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Apple Design, Supply Issues Might Delay This Year’s iPhone Release

There’s rising speculation that Apple might come out with its next iPhone later than expected this year due to unresolved design and supply issues. The company, which normally releases new flagship devices in September, is said to be exploring a variety of new features that could push back the launch date.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the first iPhone, which Asymco analyst Horace Dediu earlier this year proclaimed “the most successful product of all time,” having sold an expected total of 1.2 bllion units from 2007 through the first half of 2017.

The latest iPhone could arrive one or two months later than usual because of possible constraints on the supply of OLED screens and other materials, according to a report in Bloomberg today. It’s also possible that at least one model of the new device will be called the “iPhone Edition,” rather than the iPhone 8, the Japanese site Mac Otakara reported last month.

Expect ‘Top-of-the-Line’ Handset

Like its rival Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, which arrive on the market Friday, Apple’s next iPhone could feature a curved-edge screen face that’s nearly bezel free, various sources have reported. iPhone fans might also have to drop more cash than usual for Apple’s newest phone, which is rumored to be priced in the $1,000 range.

Three new iPhone models could appear in Apple’s lineup this fall, including “a new top-of-the-line handset with an overhauled look,” according to Bloomberg. The article also noted that Apple is likely feeling added pressure to succeed with the new iPhone design in light of previous few models that didn’t feature any big changes. The well-received Samsung Galaxy S8s could also up the ante for Apple, according to the article.

Two of the new iPhones planned for launch later this year will likely be updates…


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