It may be the most eagerly anticipated smartphone of all time but millions of Apple fans could be disappointed when the iPhone 8 is finally launched later this year.
A new report claims Apple will officially release the iPhone 8 in September.
However, Apple’s new flagship smartphone will only initially be available in limited quantities, reports the normally reliable MacRumours.
The article refers to research from a group of Barclays analysts who have spoken to suppliers about Apple’s plans for the iPhone 8.
According to the report the majority of iPhone 8 stock will not be available until after the fourth quarter, which may mean it will be very difficult for people to get their hands on one at the time of release.
It could also indicate that Apple may launch the phone in major markets first before holding back its release elsewhere when it is certain it has enough units to fulfil demand. Apple used a similar approach when it launched the original versions of the iPhone and iPad.
MacRumors also reports the iPhone 8 will be released alongside a new iPhone 7s and 7s Plus.
In the research note, which calls the iPhone 8 the “iPhone Pro”, an excerpt reads:
“Suppliers generally had good things to say about the upcoming iPhone 8 launch (for our purposes iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone Pro) as new features drive a more complicated manufacturing process and higher ASPs.
“We now believe that all three devices will feature wireless charging and will all be launched in the normal September timeframe, although the majority of iPhone Pro volumes may not be available until Q4.”
The iPhone 8 is expected to feature a completely new design from previous models, including an all glass chassis, curved dual edge display and Touch ID technology.
However, a recent report from Japanese Apple site Macotakara claimed that Apple is still testing a number of prototypes, hinting that the Cupertino firm is yet to fully decide on the final design for its upcoming smartphone.
Earlier this week, Apple announced the release of a red iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, as well as larger capacity version of the iPhone SE.
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