Production of one of the key components of Apple's upcoming iPhone 8 has begun, a new report has stated.
According to Digitimes, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) now has the A11 processor on its production lines.
Issues involving stacking components had led to the work being put back from April, contributing to speculation that the launch of the iPhone 8 could in turn be delayed.
However, it seems Apple remains on course to unveil its new flagship smartphone in September, with a view to putting the product on the market in October.
This would allow it to mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone in style, ensuring the focus is placed firmly on the future, rather than too heavily on the past.
We should stress that news of the production of the A11 processor getting underway has not come from any official source, with the Digitimes simply claiming it has had access to “insider information” in the last few months.
Nevertheless, it is consistent with a recent report in the Economic Daily News, which said the company is right on schedule and set to unveil the device in September.
It's also a tantalising nugget of information in light of the fact that Apple is staying typically tight-lipped about what the iPhone 8 offers.
Rumours suggest the device will boast features including a dual-lens 3D camera, curved glass casing, wireless charging and augmented reality to create real-time views of surroundings.
But they are only rumours at the moment, and it's likely we won't have any firm details about the iPhone 8 offers until Apple gives its official announcement.
The flurry of speculation comes shortly after Apple unveiled its financial results for the three months ending April 1st 2016.
According to the trading statement, revenues hit $52.9 billion during the quarter, up from $50.6 billion in the same period of the previous year. Nearly two-thirds of this was generated through International sales.
Tim Cook, chief executive of Apple, commented: “We are proud to report a strong March quarter, with revenue growth accelerating from the December quarter and continued robust demand for iPhone 7 Plus.
“We’ve seen great customer response to both models of the new iPhone 7 RED Special Edition and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum of our Services business, with our highest revenue ever for a 13-week quarter.”
With the release of the much-hyped iPhone 8 just around the corner, the company will be particularly optimistic about the coming months.
After all, the launch of a new Apple device is no small occasion for gadget lovers, and we're confident that whatever the firm has in store, it will be lapped up by the masses.