Apple is soon going to begin production of iPhone 8, its 10-year anniversary edition phone, to cater to what it calls an “unprecedented” demand in the market.
As indicated by the reports, Apple is starting production much ahead in time as it anticipates the market to go crazy about the iPhone 8 which is expected to change the smartphones landscape. Obviously, a lot of expectations are riding on the iPhone 8 as it comes just months after Apple founder and late-CEO Steve Jobs launched the first iPhone in 2007.
Apple will reportedly begin its supply chain as early as June this year. A few reports suggest that the company has scaled down or adjusted production of its latest releases such as the iPhone SE, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to make space for the iPhone 8. Reports additionally hint that production of its current generation models (iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus) will be minimized to make room for its upcoming models, expected to be called iPhone 8, iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus.
Apple may have taken the decision to ensure that there is sufficient supply of phones post its launch. However, no changes in launch dates have been announced.
Referring Taiwanese sources, a report from DigiTimes claims that Apple has avoided usual supplier Foxconn and placed orders for forged stainless steel iPhone casings from manufacturing partner Jabil.
The iPhone-creator had last relied on stainless steel instead of aluminum on the iPhone 4S however had to switch to aluminum due to quality issues.
Apple is also expected to manufacture bezel-less curved OLED displays for its iPhone 8. The rumnour is in line with Sharp top executive comments that Apple has to finally choose OLED displays to take the next step in innovating displays on its smartphones.
According to Barclays Research analysts, the 5-inch and 5.8-inch bezel-free iPhones with borderless design will allow for the new iPhones to be the same overall size as current 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models, MacRumors.com reported.
“Larger and bezel-less iPhone 8 design did not sound 100 per cent locked down but we believe the move is to a bezel-less design with screen sizes getting larger and curved edges in the original envelope,” the report cited analysts as saying.
There are reports that a bezel-free design by Apple will be accomplished by removing the iconic Home button on the next iPhone. Barclays expects that the screen will broaden vertically as well as horizontally.
Other rumors say that the iPhone 8 will come with improved 3D Touch functionality.
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Sameeksha Bhardwaj, From ITvoir News Desk