Apple’s tenth anniversary iPhone has already gotten a lot of people excited over the prospect of buying an entirely redesigned iPhone with a bezel-less OLED display. However, a new Barclays report asserts that the highly-anticipated handset will not be offered in large quantities until much later in the year.
As per the researchers, the iPhone 8 or iPhone Pro will be launched alongside the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus in September 2017. However, the premium variant may only be available in limited quantities that month. They even go as far as to predict that shipping estimates will slip to several weeks just minutes after pre-orders kick off.
The note claims that the majority of iPhone Pro volumes won’t be available until Q4 this year. The prediction goes slightly against a previous rumor which asserted that the smartphone would be announced along with the others in September but get released much later.
Barclays’ timeline falls in line with what happened with the Jet Black iPhone 7 Plus last year. The model was constantly out of stock in the early going because of high demand. The same fate may well befall the iPhone 8 given its assumed status as a special edition OLED iPhone.
The report also expects the iPhone 8 to sport a 5.8-inch screen, of which 5.15-inch will be usable and the rest could be taken up by virtual buttons. Touch ID could be embedded directly onto the display. Other possible specs include a larger battery, 3D selfie camera, dual rear shooters, and film-based Force Touch.
Barclays also claims that the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus, and iPhone 8 will boast of wireless charging abilities. However, the accompanying accessories might be vended separately. Suppliers are apparently positive about the upcoming launch, stating that the new features will drive a more complicated manufacturing process and higher ASPs (average selling price).