Ming-Chi Kuo sees only two to four million iPhone 8 units available on launch day

Ming-Chi Kuo sees only two to four million iPhone 8 units available on launch day
KGI Securities, the brokerage house that employs highly regarded Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, is now telling clients to expect the tenth anniversary iPhone to be unveiled on time this September. KGI says that the handset will be available in black, gold and silver some time next month. However, there will be a very limited number of handsets assembled and ready to go by next month, according to KGI's report. Ming-Chi Kuo expects that only two to four million iPhone 8 units will be available for purchase on the launch date. While that is certainly a limited number, by the end of the year Apple will have produced 45 million to 50 million units of its premium model.

Just the other day, a Weibo post reportedly written by a legitimate Foxconn executive stated that 40% of the OLED panels that Apple was receiving from its supply chain, were not up to snuff. The iPhone 8 will be the first iPhone ever made to employ an OLED panel instead of an LCD display.

The iPhone 8 will also allow users to utilize fast charging. But those who want to rapidly recharge will have to shell out for a Lighting-to-USB-C cable and wall adapter. These are the same accessories Apple sells to those looking to rapidly charge their Apple iPad Pro.

Besides the 45 million to 50 million iPhone 8 units he expects Apple to build by the end of this year, Ming-Chi Kuo forecasts Apple producing between 35 million and 38 million Apple iPhone 7s handsets (each with a 4.7-inch display), and between 18 to 20 million Apple iPhone 7s Plus units (each carrying a 5.5-inch screen). According to the highly accurate analyst, both the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus are currently in mass production.  Kuo states that mass production of the iPhone 8 won't start until next month.

The Apple iPhone 8 will feature an active display size of 5.15-inches with a resolution of 1125 x 2436. Instead of Touch ID, a facial recognition system is rumored to unlock the device and to verify the identity of Apple Pay subscribers.

source: AppleInsider

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