Two years ago, Intel officially abandoned its tick-tock strategy and inserted the 14nm Kaby Lake into its roadmap as it could not push out 10nm in time. At the time, Intel delayed its 10nm Cannonlake architecture to the second half of 2017. A second delay followed and now DigiTimes is hearing whispers that Cannonlake will not be ready until the end of 2018.
We still don't know what's going on with Intel's 10nm process but if Cannonlake is really delayed for a third time it doesn't bode well for Intel. DigiTimes also suggests Cannonlake may not make a lot of sense anymore as Ice Lake could be available shortly after Cannonlake's revised launch. Some PC brands are reportedly considering to skip Cannonlake:
Intel has reportedly rescheduled the release of its next-generation Cannon Lake-based processors to the end of 2018, which has already affected notebook brand vendors' new projects and their suppliers, according to sources from the upstream supply chain.
Some vendors are even considering skipping Cannon Lake to wait for the release of its successor, the Ice Lake CPUs, which according to Intel's roadmap, should be available shortly after Cannon Lake's rescheduled launch, the sources said.