9. Not buying htc again

2. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

With Samsung, LG, and Sony expected to bring on their A-game the end of August, Apple better get things right with the iPhone 8.

7. pixel_ftw

Posts: 83; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

I'm afraid Samsung, LG, Sony's phones not going to have much impact on new iPhone. If the new design is confirm for iPhone then these companies will have hard time with their phones even if they their phones are than iPhones. I wouldn't be surprised if Apple broke record again this year with all the hype. #iPhonehypeisreal #Huge number of apple fans waiting for these newly designed iPhones.

18. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

This may be true, but Apple can't afford to ride on others coattails and expect to be top-dog forever. Sony made the same mistake back in the day and they're hardly making a profit these days.

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Get it together Apple, clicks ticking.

9. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No don't get it together Apple, just f**k up big style lol

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I don't hate Apple bro. I'm an iOS user, and have had all the top iPhones since 07. I simply want Apple to give me more for my money, than they currently do. Samsung is my #1 Apple is my #2 It's this sheep crew of Bankz, cnour, Mxyflashmite, apple-rulz, Lundberg, piyath, and ncxt that make people here dislike Apple, but I like them. If the iPhone delivers what I want, I'll buy it and the Note 8. Note 8 is my must have device though. I wanna see the iPhone get the same love the iPad now gets.

16. Slytherin

Posts: 268; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No i only said it as a joke bro, i love to have some fun with sheep. Lol If anything there is one thing that I do admire every day in work when I see people using their iPhone, and that is how fast/responsive the device is to the touch. Even if I was a neutral and saw all the reports of the iPhone 8 coming in at 1200/1300, even a blind man can see that the Note 8 brings so much more to the table for it's price than an iPhone ever will. An iPhone is like being in a prison, but getting around in it very fast, but with a Samsung device it's like breaking free and gaining freedom with no restrictions at a fast speed. Yeah that Sheep posse need to get out of dodge, cause sheriff Sam is back in town! Lmfao

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I can dig that entire post. Right on.

11. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I think Apple is facing a hard time now that this is going to be the first redesign of their signature product without a Steve Jobs at helm to influence the design language. I believe they will deliver but not just as big as people seem to think. Yes, they maybe able to get the 3d facial rec working but they may have decided to place the FPS on the power button rather then the screen. At this point it's anyone's guess . But one thing is certain Apple will sell a lot of iPhones this fall.

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