The highly anticipated flagship device from Apple is the iPhone 8. Since 2016, the next iPhone has been generating news ranging from leaks, speculation, and renders. The device has been given all forms of conceptualization, from videos, diagrams, and schematics, among others. Its release has been speculated on endlessly, and every Apple event is anticipated to be its launch. However, a news article today is not good news if proven accurate. The most recent claims suggest that the device will not be released in 2017.

No release this year

The bomb dropped earlier today could be bad news for those who have been waiting for the iPhone 8.

Interestingly, in the past weeks, talks of a shortage in supply of the alleged OLED display for the device has been pointed to as one of the reasons for the delayed launch. However, a new story surfaced, claiming to have stemmed from one of Apple's manufacturers, Foxconn.

The reports came from within Foxconn, which is the company's main manufacturer of iPhones. According to the story, the Cupertino-based tech giant only placed orders for iPhone 7s and 7S Plus. Previous reports note that these two will be released alongside the flagship device with all new specs and features. The packaging materials for these two devices reportedly will arrive at Apple headquarters in June for a potential release in September.

Aside from this, there were several reports claiming that because of the shortage of some of its components, Apple will delay its release to 2018. However, there are still those who believe that the company will still launch and release the iPhone 8 in 2017.

September 2017 release

KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has been accurate with past predictions, said that the company will release the highly anticipated device in September 2017.

However, he forecasted that there would be a massive shortage in supply for the whole year because production would be very limited due to several issues with some of its components. One cause of delay is the OLED production which is expected to start en masse in October or November. Bloomberg and Barclay's analyst Brian White has also agreed with the prediction.

iPhone 8 reportedly will be released with a radical design. It is speculated to have an OLED panel and the latest 10-nanometer A11 processor. It is also expected to have a dual camera with powerful camera sensors.