Well-connected KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims Apple has already entered mass production for the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus, with the iPhone 8 expected to pass verification later this month before going into mass production as well in mid-September, according to AppleInsider. Kuo’s report reflects what has been seen by supply chain sources speaking to Digitimes, who said that all three models “have entered volume production.” Both reports foresee supply shortfalls of the iPhone 8, with Kuo estimating the company will produce 2–4 million units in this quarter.
Kuo says all of the new iPhone models will support fast charging just like the iPad Pro — provided the right Lightning-to-USB-C cord is used — and the devices will only come in black, silver and gold colors. A photo of what appeared to be the three colors from Chinese social media site Weibo was captured by My Drivers, but it’s unclear why Apple would discontinue existing iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus colors if the iPhone 7s and iPhone 7s Plus retain the same form factor. Tech blogger Benjamin Geskin also dug up another Weibo photo that shows what appears to be the front glass for an iPhone 7, with the slim bezels and top cutout seen in previous leaks.