Unnamed Korean parts suppliers for Apple’s iPhone 8 are said to have started their shipments just recently, hinting at the phone’s delayed launch no earlier than November.
“We started our shipments from late August,” an official from a local Apple supplier told The Investor on condition of anonymity. He said his firm usually ships parts for Apple in the initial phase of the supply chain, declining to further elaborate.
“Apple has not yet informed us the exact supply volume as it was still fine-tuning hardware specifications for the OLED iPhone until last week,” he added.
Apple last week sent a media invitation for the new iPhone unveiling on Sept. 12. But considering most parts suppliers have started their shipments in recent weeks, industry sources predict the OLED model release could be delayed to November.
“Even if the OLED iPhone is launched in September, it will be available in an extremely limited quantity,” said another source who also wished to be unnamed.
His forecast is in line with predictions by KGI Securities analyst Min-Chi Kuo who has a good track record of correctly relaying information on new Apple devices. He earlier predicted the iPhone 8 would be available in limited numbers, about 2 to 4 million, in September.
But, due to the late date and the fact that the sources are not official, we advise to take this with two pinches of salt.