The iPhone 8 is expected to be the most significant upgrade to Apple’s flagship smartphone range to date. The iPhone 8 will likely usher in an all-new premium design with an OLED display, and demand is expected to initially far outpace supply.
The iPhone 8 will likely be unveiled alongside both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus — both of which will be slight refreshes of the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These “lesser” iPhones are expected to be available shortly after their official September announcement.
However, Apple analyst Brian White says that the iPhone 8 will lag in availability by a few weeks due to the more advanced technology inside:
Our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3D sensing technology, but still in time for the December holidays. This is not the first time that we've heard about a potential delay with a new iPhone; however, our contact was so emphatic about the delay that we are taking this data point more seriously. Since it is only April, this situation could improve.
If this research note is accurate, the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will be available to purchase in September, with initial iPhone 8 availability stretching into October or possibly November.
It should also be noted that this rumor states that the iPhone 8 will have a 5.8-inch OLED display, instead of 5.2 inches that has been previously widely reported. If the larger screen size is indeed accurate, it would put the iPhone 8 on even footing with the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S8+.
We can only hope that Apple will take the necessary step to increase the resolution of the display, as the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lag behind their Android competition with screens resolutions of 1334x750 and 1920x1080 respectively.