Apple’s manufacturing partners have begun mass production of the iPhone 8 and two iPhone 7s handsets, ahead of the smartphones' expected arrival in September.
Reports citing supply-chain sources suggest work has begun on assembling three phones: the hugely overhauled iPhone 8 and the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus that are said to be based on last year’s iPhone 7, but with improved internal specs.
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The latter pair are also expected to be made from reinforced glass, meaning they could support wireless charging.
The insiders did not reveal any design details about the iPhone 8, but disclose that the phone will feature a 5.8–inch OLED display made by Apple’s arch–rivals Samsung.
It's expected that Apple will make up to 80 million units of its new top–end phone by the end of 2017, in a bid to outgun Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 8 and Google’s highly–anticipated Pixel 2.
Last week saw Apple launch iOS 11, its new software for the iPhone, which is set to roll out to existing handsets at the same time the iPhone 8 is unveiled.