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

Backtracking from his earlier claim that iPhone 8 might offer fewer casing colors to “maintain its boutique image,” respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo with KGI Securities is now saying that all three iPhone models slated for release this year will come in only three color options—Black, Silver and Gold—and launch simultaneously in September.

According to his note to clients, obtained by MacRumors, Apple will kick off mass production of the OLED iPhone model in mid-September, not in late-October as previously reported.

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.


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