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Apple analyst negates all iPhone 8 myths, confirms September release

Apple analysts affirms iPhone 8 release date in September, alongside with the less-impressive incrementally upgraded iPhone 7s and 7s Plus smartphones.

Despite all the concerns, rumors, and speculation swirling around the iPhone 8 release date, a new note from notoriously reputable analyst Ming Chi-Kuo claims that the iPhone 8 will, as a matter of fact, be unveiled in time alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus later this fall.

In a research note picked up by the AppleInsider, Kuo notes that the Cupertino-headquartered technology company Apple, as in the recent years, will launch its 2017 iPhone lineup at a special media event sometime in early September. Not too long after, all three smartphones will be released concurrently, presumably in late September or early October.

Just because the Apple iPhone 8 will launch in September doesn’t mean the general public will be able to get their hands on it right away. Mirroring a number of previous reports, Kuo added that the initial supply of Apple’s highly anticipated smartphone will be extremely limited and that the tech giant may only be able to manufacture “between 2 million and 4 million” during the current quarter.

KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo’s note reads in part:

The OLED version will be in short supply as we forecast shipments in 3Q17 will be 2-4mn units or less. We do not think production of the OLED iPhone will pick up substantially before 4Q17; and given strong demand, tight supply may persist until 1Q18 before improving much.

With that being said, this is norm for the course any time the world’s most valuable publicly listed company introduces a new smartphone design, which is to safely say that the public can expect Apple to quickly expand production as it heads into holiday season. Furthermore, Kuo stressed out that the mass production on the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus has already been started, with the more expensive iPhone 8 said to enter mass production in about five weeks.

Kuo also added that the Apple iPhone 8 will be available in three color variants: black, silver, and gold.

It’s reassuring to see that the iPhone 8 release date won’t be subjected to any extreme delays. Over the past few weeks we’ve learned quite a number of reports claiming that the Apple’s next-iteration iPhone wouldn’t be available for purchase until October or mid-November.

Some can only surprise if the more negative reports about the iPhone 8 release date were due to Apple’s initial aspiration to embed the Touch ID fingerprint sensor under the display of iPhone 8.

Other iPhone 8 features we can expect to see include a new radical design with an almost bezel-less OLED screen display, more RAM, improved battery capacity and life, improved vertically designed back cameras, 3D Face ID facial recognition sensor, fast charging, and wireless charging functionality and more.

Jullie Anne Mendoza

Jiliane is a Manila-based writer who covers the business, political science and science, the firms that are leading that charge, as well as those that are left behind. She has been writing since 2000, most recently for BuzzFeed Philippines.

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