Apple is getting a head start manufacturing the iPhone 8, according to a report from analysts at BlueFin Research Partners. “Early indication [is that Apple is] trying to pull in next generation iPhone builds as much as possible,” write John Donovan and Steve Mullane in a note issued this morning.
However, the analysts remain unsure whether this means Apple will debut the iPhone 8 earlier than its expected September launch date.
Personally, I’d be very surprised if Apple announces and releases the iPhone 8 any earlier than September, although there’s an incredibly unlikely off-chance that it could do so in June to fit with the 10th anniversary of the original iPhone, which shipped in June 2007.
Instead, if today’s report is accurate, it would seem likely that Apple is stockpiling additional iPhone 8 units, knowing that the handset should be Apple’s most significant launch since 2014’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Donovan and Mullane note that forecasts for iPhone 8 sales have increased 10 percent from last month to 122 million units.
“Interestingly, our present reads suggest a 300% increase in iPhone 8/X builds in the June quarter, now sitting at 9M. As a result, overall June quarter builds have increased from 45M to 48M, with the sharp increase in iPhone 8 offset somewhat by modest declines in legacy models. In the past, builds of upcoming releases began in earnest early in the September quarter, so this is a departure from AAPL’s normal build cadence.”
Previous rumors have suggested that the next-gen iPhone will sport a design boasting glass in the front and back sections, with a stainless steel band sandwiched in between. One report has claimed the dual-lens camera will be reconfigured in such a way that the telephoto lens sits below the wide-angle lens instead of beside it.
We’re also expecting wireless charging, improved camera sensors, a zippier A11 processor, improved waterproofing and more.
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