comscore Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus to launch in September; support wireless charging: KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus to launch in September; support wireless charging: KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo

Apple iPhone 8 was initially believed to be delayed owing to manufactuing issues.


After seeing what the Apple iPhone 8 will look like once launched, reports emerged that the smartphone won’t be delayed. Apple was believed to be facing problems with the OLED panels for the display of the iPhone 8 and thus, the launch was said to be delayed. Many had even suggested that Apple might announce the smartphone in September, but start shipping it only towards the end of the year. However, recent reports suggest that the iPhone 8 is well on track and will be unveiled in September, along with the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. Also Read - How to cancel your Spotify Premium subscription: A step-by-step guide

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The report comes from KGI’s analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who has given solid information in the past. He said that the iPhone 8 will be announced on time and come with limited stocks. Depending on the response, Apple will slowly ramp up the production of the device. While Apple is expected to manufacture overall 50 million units of the iPhone 8, between 2 and 4 million devices will be manufactured and be available in September. It might not be until the Q1 of 2018 that adequate devices are shipped out. This could mean availability delays for the iPhone 8 in international markets. ALSO READ: Also Read - Apple iPhone 13 gets a massive discount on Reliance Digital e-store, ahead of iPhone 14 launch

Coming to the smaller devices, Kuo is expecting Apple to manufacture around 38 million iPhone 7s units and 20 million iPhone 7s Plus devices. All the three smartphones will be available in just three color variants Black, Silver, and Gold. The color variants had leaked previously and show the Gold variant in a much brighter shade than the present one. Another feature Kuo confirmed is wireless charging. Not just the iPhone 8, but even iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will come with the wireless charging functionality as all three will be encased in a glass back. ALSO READ:

The display glass will have a graphite layer beneath the surface to protect the smartphone from overheating. Wireless charging capability will lead to the devices heating up and the graphite layer will help dissipate the heat. Apart from wireless charging, the smartphones will also support fast charging. However, this means one more dongle for Apple users as they will have to purchase a lighting to USB-C adapter for the same. The phones will come with the under-display fingerprint scanner as well as facial recognition technology. The latter means users automatically get an advanced selfie camera. ALSO READ:

According to Kuo, Apple iPhone 8 will have the highest screen-to-body ratio with a 5.8-inch OLED display. The leaks have shown a top cutout for the camera and the facial recognition scanners. The iPhone 7s Plus will be 5.5-inches while the iPhone 7s will be the smallest at 4.7-inches. Kuo believes that the iPhone 8 will be the only model to ship with a vertical dual camera setup on the rear. The RAM of the device will also be higher at 3GB while the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus will come with 2GB RAM. The internal storage variants are likely to begin at 64GB this year. Apart from the dongle for fast-charging, iPhone buyers might also have to invest in a wireless charger as the accessory will not come pre-bundled in the box.

While mass production of the components is well under way, the production of the iPhone will not start before September. The additional features like wireless charging and facial recognition are what will hike up prices of the device even further and Kuo maintains that the iPhone 8 will cost well over $1,000 (approximately Rs 63,400). The pricing of the smaller iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus is unknown though the two are expected to be priced marginally higher than this year’s devices.

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  • Published Date: August 9, 2017 9:51 AM IST

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