A new report claims that Apple’s vendors have started the mass production of the components that will be used inside the three new iPhone models scheduled to be unveiled later this year.
All the three handsets will feature a reinforced glass chassis, with the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models featuring an aluminium metal frame while the 5.8-inch iPhone will feature a metal frame. The 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will feature an AMOLED display, with the other two handsets making use of an LCD panel.
Samsung has been tasked with supplying Apple OLED panels for its new premium OLED iPhone 8. The Korean company will be supplying Apple with around 80 million OLED panels this year alone. The new 5.8-inch iPhone 8 will be more expensive than any other iPhone launched previously by Apple, but it will come with many breakthrough technologies to justify its price tag. It is expected to be available in extremely short supply at launch due to yield issues with various components.
Analysts believe that Apple will end up shipping around 25-30 million units of the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone in the second half of this year, with the premium iPhone 8 shipments expected to surpass 50 million units.
The 5.8-inch iPhone 8 is expected to feature a bezel-less design at the front that will make it more compact than the 5.5-inch iPhone which will also be launched alongside it. It will also feature wireless charging, fast wired charging, some kind of facial recognition, a redesigned vertical camera setup at the rear, and a faster A11 chip.