KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is back with a bag full of predictions for the 2017 iPhone series. The mostly reliable tipster claims that Apple is going to release the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and iPhone 8 in only 3 colors this year namely black, silver, and gold.
His assertions are backed up by a recent leak which showcases 3 alleged iPhone 8 models side-by-side in gold, black, and silver. The first gives off more of a copper vibe though, so it’s unclear if Apple is heading in a different direction from its current gold shade or if the leak itself is inaccurate.
The iPhone 7 is currently being sold in rose gold, black, jet black, gold, silver, and a special edition red model which came out a few months after its arrival. It’s not clear why Apple might be dropping rose gold for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus given that the two are expected to feature the same design and materials as last year. The decision will probably disappoint fans of the shade.
Kuo believes that the iPhone 8, iPhone 7s, and iPhone 7s Plus will all be announced at the same time in September, putting an end to speculation that the first was set to get delayed. However, he thinks the handset will be in extremely short supply at launch.
The supply chain may manufacture between 2 million and 4 million units of the iPhone 8 this quarter. This may eventually ramp up to 45 or 50 million units in 2017, but there will probably be an acute shortage till Q1 of 2018. Meanwhile, there could be between 35 and 38 million iPhone 7s units and 18 to 20 million iPhone 7s Plus units in production.
Interestingly, Kuo says that all 3 iPhone options will be equipped with fast charging. There’s a catch though, as buyers might have to spend extra cash on a Lighting-to-USB-C cable and wall adapter to benefit from it. Apple does something similar with the iPad Pro, so there is precedent for this approach.
Kuo goes on to state that the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are currently in mass production. The iPhone 8 will probably enter the product verification test phase in late August and hit mass production in mid-September.