Apple is expected to launch three iPhone variants — iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and the highly anticipated tenth-anniversary iPhone device — at its keynote event on September 12 and recent reports have confirmed that the flagship iPhone will go on sale later.
According to a TechCrunch report, a ‘trusted source’ told them that the ‘fancier version will ship at a later time’ but the exact duration of the gap is still unclear.
This delay in sales of their tenth-anniversary flagship iPhone device could be due to issues with the Touch ID and procurement of OLED displays.
Another reason could be that releasing the tenth anniversary iPhone — which is speculated to sport a bezel-less design in-line with the current trend — alongside iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will most likely result in the new flagship making a dent in the sale prospects of the new iPhone 7 variants.
Tenth-anniversary iPhone flagship might cost you $999
In such a scenario, it seems more likely that Apple might unveil the iPhone 8 at the September 12 key note but schedules it sales a bit later in the year — giving the new iPhone 7s and 7s Plus much-needed space to breathe and sell.
As pointed out earlier by TechCrunch, if Apple indeed decides to go forward with opening sales of the iPhone 8 alongside the other devices, you can expect the iPhone to go on pre-orders the weekend after the September 12 launch and expect them to start shipping by September 22.
According to latest rumors, the next generation iPhone will cost $999 — a $300 jump from its previous generation devices.
Reports from earlier today suggest that the tenth-anniversary iPhone won’t sport the Touch ID fingerprint scanner. If so, let’s just hope they do a brilliant job with their facial recognition hardware as well as software.