According to Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis, Christopher Hemmelgarn, Thomas O’Malley, and Jerry Zhang, Apple’s high-end 5.8-inch OLED iPhone is still on track for a September launch date. Although, it warns that the majority of stock won’t be available until later in the fourth quarter.
The prediction suggests that Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone will be available in limited quantities in September. However, shipping estimates are likely to slip several weeks out within minutes of pre-orders.
Macrumors obtained this excerpt from the Barclays research note:
Suppliers generally had good things to say about the upcoming iPhone 8 launch (for our purposes iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone Pro) as new features drive a more complicated manufacturing process and higher ASPs. We now believe that all three devices will feature wireless charging and will all be launched in the normal September timeframe, although the majority of iPhone Pro volumes may not be available until Q4.
The iPhone 8 is widely rumored to launch later than usual due to production constraints. However, launching in limited quantity isn’t unusual. With the iPhone 7, Apple launched the Jet Black iPhone with every other color, even though they sold out almost immediately, and in some cases weren’t available for launch day at all. Though, that’s simply a color and this time it’s an entire iPhone line that may be delayed.