iPhone 8 Said to Enter Mass Production Mid-September, Launch With iPhone 7s

There has been a seemingly endless amount of rumors regarding the iPhone 8 (or iPhone Pro, or iPhone X) and expectations for its launch, with many suggesting the phone could be delayed.

Other rumors suggested that the upcoming flagship phone could simply see tight availability after its debut in September, but that the device would launch right alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, two devices that are also rumored to see the light of day in September. One of the sources for those rumored delays was KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who, today, sent out a report that seems to suggest the complete opposite.

On Tuesday, Kuo released an analyst note citing information gathered by supply chain sources, saying that the iPhone 8 will launch in three colors: black, gold, and silver. More than that, though, the analyst now expects that Apple will announce all three new models (the iPhone 8, the iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus) at the same event in September, and that all three devices will also share the same launch date. However, Kuo also expects that the iPhone 8 will see extremely short supply when it does arrive. Kuo expects the supply chain to provide up to 4 million iPhone 8 units this quarter.

Kuo also believes that all three models will support fast charging, but customers may need to buy a Lightning-to-USB-C cable and wall adapter to take advantage of it. He also says that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus have already entered mass production, while the iPhone 8 will go into mass production min mid-September.

Nothing else new is said in the report. The iPhone 8 is still expected to boast an edge-to-edge OLED display, advanced facial recognition features that support Apple Pay, and more. It’s still unclear the state of Touch ID on the upcoming flagship iPhone, but the rumor mill seems to suggest the device won’t offer the feature this time around.

It is also worth noting that the timing of this essential reversal comes on the heels of Apple’s own forecast, which the company delivered during its latest quarterly earnings report. That forecast did more than just hint that Apple plans on launching all three models of new iPhones this year, and that a delay for the iPhone 8 isn’t expected.

[via AppleInsider]