Apple’s iPhone 8 will launch alongside new iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus models this September, but supply is likely to be heavily constrained until much later in the year.
That’s according to a group of Barclays analysts, who have spoken to suppliers about Apple’s plans.
In a research note, in which they dub the iPhone 8 the ‘iPhone Pro’, they say that, “...the majority of iPhone Pro volumes may not be available until Q4 [October to December].”
It’s not clear whether this means Apple will reveal the iPhone 8 or iPhone Pro in September and then hold back its release until it has enough units to satisfy demand. This would be the same approach it took with the launch of the original iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch.
The iPhone 8 is expected to feature a complete design overhaul compared with previous models, with an all–glass chassis, fingerprint scanning Touch ID tech behind the device’s main screen and a possible curved display measuring as much as 5.8–inches.
Earlier thus week, Apple revealed new additions to its lineup, including a Product Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and updated iPhone SE models with more storage.