All three 2017 iPhone models have reportedly entered production

As 2017 rolls on, so too do the iPhone leaks, with more dummy unit photos, rumours, renders, and alike cropping up every day.

This time we’ve got what appears to be news of the three new iPhones Apple is thought to be working on entering production ahead of an expected September launch.

A new report from DigiTimes claims the iPhone 8, iPhone 7S, and 7S Plus have entered volume production.

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Apple is heavily tipped to be working on the three models, with the 7S units said to be iterative updates to compliment the big overhaul that is the iPhone 8.

DigiTimes’ sources claim there will be not be shortages of the former as the iterative models will use LCD panels, whereas supply for the OLED iPhone 8 “could fall short of demand.”

However, it’s not clear precisely what the reason for this shortage will be, with the sources citing “high expectations for the model” as one of the main causes.

iPhone 8 render

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Component suppliers will apparently be “operating in high gear” in the second half of this year in order to meet this expected high demand, according to the report.

Sources also said shipments of finished iPhone devices are expected to start gaining momentum in August.

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently claimed in a research note that Apple will start production verification tests on the iPhone 8 at the end of August.

He added that mass production will begin in mid-September with Apple expected to debut the new models towards the end of that month, or in October.

Rumours have been circulating for some time that the reason for an expected iPhone 8 shortage could be the company’s rumoured struggle to integrate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor into the phone’s display.

However, many of the recent rumours and reports surrounding the phone have suggested Apple will be focusing more on the facial recognition technology said to be built into the phone.

This week it emerged that the technology would be capable of muting notifications when a user is looking at the device – according to code uncovered in the recent HomePod firmware leak.

Meanwhile, notable tipster Sonny Dickson has provided 9to5Mac with some images of what he claims are dummy units of the 7s, 7s Plus and iPhone 8.

The shots appear to show the three models lined up side-by-side, with the glass backs of each clearly visible.

This glass backing will reportedly allow all three to be charged wirelessly, though that’s yet to be confirmed.

As are the pictures and the report on production. None of this has been verified as accurate at this point, so take it all with the usual pinch of salt for now.

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