Apple May Be Facing Supply Issues With The iPhone 8
The success of Samsung’s Galaxy S8 means that Apple is under even more pressure to produce a smartphone that captures audiences’ attention. For the most part, they’ve done a pretty good job of that. Hardly a day goes by that there isn’t some new rumor about the phone whether it be related to features, pricing or design. However, today’s rumor brings some bad news for Apple fans.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities has said that the company is two months behind their production schedule. Most of the rumors report that Apple is planning on making some major upgrades to the iPhone, but those same upgrades are the source of the problem. The new hardware is reportedly causing problems for the company’s suppliers.
Normally, Apple increases production around August or September, but, this year, that timetable may be moved back to October or November. This doesn’t necessary mean the iPhone 8 won’t launch in September, but it could mean limited stock. Of course, the bigger danger for the company will be if they are unable to fulfill orders for the busy Christmas season. They will probably be okay with some early supply issues, but Christmas shortages could significantly impact their earnings.
The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus are scheduled to release alongside the iPhone 8 and will not be facing any of the supply issues that will plague Apple’s newest smartphone.
Hopefully, these rumors turn out to be false as the iPhone is Apple’s biggest product and any hits to the phone’s reputation would harm Apple’s carefully cultivated brand.
Eric is an avid tech junkie, gamer, and comic fan. When he's not working on his PC, you'll find him at your local comic book shop.