The iPhone 8 has been the subject of a lot of rumors this summer. One of the biggest rumors has been the thinking that manufacturing and supply problems could put an iPhone 8 September release in jeopardy. However, in a new report, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities says that the iPhone 8 release date is on track for sometime in September. This should be welcome news for Apple fans who were worried they may have to wait as late as November, which is what some rumors have suggested.
However, before you get too excited, Ming-Chi Kuo also noted that the initial availability of the iPhone 8 will be extremely limited. He estimates that Apple only has the capacity to produce 2 to 4 million units before the end of the quarter with production ramping up through Q4 2017 and into Q1 2018. That means a few million units available for the iPhone 8 September release and tens of millions of people that want to own one.
The rumored cause of this low supply is the new OLED display on the iPhone 8. Apple is apparently having trouble getting enough displays produced to supply what will surely be very high demand this fall. Of course, this is often the case when Apple makes a major design change. It takes time for a company to change their manufacturing processes and meet the demands of consumers. So, basically, if you want an iPhone 8 it looks like you will have to be at the front of the line on launch day or wait patiently until after the holidays.