Source claims iPhone 7s production is underway, iPhone 8 on track


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iPhone 8 could arrive on time after all.
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iPhone 7s production has already started and iPhone 8 won’t be delayed, according to one tipster, who claims to have been speaking to a source at Foxconn.

It is believed that Apple’s largest manufacturing partner is currently assembling around 200 units per day as part of a trial run, but that number will increase significantly as we approach an official unveiling this September.

Most of us have already gotten used to the idea that we might not get our hands on an iPhone 8 this September. An increasing number of reports have recently claimed that the device will be delayed until as late as November, while others say initial supplies will be incredibly slim.

But Benjamin Geskin, a Twitter tipster who has been making a name for himself with various iPhone 8 leaks, claims we have nothing to worry about. A Foxconn source has told him iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are already in trial production, and iPhone 8 will arrive on time.

Geskin also claims that a “testing machine” (believed to be an iPhone 8 prototype) has been produced with a fingerprint-scanning display. Apple has “maybe” ironed out earlier issues that made it difficult to embed its Touch ID sensor under the iPhone’s cover glass, he says.

Although Geskin’s leaks have been impressive, we should take these claims with a pinch of salt until Apple’s next-generation iPhones are confirmed this fall.

Much bigger sources have warned of lengthy iPhone 8 delays, and others, including Bloomberg and ever-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, have said it may eliminate Touch ID entirely in favor of new 3D sensors that will allow for advanced facial recognition.

Geskin’s claims offer some hope, then, but they’re not confirmation of anything just yet.