We’ve heard plenty of chatter about Apple’s rumored iPhone 8, likely bound for the market sometime next September, but not very much about the company’s smaller models. A new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo, who always has an ear to the tracks in Apple’s supply chain, suggests some of the high-end features will also trickle down to Apple’s mid-size iPhone.
Kuo’s latest report suggests Apple’s suppliers are gearing up to produce wireless charging units, OLED displays and glass panels for the 4.7-inch iPhone. Apple’s 4.7-inch iPhone is typically the standard model, more advanced than the smallest 4-inch devices but often lacking flagship features found in the Plus-sized iPhones.
This year, for example, the iPhone 7 Plus sports special dual-cameras on the back while the standard iPhone 7 does not. It seemed plausible that Apple might save the glass design, the wireless charging or the OLED panel as an exclusive feature for its most advanced iPhone 8 next year, but Kuo’s report disputes those suggestions. Indeed, earlier reports from Kuo have also suggested that all of Apple’s new iPhones will sport wireless charging, a feature Apple has yet to dip its toes into.
As a result of the added features, however, Kuo believes Apple may have a very successful iPhone on its hands. Kuo suggests the device may call for “unprecedented replacement demand” from consumers who are ready to swap out their older iPhones, perhaps beating Apple’s previous records. As a result, Apple’s suppliers are gearing up to build somewhere between 120 million and 150 million units, Kuo said.
iPhone 8 supply chain rumors probably hold some truth
It might seem like it’s too early to speculate and predict Apple’s moves for the next iPhone, but, in reality, the company is very likely indeed moving ahead pretty quickly on development. It usually takes at least a year for a firm to get a new product out to consumers. We’re now just 10 months away from the expected launch of Apple’s next iPhone.
Apple’s flagship iPhone 8 is expected to offer a curved OLED display, a feature that may help it stand out from the aforementioned smaller 4.7-inch devices. Apple is apparently testing 10 different flagship prototypes, however, so it’s still unclear what sort of device we can expect at the high end.
Still, it makes sense for Apple to start preparing enough supplies long in advance of launch, especially if it’s planning to use components it hasn’t used before. Any lack of preparation could lead to shortages.