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Apple’s 5.8-Inch ‘iPhone 8’ Delayed Past September: Analyst

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Apple’s much-discussed third iPhone model, the one with the 5.8-inch OLED display, will be available for pre-order this fall, along with the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, but deliveries of the premium model will be delayed by several weeks, Drexel Hamilton analyst, Brian White says (via CNBC, MacRumors).

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White, who is currently in Taiwan gathering information about the forthcoming iPhone models, cites challenges around the 3D sensing technology as the possible reason for the delay. Still, the handset will be available in time for the December holiday, he adds.

To those who follow Apple closely, this may sound familiar from previous years, as the new models are always rumoured to be delayed due to various technical challenges, but White says, “our contact was so emphatic about the delay that we are taking this data point more seriously.”

White’s source is a “smartphone contact” who is “diligently following the supply chain data points”.

The analyst’s prediction seems to match that of Barclays from a last month, which claimed that the model with OLED display will likely be hard to obtain.

Apple is expected to include 3D sensors in the upcoming premium iPhone to take advantage of augmented reality technology.

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