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 offer to be available a few weeks later,” said Apple CFO Luca Maestri in a profit call with investors today.
Maestri has not revealed why this year’s iPhone delivery has been delayed or limited, but rumors of an iPhone delay have been circulating for months. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this year that Apple had delayed mass production of its upcoming iPhone handsets by about a month. Qualcomm also hinted at an iPhone slowdown earlier this week, highlighting a “partial impact of the slowdown from a global launch of a 5G flagship phone” for its fourth quarter projections.
Apple typically unveils its annual iPhone refresh in September and begins shipping devices before the end of the month. It’s not clear whether devices will be ready until October, but Apple may still choose to unveil its new phones at a September event.
This is not the first time Apple has delayed shipping an iPhone. The iPhone X was announced alongside the iPhone 8 in September 2017, but only hit stores in November due to manufacturing issues. Apple’s iPhone XR was also announced in September 2018, and it hit stores in October after reports suggested Apple was having trouble producing LCD screens.