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USA TODAY’s Personal Tech Columnist Ed Baig has the lowdown on whether the iPhone8 is worth the buy or if you should wait for iPhone 10’s release.
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The new iPhone 8 Plus is displayed in the showroom after the new product announcement at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, Calif. The iPhone X might make your friends envious, but the iPhone 8 is the model for the masses…similar to flying coach rather than first class. (Photo: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez,)

LOS ANGELES — Apple fans eager to get their hands on the latest, hottest new iPhone probably won’t be camping in hordes on sidewalks this week.

Two new iPhones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, will be released Friday. But it appears the early adopters are waiting for November, when the top-of-the-line $999 iPhone X comes to stores.

“There will be some lines,” says Gene Munster, an investor and analyst with Loup Ventures in Minneapolis. “But the fanatics will wait.”

The shipping delays for the new phones are 1-2 weeks, compared to 2-3 weeks the week prior to the release of the iPhone 7 Plus in 2016, and 3-4 weeks for the iPhone 6 in 2014, says Munster, who has tracked Apple’s shipping delays on its website for the past few years.

Early reviews are in sync. USA TODAY‘s Edward C. Baig said he would skip the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ($699-$949) and hold out for iPhone X. The Wall Street Journal‘s Geoffrey Fowler said the “best thing about iPhone 8 is that it’s entirely avoidable.”

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