New Report Suggests Apple Could Delay ‘iPhone 8’ Launch to October or November

Apple could delay its rumored high-end iPhone with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge OLED display until October or even November, according to a new report out on Wednesday. 

In recent years, Apple has released its iPhone updates in September, but according to Chinese-language Economic Daily News (EDN), suppliers are encountering “technical issues” in the production of the upcoming “iPhone 8” because of differences in the display lamination process and challenges involved in integrating the 3D sensing front camera system.

The report tallies with a rumor that circulated last month suggesting the iPhone 8 may go on sale later than usual, due to the switch to an OLED display and the new technology needed. In such a scenario, the launch of an iPhone 7s and 7s Plus would go ahead in September as scheduled, with the higher-end iPhone 8 coming later in the year. 

Such a staggered release would be highly untypical of Apple, and it’s hard to imagine the company holding a September launch event for “S” cycle iPhones with no mention of the highly rumored OLED device. However, it is possible the higher-end phone could be revealed at the same time but launched in limited quantities or at a later date. Barclays analysts recently claimed that Apple will launch its “10th anniversary iPhone” in the usual September timeframe, albeit in short supply until a full stock arrives in the fourth quarter. 

Earlier this week it was reported that Apple has placed an order for 70 million OLED panels from Samsung, anticipating high demand. Samsung is preparing to be able to produce up to 95 million panels in 2017, said the sources. 

Market watchers are said to be analyzing the pull-in of orders for passive components from the iPhone’s supply chain to see whether production of the new iPhone devices is on track, according to EDN. Apart from the edge-to-edge OLED display, the “iPhone 8” is expected to include wireless charging, no physical Home button, and perhaps 3D facial recognition and/or iris scanning. In addition, rumors suggest that Touch ID could be embedded in or under a True Tone display.

Apple Expected to Announce New Products as Soon as Next Week, Supply Chain Sources Say

Apple is expected to announce new products later this month, most likely between Monday, March 20 and Friday, March 24, according to reputable supply chain analysts we spoke to who wish to remain anonymous. The analysts said the information is from its own sources and not based on other reports.

The research firm did not disclose which products it expects Apple to announce, but rumors have widely suggested at least a trio of new iPad Pro models will be unveiled as early as this month, including an all-new 10.5-inch model with slimmer bezels and updated 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch versions. 

The sources expecting an iPad refresh include, among others, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, and Japanese blog Mac Otakara. The last of the three expects a new 7.9-inch model that would supplant the iPad mini 4, but other reports deny or fail to mention that particular claim. 

Last month, Mac Otakara said Apple will host a March event where it will debut its new iPad Pro lineup, a larger iPhone SE model with 128GB storage, and new Apple Watch bands. The report also claimed Apple will add a red color option for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, which could be part of (PRODUCT)RED. 

Apple has yet to invite the media to an event this month, however, and those invites would be on shorter notice than usual if it is indeed planning to announce new products this way as early as next week. 

In each of the past two years, Apple invited the media to its March event roughly 11-12 days beforehand, including February 26 invites for a March 9 event in 2015 and March 10 invites for a March 21 event last year. 

There are three plausible scenarios if new products are in the cards: Apple is planning a March event, and invites will go out soon; Apple is planning a Spring event, but not this month; or Apple will share its announcements through a press release as it did when it dropped the price of the fourth-generation iPad to $399 in March 2014. 

A few reports have suggested the 10.5-inch iPad Pro could face shipping delays, so perhaps Apple will delay announcing it entirely. 

Apple has hosted March events four times in the past six years. In 2011 and 2012, it introduced new iPad models at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In 2015, it revealed Apple Watch pricing and release date information. Last year, Apple debuted the 9.7-inch iPad Pro and iPhone SE at its Town Hall. 

One rumor suggested Apple could be planning an event on April 4, but this date was based on Personal Pickup for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which is generally not a reliable indicator of an event. The in-store pickup date for 12.9-inch iPad Pro models is a rolling target, as evidenced by the April 10 date now shown. 

The all-new 10.5-inch iPad Pro is expected to have slimmer bezels, and possibly no Home button, allowing it to have the same overall footprint as the 9.7-inch iPad Pro. This design could foreshadow the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone. The tablet is also rumored to have a higher-resolution display and quad microphones. 

The updated 12.9-inch iPad Pro is said to feature a 12-megapixel rear camera and True Tone display like the current 9.7-inch model, using advanced four-channel ambient light sensors to automatically adapt the color and intensity of the display to match the light in the surrounding environment.

Apple market share in South Africa

A survey of 12,000 office workers in South Africa by Inspiration Office has detailed which operating systems local workers prefer.

The survey focussed on the “bring your own device” trend, but touched on other aspects of office workers’ IT experiences.

The results showed that 52% “needed” a smartphone at work, while 38% preferred a tablet.

When it comes to a desktop computer 80% prefer Windows and 11% prefer an Mac Mini, iMac or a Mac Pro.

When is comes to Laptops 79% prefer Windows, while 15% prefer a Macbook, Macbook Air or Macbook Pro.

When it comes to smartphones 50% prefer Andorid while 41% prefer iOS. While Android has a larger market share than iOS there are many more Android devices compared iOS only running on the iPhone. We could estimate that iPhone has 41% market share in the work place.

The iPad is a clear winner in the tablet market with 49% and Android only having 37%.

iPhone 7 Price on MTN

If you getting an iPhone 7 on contract with MTN, Good Luck. MTN contract and pricing is so complicated and confusing!

MTN Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
MTN Minute 100 100 Minutes 200 500 MB R669 R739 R809 R769 R839 R909
MTN Minute 200 200 Minutes 300 500 MB R789 R859 R929 R889 R959 R1029
MTN Minute 350 350 Minutes 500 1GB R859 R929 R999 R959 R1029 R1099
MTN Minute 500 500 Minutes 500 1GB R979 R1049 R1119 R1079 R1149 R1219
MTN Minute 1000 1000 Minutes 500 2GB R1339 R1409 R1479 R1439 R1509 R1579
MTN Anytime 200 Top-up R210 Airtime 25 R659 R729 R799 R759 R829 R899
MTN Anytime 350 Top-up R370 Airtime 50 R779 R849 R919 R879 R949 R1019
MTN Anytime 500 Top-up R525 Airtime 50 R889 R959 R1029 R989 R1059 R1129
MTN Anytime 750 Top-up R800 Airtime 100 R1099 R1169 R1239 R1199 R1269 R1339
MTN Anytime 1200 Top-up R1300 Airtime 100 R1519 R1589 R1659 R1619 R1689 R1759
MTN Anytime 1500 Top-up R1600 Airtime 100 R1749 R1819 R1889 R1849 R1919 R1989
MTN Sky Lite Unlimited Unlimited 3GB R1499 R1599 R1699 R1599 R1699 R1799
MTN Sky Medium Unlimited Unlimited 15GB R1989 R2089 R2189 R2089 R2189 R2289
MTN Sky Max Unlimited Unlimited 25GB R2259 R2359 R2459 R2359 R2459 R2559

iPhone 7 Price on CellC

Cell C Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
Pinnacle 150 150 minutes 150 150MB R599
Pinnacle 250 250 minutes 250 250MB R699 R799 R879 R799 R899 R959
Pinnacle 400 400 minutes 400 400MB R799 R899 R979 R899 R999 R1059
Pinnacle 600 600 minutes 600 1000MB R899 R999 R1079 R999 R1099 R1159
Pinnacle 1000 1000 minutes 1000 2000MB R1099 R1199 R1279 R1199 R1299 R1359
Pinnacle Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited 3GB R1369 R1449 R1539 R1479 R1559 R1639

iPhone 7 Price on Telkom

Telkom have revealed their pricing for the iPhone 7. It appears that Telkom will not be offering the 256GB option of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and they will not have the Jet Black option.

Telkom Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
Smart Plan 100 100 Minutes 5 for 50 R699 R799 R799 R899
Smart Plan 150 150 Minutes 5 for 50 300MB R749 R849 R849 R949
Smart Plan 250 250 Minutes Unlimited 500MB R879 R969 R969 R1049
Free Me 1GB Unlimited 1GB R649 R799 R799 R899
Free Me 2GB Unlimited 2GB R749 R849 R849 R949
Free Me 5GB Unlimited 5GB R899 R999 R999 R1099
Free Me 10GB Unlimited 10GB R999 R1099 R1099 R1199
Free Me 20GB Unlimited Unlimited 20GB R1199 R1299 R1299 R1399
Free Me Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited R1599 R1699 R1699 R1799

iPhone 7 from Dion Wired is a rip off

Dion Wired have opened pre-order for the iPhone 7 but the real question is who is going to buy the iPhone 7 from them when you can get it for more than R2 000 less at other stores?

iPhone 7 128GB from Dion Wired - R17 390
iPhone 7 128GB from Dion Wired – R17 390
iPhone 7 128GB from iStore R14 999
iPhone 7 128GB from iStore R14 999

Here is a complete list of iPhone 7 pricing from Dion Wired compared to other stores.

Suggested Retail Price Dion Wired Price
iPhone 7 32GB R12 999 R13 499
128GB R14 999 R16 350
256GB R16 999 R19 700
iPhone 7 Plus 32GB R15 499 R16 790
128GB R17 499
256GB R19 499

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Tilt, shout, click, snap, and hike your way to success.
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66 unique challenges and counting.

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○ “Unlike anything you’ve ever played before” —App Advice

○ “Undeniably unique” —Todays iPhone

○ “Devilishly clever” —Six Colors

○ “Could be this week’s sleeper hit” —Pocket Gamer UK

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With ample satisfying “ah hah!” moments and puzzles as artful and clever as they are challenging, Blackbox is as delightful to play as it is to look at and hold.

SATISFYINGLY SURPRISING

Frustrating, fun, and full of surprises… There’s more to Blackbox than meets the eye. Can you find all the meta challenges?

HINTS

Every challenge has been tuned to be on the cusp of maddening but always solvable. Some challenges take time, perseverance, and perspective to understand, but if you’re really stumped rest assured there are hints. To enjoy the game to it’s fullest, only use them as a last resort!

LEVEL PACKS

Blackbox is jam-packed with 45 free challenges. Get far enough and you’ll get the option to pay to unlock more advanced challenges and support the game’s future development (and keep it ad free)!

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iPhone 7 pricing on Vodacom

Cellucity had revealed the pricing of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on Vodacom.

The iPhone 7‘s overall design is similar to that of the iPhone 6S, but with new color options, added water and dust resistance, a new capacitive home key, and most notably, the removal of the device’s 3.5 mm headphone jack (an adapter for attaching wired headphones via the Lightning port, as well as earphones that connect via Lightning, are included with the phone). The devices’ internal hardware also received upgrades, including a heterogeneous quad-core system-on-chip with improved system and graphics performance, upgraded cameras (including 12 megapixel rear-facing cameras with optical image stabilization on both models, and an additional telephoto lens on the iPhone 7 Plus model to provide enhanced zoom capabilities).

Vodacom Airtime SMS Data iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus
32GB 128GB 256GB 32GB 128GB 256GB
Vodacom Smart S 75 Minutes 200 200 MB R679 R779 R879 R779 R879 R979
Vodacom Smart M 120 Minutes 300 300 MB R779 R879 R979 R879 R979 R1079
Vodacom Smart L 250 Minutes 500 500 MB R929 R1029 R1129 R1029 R1129 R1229
Vodacom Smart XL 400 Minutes 800 800 MB R1049 R1159 R1249 R1159 R1249 R1349
Vodacom Red Advantage 700 Minutes Unlimited 1 GB R1199 R1299 R1399 R1299 R1399 R1499
Vodacom Red Premium 700 Minutes Unlimited 1 GB R1699 R1799 R1899 R1799 R1899 R1999
Vodacom Red VIP 700 Minutes Unlimited 1 GB R2099 R2199 R2099 R2199 R2299