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This year’s flagship iPhone might arrive in time for a September release as manufacturers and assemblers have resolved production bottlenecks and ramp-up issues, according to a new supply chain report. Motherboard substrate makers Zhen Ding and Kinsus Interconnect have worked out their respective production problems and are preparing to ramp up production in June, according to an early Monday report by the Economic Daily News. Long-time Apple partner TSMC is also preparing to begin mass production of the A11 chip — also in June — and will deliver the chips in volume to assemblers by the second half of July.
Battery supplier Simplo Technology is also gearing up for the upcoming Apple flagship. In addition, the report states that iPhone assemblers Foxconn Electronics, Pegatron and Winstron have begun the surge hiring process. This, in addition to providing the required training for new hires, will allow all three assemblers to have an adequate workforce in time for the iPhone 8’s (or iPhone Edition’s) production ramp-up, the Economic Daily News reported.
This new information does fly in the face of previous reports from DigiTimes and renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, among others. Both of those sources suggested earlier this year that the flagship iPhone 8 would not be ready to ship in time for a traditional Apple September release, owing to new technologies and production bottlenecks. It’s worth noting that Kuo later amended that prediction on April 24 — stating that the iPhone 8 would indeed be unveiled in September, but would face “severe supply shortages” at launch
The new supply chain reports out of China today seem to amend those April predictions even further. While they don’t exactly contradict Kuo’s latest prediction, they do seem to indicate that the Apple supply chain is fixing its production issues — and that there’s a higher chance that the iPhone 8 will indeed be released during the normal September timeframe.
Among the long list of next-generation features and refinements, Apple’s highly-anticipated iPhone 8 will reportedly boast an “enhanced receiver” with “further improvements to stereo sound,” according to the latest research note released by a group of JP Morgan analysts, including Gokul Hariharan, who periodically track the latest happenings within Apple’s Asia-Pacific supply chain.
The iPhone’s receiver is the small, mesh-grilled cutout on the top-center of the device, which is also commonly referred to as the earpiece through which users can hear the caller on the other end of the line. The iPhone 7’s earpiece was the first to be redesigned as an actual loud speaker, meaning that the 2016 handset features stereo-quality audio output from both its top and bottom ends. Apple claims that with two speakers, “iPhone 7 delivers two times the audio output of an iPhone 6s with increased dynamic range.”
The research note apparently stops short of providing any details about what acoustical improvements iPhone 8 hopefuls can expect with the enhanced audio technology, however at the very least, we can expect better sound quality and a higher peak volume for audio output. The report also alleges that the speaker, itself, will be equipped with better waterproofing, echoing the sentiments of a previous report that suggested the iPhone 8 will ship featuring advanced, IP68 dust- and water-proofing certification.
iPhone 8 Could Come Bundled with AirPods
Interestingly, the note goes on to allege that instead of Apple’s standard EarPods with a Lightning to 3.5mm headset adapter, Apple will ship a free pair of its super-premium wireless AirPods with every iPhone 8 — which could also be called the iPhone Edition.
While the likelihood of this rumor being true is slim, it’s actually not impossible. We know that Apple’s top-of-the-line, 10th anniversary handset will be special, boasting a myriad of next-generation technologies and fulfilling almost all of our iPhone feature fantasies. We also know, based on previous reports, that the flagship will command a hefty price — perhaps somewhere in the ballpark of $1,000 for the base-model featuring 64 GB of storage.
Therefore, while it’s unlikely that Apple will replace its $29 EarPods (which cost practically nothing to manufacture) with a pair of $159 AirPods, we’ll encourage you take this rumor with a grain of salt, at least until we see what Apple has to say when the device is unveiled later on this year.
In the interim, the rumor mill has provided us with a whirlwind of information pertaining to the iPhone Edition’s advanced feature set, which will include a dramatic redesign in the form of a glass and steel frame, next-generation internals including a beastly A11 SoC, a larger battery with wireless charging capabilities, a gorgeous 5.8-inch OLED display, IP68 dust- and water-proofing, and Apple’s revolutionary new 3D facial recognition platform. JPMorgan estimates that the device will cost between $75 and $80 more to manufacture than the iPhone 7
Apple's iPhone 8 debuts to muted reaction and lower sales
By Bible Speaks
iPhone X arrives with high price, no home button
Jessica Dolcourt Pricing is currently unavailable.
The iPhone X -- that's pronounced "ten", by the way, not "ex" -- is a phone of firsts for Apple. A brand-new 5.8-inch OLED screen, Face ID to unlock the phone and no home button. Optical image stabilization on both rear 12-megapixel camera lenses, a portrait mode on the front-facing camera and a new feature to animate emojis.
These are the distinguishing features you'll find on Apple's largest, priciest, most ambitious iPhone. You won't get them on the more traditional iPhone 8Â andÂ iPhone 8 Plus, which were also announced Tuesday. In that sense, the "iPhone X" is a fitting name, the extra-special cherry on top to mark theÂ 10th anniversary of the very first iPhoneÂ in 2007, which revolutionized at that time everything a smartphone could be, and hurled us on the path that led to what smartphones are today.Â
Now, 10 years after the very first iPhone, Apple one-ups last year's crop across the board with a major feature that Apple's been dragging on for years. The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and iPhone X all support Qi wireless charging, a Samsung staple that works with both Qi and PMA standards. Qi (pronounced "chee") is a key addition that could kick-start wireless charging in a way that Samsung and Nokia and Microsoft hadn't been able to accomplish before.
The two biggest questions for me focus on the iPhone X's most daring design change, ditching the home button. Will actually make the phone more convenient to use? And will using your face to unlock the phone benefit you, or is it just a workaround? Without thorough testing to see how well it actually works, this one will remain pure speculation. If it does work, you can bet Samsung will step up its game to make its own facial recognition software secure enough for mobile payments (right now, that's just iris scanning and the fingerprint reader).
Heading into a crazy-competitive holiday season, the iPhone X, 8 and 8 Plus will together lock arms against Samsung'sÂ best-selling Galaxy Note 8,Â LG's video-focused V30Â andÂ Google's upcoming Pixel 2Â for smartphone supremacy.
This is a developing story. We'll be back with additional analysis and hands-on impressions from Apple's campus.
iPhone X price and when to buy it
The iPhone X ain't cheap. It'll sell for $999, Â£999 in the UK and AU$1,579 in Australia. Preorders start Oct. 27, and the phone ships Nov. 3. By contrast, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus start at $699 and $799, respectively. (They're Â£699 and Â£799 in the UK, or AU$1,079 and AU$1,229 in Australia.)
How is iPhone X different from the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus?
All three of Apple's new iPhones support wireless charging, and are water- and dust-resistant. They all come with 64GB and 256GB storage options and the same A11 "bionic" chip. They also all get the same upgraded slow-motion video support (1080p at 120fps or 240fps).
Here's what's different:
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus retain the home button with Touch ID iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are cheaper Preorder iPhone 8/Plus Sept. 15; they'll be available Sept. 22 iPhone X has a larger screen, no home button, OIS in both rear cameras, you can take portraits with the front facing camera The iPhone X comes in black and silver, but not gold iPhone X specs highlights:
5.8-inch OLED display with 458ppi pixel density 2,436x1,135-pixel resolution (Apple calls this a Super Retina display) Dual 12-megapixel rear cameras with OIS on both cameras Portrait mode with portrait lighting feature Front-facing camera has portrait mode now, too No home button Face ID to unlock the phone (hold your phone up to your face)Â A11 Bionic processor Glass back and front Supports wireless charging 64GB and 256GB options Water- and dust-resistant Animojis make emojis out of you Black and space gray (no gold) A swipe takes you to the iPhone X home screen.
GIF by Alexandra Able/CNET No more home button: This is huge
As expected, the iPhone X has done away with the home button. So how do you unlock your phone? Start Siri? Multitask? UseÂ Apple Pay?Â
Unlock the phone with Face ID
Face ID, which uses a bunch of cameras, including the front-facing camera and IR camera, to scan your face and let you in to your iPhone. What about tricking the phone with photos of yourself? Apple says that won't happen; it's made masks to train the phones to distinguish you from your photo... and that of your evil twin. It will work with third-party apps, too.
You just raise the phone, look at it, and swipe to unlock. How do you exit an app and get back to the home screen? Just swipe -- see the GIF above to see how.
Launch Siri with a button press
If you're not using your voice, you press and hold a side button to get Apple's assistant going.
It's still here, never fear. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen, then continue to hold while swiping left or right to switch apps.
Buy stuff with Apple Pay
You can still do this even with no home button. Tap the side button twice to launch Face ID for Apple Pay.
Animojis use Face ID to make emojis out of you
You can create a new, living breed of emojis with iPhone X. Called animojis (a portmanteau of "animated" and "emoji"), the new feature taps into Face ID to lend popular emojis, mostly animals for now, your expressions in a message. There's a cat, a panda, a unicorn, a fox, a monkey, a pig, an alien, a dog, a rabbit, a rooster, aÂ robotÂ and... poop. Thanks, Apple. Keeping it classy.
Animojis live as an app right inside messages.
Wireless charging pad (sneak peek)
Wireless charging mats aren't new, but Apple wants to make one for your iPhones, yourÂ Apple Watch Series 3Â and yourÂ AirPodsÂ ($249.00 at Amazon Marketplace)Â (if you have a wireless charging case).
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Tyler TonerOct 26, 2016
Even before the official release of the iPhone 7, much of the talk online was already focused on the iPhone 8. Although this year’s release of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was very popular among consumers, there was plenty of talk online about how “disappointing” the release was, with claims that innovation at Apple has stagnated and that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus lacked any new features to be excited about. Next year’s iPhone 8 release, which will mark the tenth anniversary of the release of the original iPhone, is rumored to embrace a full re-design with some ground-breaking new features.
One of the most prolific rumors surrounding the iPhone 8 is the switch from the LCD display that the iPhone has utilized since its inception to the more energy-efficient and higher quality OLED – possibly even with a curved screen a la the Samsung Galaxy Edge series. Several rumors, including those put out by well-respected KGI Securities Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, indicate that the iPhone 8 will forego the aluminum casing that has been featured on the iPhone since the release of the iPhone 5, opting instead for an all-glass, bezel-free enclosure. The Touch ID sensor and FaceTime camera are rumored to be embedded under the OLED display.
A new report from the Nikkei Asian Review works to corroborate some of these rumors, adding several more in the process. According to the report, Apple will release three sizes of the iPhone 8, adding a 5-inch model to the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models already in the lineup. The report claims that all three models will “have glass backs, departing from metal casings adopted by current iPhones, and [China’s Biel Crystal Manufactory and Lens Technology] are likely to be providing all the glass backs for the new iPhones next year.” Ming-Chi Kuo echoed the return to a glass enclosure last month, when he claimed that the next generation iPhone would return to glass front and back design akin to the iPhone 4 and 4s, noting that the high-gloss finish of the Jet Black iPhone 7 has been so popular, but that the glass would prove more scratch resistant. Kuo’s claim that, also like the iPhone 4s, the glass front and back will likely be combined with aluminum casing around the edges (or with stainless steel for ‘high-end models’) was also echoed by Nikkei’s report, who claims that the “glass front and back will be held together by a metal frame.”
According to Nikkei, Apple is looking to “woo potential customers and nudge its existing fans into buying the new range by coming up with a radically different look after its iPhone 7 devices were criticized for being too similar to previous models and lacking innovative features.” The report made no mention, however, of any other features that we may see on the next generation model aside from a small footnote observing that an analyst at Yuanta Investment Consulting claimed that the iPhone 8 series would feature wireless charging.
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