According to an alleged internal memo, Apple is imposing a “black out” on time off for AppleCare staff between September 17 and November 4, which leads us to believe that it’s planning to release the much-anticipated iPhone 8, alongside the long-rumored iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, at some point during this timeframe.
“As you know, there are new product announcement and launches in September. In anticipation of the upcoming events and the corresponding heightened call volume expected, we will be increasing our staff across all of our programs over the summer,” reads the memo, which was obtained by leaker Benjamin Geskin.
At this point, it’s looking likely that September 17th will be the date of the keynote, which matches up with previous iPhone releases. If this turns out to be true, it’s possible that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will start shipping the following week, but there’s no guarantee that the iPhone 8 will be ready to hit the shelves at the same time.
Recent reports claim that Apple has only just overcome production problems related to embedding a Touch ID sensor in the iPhone 8’s 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display, with some suppliers reportedly adding that they’ll start mass producing the handset in October or November, which could mean that very few units will be available in 2017.
These dates are subject to change
Not wanting to set anything in stone, the Cupertino ends the memo with the following note: “Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change as our support volume expectations fluctuate. We will keep you advised of any black-out date changes and additions as soon as we are made aware of new initiatives.”