iPhone 8, which is scheduled to be released this year, is now said to be on track, although certain reliable sources indicate that a delay is still possible.
The earlier report said that Apple is yet to begin mass production for any of the iPhone models scheduled this year, thus indicating a delay in the release. However, the Geskin report clarifies that Apple is on track despite the modified production schedule.
Twitter leaker Benjamin Geskin today claims that the device is not delayed and has recently entered trial production,” Chance Miller reports for 9to5Mac.
“In a tweet, Geskin quoted his source as saying all three new 2017 iPhone models have begun trial production, including the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8,” Miller reports. “The source, out of the Zhengzhou Foxconn planet, says they are currently producing about 200 units+ per day.”
In the following tweet, Geskin claims that Apple may be moving ahead with the under-display Touch ID, making it the perfect in-screen fingerprint sensor. Apple seems to be ramping up on production by making 200 units per day, indicating mass production might not be too far off.
Source: “Zhengzhou Foxconn has started trial production of 3 new iPhones (7s,7s Plus, “8”) About 200 units per day. iPhone 8 is not delayed”
— Benjamin Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) July 24, 2017
Going by the available information, Apple could release the iPhone 8 as scheduled, but with limited numbers, as some reports have claimed. Some analysts believe that iPhone 8 supply constraints will continue through 2018 as well.
Several reasons are being cited for possible supply issues, including the sourcing of OLED panels, finding enough screen space for a near-zero-bezel look they want for iPhone 8 and even the fingerprint reader
On a confirmed note, we can look forward to having wireless charging built-in for iPhone 8. But the question is, will it be made available with the release or included in iOS software updates later?
Some speculate that Apple may miss the September launch due to custom-ordered parts, wireless charging, and printed circuit boards, which may not be ready by September – Nikkei Asian Review.
However, iPhone 7s and 7s Plus models are expected to be released on schedule.