Component producers in Apple's supply chain for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X are expecting orders for the parts to reduce in the first quarter of 2018, but it appears that they are using previous sales metrics based on two flagship model phones, rather than three for the predictions.
Apple enjoyed a bumper quarter in the United States following the launch of the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to a consumer research report into device activations, with activations of iPhones in the last quarter of 2017 up compared to both the previous quarter and the same quarter in 2016.
The iPhone 8 has a different design than last year's iPhone 7, but the dimensions are very similar. It's possible you have a case that works now — try it out and see. But, if it doesn't fit, or you just want a new case, AppleInsider has rounded up a few of the best options.
Apple once again leads the industry in smartphone and tablet activations during the week before Christmas, with very strong sales of the iPhone X leading the iPhones released in 2017, with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 availability both overseas and as used devices adding to the lead.
Contrary to supply chain speculation, production of the iPhone X remains right on schedule, according to investment firm Rosenblatt Securities, which also has seen evidence that sales are accelerating in China.
Ahead of typical seasonal trends, where iPhone sales traditionally cool off after the holidays, supply chain reports have begun projecting doom and gloom for Apple's flagship iPhone X, prompting analysts to cut estimates.
Apple routinely touts environmentally-friendly aspects of new product releases, and that was no different with iPhone 8 and iPhone X. In a newly unearthed interview, Apple's VP for Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson details how the company designed its latest flagships to be the greenest ever offered.
Consumer Reports has performed a bevy of tests on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X in conjunction with an assortment of other smartphones, and found the iPhone 8 series very slightly lagging behind the Samsung Galaxy S8 — with the iPhone X close behind the iPhone 8.
Reports from the supply chain suggest that any production problems that may have plagued the iPhone X are long past, and Apple and its manufacturing partners will increase production to ship about 26 million of the OLED model in the holiday quarter.
A growing thread on the Apple community support forums suggests that users are having some difficulties with GPS accuracy mostly on the iPhone 8 and iPhone X — but a software fix appears to be included for most in the most recent beta of iOS 11.2.
Despite the expense of technologies like a 5.8-inch, edge-to-edge OLED display and a 3D facial recognition camera, the iPhone X is actually more profitable per-device than the iPhone 8, according to a research estimate published on Monday.
One of the main features of the iPhone X is the ability to wirelessly charge the battery, but some of the options on the market are fairly expensive. AppleInsider rounds up some of the better value options on the market that you can buy right now.
Thursday afternoon's quarterly earnings report from Apple will be the first indication the company has given as to the performance of the iPhone 8 since it debuted in late September, though any concrete indication of the performance of the iPhone X will likely remain mum until the conclusion of the holiday period.
Best Buy has removed options to buy an iPhone 8 or X upfront from its U.S. website, which had previously generated controversy since the retailer was charging a $100 premium on top of Apple's normal retail prices.