Apple has confirmed that it plans to launch its new iPhones later this year. “Last year we started selling new iPhones at the end of September, this year we expect to supply power a few weeks later,” said Luca Maestri of Apple CFO in a telephone interview with investors.
Maestri has not revealed the reason why this year’s offer for the iPhone is delayed or limited, but rumors of a delay for the iPhone have been around for months. Wall Street Journal earlier this year, Apple announced that it had delayed mass production of its upcoming iPhone phones by about a month. Qualcomm also hinted at the delay for the iPhone earlier this week, stressing the “partial impact of the delay in the global launch of the main 5G phone”; on its fourth-quarter projections.
Apple will typically introduce its annual iPhone renewal in September and begin shipping devices before the end of the month. It is unclear whether the devices will not be ready until October, but Apple may still have decided to introduce its new phones during the September event.
This is not the first time Apple has delayed delivery of the iPhone. The iPhone X was announced along with the iPhone 8 in September 2017, but did not arrive in stores until November due to production problems. Apple’s Apple XR was also announced in September 2018 and hit stores in October, with reports indicating that Apple had problems making LCD displays.