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