An analyst with Morningstar says that Apple’s $9.7 billion acquisition of Samsung Electronics may not be as close to the iPhone 6s as we were expecting.
According to Morningstar analyst Peter Oppenheimer, Apple is likely to “continue to look at other devices” in the future.
That could mean the iPhone X, which could be unveiled later this year.
Oppenheim said that Apple may be “very comfortable” with the iPhone 8 or iPhone XS.
“It’s just not as close,” Oppenher said.
“The iPhone X is still a long way off, and it’s going to take a few more years to build the best, most powerful, best screen.
That’s just a fact.”
According to the analyst, Apple could announce a new phone in 2018 or 2019, but the company may have to delay it.
Oppensheimer said that the company could delay the iPhone 9 and iPhone X because of the iPhone’s size and the difficulty of making an iPhone in an affordable, smaller package.
Apple announced the iPhone 7 in September.