Tech giant Apple is expected to unveil a new iPhone this year, however, reports suggest that its release may be delayed.
The iPhone 8 is rumoured to have a revolutionary new design with a bezel less OLED display and a new 3D camera. Increasing reports suggest the Cupertino giant might unveil the new smartphone in September but delay its release to later during the year.
According to a research note from Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White, Apple’s new 3D camera is facing challenges that could result in delay of the new smartphone’s release.
“Our contact strongly believes the 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be delayed by several weeks due to challenges around the 3D sensing technology but still in time for the December holidays. This is not the first time that we have heard about a potential delay with a new iPhone; however, our contact was so emphatic about the delay that we are taking this data point more seriously. Since it is only April, this situation could improve,” read the research note.
One possibility White lays out is that Apple could announce the redesigned iPhone in September, but instead of it going on sale shortly afterwards, it would go up for pre-orders instead.
The 3D camera is expected to be one of the major new features of the new smartphone and is critical for Apple’s ambition in augmented reality. The 3D camera would also give the new iPhone better capabilities to handle facial recognition that won’t be fooled by a photo, something we saw on Samsung’s new Galaxy S8.
This article originally appeared on Business Insider.