Apple is expected to launch the iPhone 8 in three variants this September. However, new reports that have surfaced hint that the iPhone 8 will be in short supply for the initial months and that it may not come to market until October, or even November.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI Securities analyst dubbed foremost expert on Apple, has told website 9to5Mac that the production of the iPhone 8 will only start in October or November. Kia says that the delay is because iPhone 8 will have some new components and that Apple is still figuring the supply chain for these components.
Earlier reports have hinted that the iPhone 8 will come in three variants. Of these three phones, the two will be the successor to the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, with the big screen in the Plus version being the major differentiator. Along with these two, there will be another version that will be called the iPhone 8 Anniversary Edition, and it will mark the 10 years of the iPhone. This version will have a more slicker design, with glass and metal frame.
The iPhone 8 is also expected to use an AMOLED Panel and will possibly do away with the home button. To ensure that users still get the functionality of the fingerprint scanner, the iPhone 8 is expected to sport one on the rear cover. Another big change likely in the iPhone 8 compared to the existing iPhones that all variants are expected to come with dual cameras.
The information from Kuo comes days after a report in Bloomberg noted that the iPhone 8 would be delayed by one or two months.
This year, the iPhone 8 will be competing with the likes of the Galaxy S8 that has been already launched in India. The iPhone 8 will also compete with the phones like the Galaxy Note 8, supposed to launch around August and September, and OnePlus 5 that will come in the next two to three months.
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