As the launch of the next iPhone, presumably called ‘iPhone 8‘, looms near, some analysts are saying the rumored third variant of the device may take a little longer than expected to reach consumers. The three options that are expected to launch this September are the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, with the addition of a 5.8-inch display variant.
According to the leaked illustrations of the rumored trio, the device’s size will remain the same as the 5.5-inch version, but the screen’s real estate will be .3-inches larger. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but even the slightest additional screen space on any smartphone makes a huge difference. This is why pre-orders for the newest addition to the iPhone lineup are expected to be pretty high. Of course, the higher the demand for the device, the longer it will take to fulfill every order.
Apple’s iPhone 8 Hype
The iPhone 8 (which is what everyone is calling it until we are informed otherwise) is expected to launch in September of this year, according to Apple’s pattern of launching devices in the past. Consumers have been excited about the new phone since the iPhone 7/7 Plus launched last year. The new iPhone will be in line with the tenth anniversary of the original iPhone’s launch in 2007, and every Apple lover is freaking out because we all know good things are in store.
As I mentioned, the iPhone 8 is expected to come in three variants – 4.7-inch, 5.5-inch, and 5.8-inch displays. Other than the size rumors, there’s also a lot of talk about other software and hardware upgrades. The rumor mill has swirled about what will come inside the iPhone 8, and the expectations are nothing short of extraordinary. I mean, if you’re on track to be the first trillion-dollar company and you’re going to have a tenth anniversary phone, it’s a big deal.
iPhone 8 Delay Expectations
Brian White, a longtime Apple analyst, expects the 5.8-inch variant to ship much later than the other two models. In an excerpt from his research, which he sent to investment bank Drexel Hamilton, White explains: “Essentially, our contact believes customers will be able to pre-order the new 5.8-inch iPhone 8 along with the new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones in September; however, the 5.8-inch [variant] will not be available for delivery until several weeks later.”
So why the delay? Back in November 2016, we saw a similar situation with iPhone 7/7 Plus orders. Once the devices were launched and available for purchase, Apple consumers went nuts while trying to order their iPhones. Because of the influx of traffic, Apple’s site suffered lag and temporary shutdowns, and the inventory was gone in a flash. It seems that every iPhone launch includes some sort of shipping or delivery issue, and it gets worse each year.
Previous Solutions by Apple
Apple has helped the issue somewhat by offering more color and storage options. In the past ten years, we’ve gone from one color to five – and a bonus (PRODUCT)RED™ Special Edition iPhone 7. The storage options have also increased, as now consumers can get up to 256GB of memory on their iPhone.
With analysts already saying there may be a shipping delay with at least one iPhone 8 variant, it makes us wonder what Apple may do to counter the problem. Will they release more colors? Could we see an iPhone 5C-like version of the new iPhone for lower-income consumers? Or will Apple try to capitalize on the demand by releasing lower quantities over a period of time? I guess we’ll see in September. You better believe I’ll have my credit card ready when the new devices officially launch, though. I don’t want to take any chances.