Apple’s new iPhone 8 will launch in September with ‘severe’ shortages, with stock not expected to be readily available until the very end of 2017.
Ming Chi Kuo, whose analysis of Apple and its supply chain is highly regarded, says that Apple will not begin ramping up production of the iPhone 8 until October or November. It would usually start that process in August and September.
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This is said to be due to manufacturing challenges relating to the Touch ID panel being placed behind the device’s display, as well as 3D sensing tech.
Kuo doesn’t believe that the shortages will affect the popularity of the iPhone 8 and predicts that consumers will simply wait until more stock is available.
The new iPhone is expected to feature a major redesign, with Apple's Jonathan Ive’s team set to remove the physical home button and making the dual camera vertical so that the phone can fit into a virtual reality headset.
Recent rumours have suggested that Apple could take its cue from LG and Samsung and place the fingerprint scanner round the back of the iPhone 8, in order to get the device on shelves sooner.