A supply chain rumor from Digitimes suggests that Apple will begin production on the iPhone 8 earlier than usual for the company. The report also claims that Apple is still planning an iris scanner for the new iPhone.
Apple has requested its chip and component suppliers start trial production, inspection and prepare inventories for the new iPhone series earlier than usual, said the sources. Deliveries of chips and parts for the new models are expected to kick off in the second half of first-quarter 2017, the sources indicated.
While the report suggest Apple will begin production early, it’s likely that Apple is still aiming for the early September announcement for the device. It’s possible that Apple will begin production early to meet what’s expected to be greater demand than usual for the device.
The report also notes that wireless charging will be coming to the next generation iPhone, which has already been widely rumored.