Apple has confirmed that it plans to launch its new iPhones a little later this year. “Last year we started selling new iPhones in late September, this year we expect the supply to be available a few weeks later,” Apple CFO Luca Maestri said in an earnings call with investors today.
Maestri did not explain why this year’s iPhone supply is delayed or interrupted, but rumors of an iPhone delay have been going on for months. Wall Street Journal Earlier this year, it was reported that Apple delayed mass production of its upcoming iPhone handset by about a month. Qualcomm indicated an iPhone delay earlier this week for its fourth-quarter projections, highlighting the “partial impact of the global 5G flagship phone launch delay”.
Apple typically reveals its annual iPhone refresh in September and begins shipping devices before the end of the month. It is unclear whether the devices will not be ready until October, but Apple may still choose to unveil its new handset during an event in September.
This is not the first time that Apple has delayed shipping of the iPhone. The iPhone X was announced alongside the iPhone 8 in September 2017, but it did not arrive in stores until November due to production issues. Apple’s iPhone XR was also announced in September 2018, and the report became a hit in stores in October, suggesting Apple had a problem with LCD display production.