Deutsche Bank is the latest to voice doubts about the iPhone 8 launching before next year, Business Insider reports. Referencing a Value Walk story from last week claiming to have insider information from a Foxconn employee, the bank said, “Report suggests no new iPhone 8 this calendar year. As we have written in previous [research notes], several supply chain reports have suggested that key component shortages and technical challenges could delay the release of a high-end iPhone 8 device this fall.” Like previous reports, the Value Walk story relies on timelines for the delivery of packaging for the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which the sources said will begin arriving at the end of June.
Plenty of others have voiced concerns about delays as well, with KGI’s Ming-Chi Kuo predicting that Apple won’t be producing the iPhone 8 until October or November due to a shortage of the device’s upgraded components. That would seem to back up Deutsche Bank’s logic given that Apple starts mass producing iPhones as early as June to meet the usual September launch deadline. Still other (somewhat less reputable) sources have used the same Foxconn packaging rumors to come to the conclusion that Apple will only be releasing two iPhone 8 models and no iPhone 7s or 7s Plus.