With more and more iPhone rumors reaching the surface with every passing day, a report from a more familiar and trusted source has reached us today. According to well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s premium flagship for this year that some are calling the 10th anniversary edition variant, iPhone 8 is set to be launched alongside the other two models, iPhone 7S and 7S Plus.
Rumors have been circulating for some time that due to a lack of agility in production and no ramp-up so far, iPhone 8 could experience extended extreme shortage of supply and even delayed launch. Today, in a report in Japanese site Mac Otakara, Kuo has come forward with his own version of what’s about to happen with iPhone 8 later this year: he says that the oft-scheduled ramp-up of production in August and September could be pushed back to October and November this year, and, as a result, Apple could really reap the dividends of iPhone 8 in the first quarter of 2018. That is, if iPhone 8 really holds up and provides all that various reports have been indicating and then some, including a bezel-less display, wireless charging, and embedded Home button with fingerprint scanner as well as front sensors.
That being said, Kuo has denied that there will be no shortage of supply at launch for the “premium” variant of this year’s flagship. Instead, he’s pointed towards the phone’s merits and what they have to offer will make them worth the wait, so to speak. He’s also indicated in the report that a 60:40 ratio has been projected for the OLED and LCD variants of iPhone this year, and in the “worst case scenario”, a 15 to 20 percent decrease in shipments could be witnessed. Even with the decrease due to shortage of supply initially, 80 to 90 million iPhones could be sold, instead of 100 to 110 million.
Some of the rumored features coming to the 10th anniversary iPhone are a bezel-less slightly-curved display with the fingerprint scanner either embedded or on the back beside the rear camera lens, truly-wireless charging for the first time, as well as the usual yearly upgrades for the processor and camera.