Whereas it will seemingly be the primary time all of Apple’s new iPhones will miss a September launch, some particular person fashions introduced beside a pair of stablemates have shipped afterwards. The unique iPhone X was revealed alongside the iPhone eight and eight Plus in September 2017, however wasn’t launched till November that yr. Then, the next yr, the iPhone XR was launched a month after the iPhone XS and XS Max hit retailer cabinets.
Rumors of delayed iPhone launch have been making the rounds for months now, and the thought of delay received a major increase the opposite day after Qualcomm released its own quarterly earnings. The chipmaker stated it anticipated 5G units gross sales in its September quarter as a result of an unnamed buyer was compelled to delay a “world 5G handset launch.” Contemplating the overall regularity of Apple’s launch schedule, the truth that Qualcomm dedicated to assist Apple launch its first 5G iPhone, and the approaching launches of rival units just like the Galaxy Word 20, and right this moment’s announcement feels so much like a foregone conclusion.
Even with this extra readability, Apple’s iPhone launch window nonetheless feels unusually nebulous — prognosticators estimating that Apple wouldn’t launch its latest smartphones till November or December. Whereas that will nonetheless be true — who is aware of what “just a few” means on this case — Maestri’s language was clearly meant to counsel a milder delay. It’s additionally unclear whether or not Apple will select to carry its launch occasion (digital or in any other case) in September as all the time, earlier than launching all the new fashions without delay. Within the meantime, nonetheless, Maestri was fast to notice that Apple anticipated sturdy gross sales from all of its different, non-iPhone merchandise.