The official unveiling of the 2017 iPhone models are just around the corner, and coming next week, all rumours of the anniversary edition iPhone will be put to rest. But before that happens, rumours have achieved peak frequency, and we have varied new information about the iPhone 8 or iPhone Edition (whatever it may be called) leaked online. According to new reports, the SIM trays of the new iPhone models suggest the arrival of the ‘Copper Gold’ or ‘Blush Gold’ colour variant, and that new iPhones will be called – iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone Edition – reiterating the naming scheme that was reported last week. Supply chain sources are also reported to claim that the anniversary edition iPhone will be made available in very limited quantities at launch, and the price will start at $999 (roughly Rs. 64,000) – corroborating several previous rumours.
Starting with the supply chain, the OLED iPhone is expected to have been delayed till November, as Investor reports that South Korean part suppliers have only just started to ship their material recently. The report states that the supply chain sources claim that it usually starts supplying to Apple in the first phase of the supply chain, indicating an inevitable delay. The source further added, “Apple has not yet informed us the exact supply volume as it was still fine-tuning hardware specifications for the OLED iPhone until last week.” The report cites another source to add that even if the OLED iPhone is unveiled this month, it will be made available in very limited quantities.
Tipster Benjamin Geskin has leaked the prices of the new iPhone Edition, and he reiterates that it will be made available in 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB storage variants. The prices are tipped to be at $999 (roughly Rs. 64,000), $1,099 (roughly Rs. 70,400), and $1,199 (roughly Rs. 76,800) respectively. As we said, this is in line with what has been rumoured previously as well.
Furthermore, YouTuber Michael Kukielka has shared an image on his Instagram account claiming that the new iPhones will be called iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone Edition, and the image reveals that all the three phones will be made available in Black, White, and what is expected to be called ‘Blush Gold’ at least. The image reveals that the iPhone 8 is the smallest of the lot with a single camera setup, while the iPhone Edition is a little bigger with a vertical dual camera setup, and the iPhone 8 Plus is the largest with a horizontal dual camera setup at the back. All three variants sport metal edges, and a glass back for support for wireless charging.
Tipster Geskin has also leaked alleged SIM-tray images of the new iPhones, and it again reiterates that the ‘Blush Gold’ or ‘Copper Gold’ variant is in the offing. A Silver coloured SIM tray has also been leaked alongside, and you can see the images below.
A DigiTimes report claims that the supply chain of Apple will benefit greatly this year, thanks to the OLED iPhone. The report claims that the new iPhone will generate record sales for Apple, and companies like Foxconn and Samsung Display who are making the OLED panels will see a strong growth in revenue due to this. Other companies mentioned in the report include Wah Lee Industrial, Topco Technologies, Toshiba, Winbond, Macronix, and Largan Precision.
Lastly, another DigiTimes report suggests that Apple is already working on its next year iPhones and has ordered for higher resolution camera modules. The report claims that Apple has “booked up the production capacity for above 12-megapixel lens modules at a new factory being built by smartphone lens module maker Largan Precision in central Taiwan.” The modules will go into production in October, and pick up pace by the end of the year.
While this may be good news for next year, Apple is celebrating its ten year anniversary of iPhones this year, and we expect the September 12 event to be nothing short of a ‘grand festival’. Apart from the new iPhones, Apple is also expected to launch the new Apple Watch as well.