Apple's iPhone 8 should launch in September, but in limited quantities
The latest research from a group of Barclays analysts strongly suggests that Apple may not be able to satisfy initial demand for its upcoming iPhone 8. According to an excerpt from the group's research note, obtained by MacRumors, the iPhone 8 will "be launched in the normal September timeframe," but the "majority of iPhone Pro [Barclays' name for the iPhone 8] volumes may not be available until Q4."
This new report does not come as much of a surprise. Every year, Apple announces a shortage of stock for its latest iPhone, forcing customers to wait up to several weeks to get their hands on a new iPhone. This year appears to be no different. MacRumors goes so far as to predict that the iPhone 8 may be out of stock within seconds after pre-orders go live.
Barclays' research note isn't all bad news, however. According to MacRumors, Barclays also talks about some of the iPhone 8's expected features. The iPhone 8 is expected to have a 5.8-inch display with "5.15 inches of usable screen." The screen will likely have Apple's Touch ID embedded and also feature virtual buttons. Barclays believes that the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging but will not be sold with charging accessories. Other expected features include dual cameras and a front-facing 3D sensor module.
As a final note, Barclays expects the iPhone 8's launch to coincide with the launch of an iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus. The information provided in Barclays' research note has not been confirmed by Apple, and should be treated as speculation for the time being.
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