From Digital Trends: Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone 8: The next generation of smartphone combat

Google’s new flagship phone, the Google Pixel 2, looks nice, but how it does compare to its biggest rival, the iPhone 8? We break down their features — including power, design, and battery life — in search of the answer.
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From BGR: Wireless CEO’s comments suggest iPhone 8 sales may be even worse than we thought

Amid reports that iPhone 8 sales aren’t exactly setting the world on fire, Roger Communications CEO Joe Natale intimated that iPhone 8 sales may be even lower than initially imagined. During an earnings conference call this week, Natale said (via CBC) that demand for the iPhone 8 thus far has been “anemic.” Notably, Roger Communications is the largest wireless carrier in Canada, which is to say that Natale’s remarks should carry some weight.

Although Tim Cook a few weeks ago said that he was thrilled with iPhone 8 sales, it’s getting harder to ignore the growing chorus of reports relaying that demand for the iPhone 8 simply isn’t there. In fact, we’ve even seen reports that there’s greater demand for the iPhone 7 than there is for the iPhone 8. More recently, word surfaced that Apple decided to cut iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production in half. Even taking into account what may very well be staggering demand for the iPhone X, slashing iPhone 8 production by 50% isn’t exactly an encouraging sign. If anything, it strongly suggests that iPhone 8 demand is significantly lower than what Apple was anticipating.

All that said, the real test for Apple will be whether or not consumers flock to the iPhone X in droves. Set to be released in early November, the iPhone X marks the first real redesign to the iPhone form factor in more than three years, a fact which leads many analysts to believe that demand will be off the charts.

Nonetheless, Apple will reportedly struggle to meet initial demand due to some early production problems associated with manufacturing components for the iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera system. To this point, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo issued a research note earlier today stating that Apple will only have 2-3 million iPhone X units at its disposal once launch day arrives. As far as typical iPhone launches are concerned, that’s a paltry amount to say the least.

Regarding the impending iPhone X launch, Natale added: “The iPhone 10 price point is about 75 per cent higher than the iPhone 7. So it’s a very expensive device. Inventory is a question mark in terms of what we will get.”

Suffice it to say, if you want to get your hands on an iPhone X without having to wait until 2018, you’d be well advised to complete the pre-order process as quickly as possible come October 27.

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From Cult of Mac: How to preorder an iPhone X the right way

Preorders for Apple’s futuristic iPhone X open in less than a week, but getting your hands on one won’t be easy. Supply of the iPhone X is expected to be shockingly low during launch, so your only real chance of getting one on November 3 is…

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From VentureBeat: Weak iPhone 8 demand drags Apple shares lower

Apple Inc’s shares fell nearly 3 percent on Thursday on signs of weak demand for the iPhone 8 that caused analysts and investors to question the company’s staggered release strategy for its latest phones. Wireless carriers in the United States and Canada have reported slow third-quarter customer upgrades. While some expect a pickup after the […]

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From ExtremeTechExtremeTech: Rumor: iPhone 8 Production Slashed in Half On Weak Demand

Apple has supposedly slashed its iPhone 8 production not even six weeks after launching the device. If true, this doesn’t bode well for the company’s quarterly results.
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From Gizmodo: Google Made the Pixel XL 2 Even Harder to Repair Than Last Year’s Model

Smartphone-makers like Apple and Samsung don’t want you to repair their devices on your own (that’s what the protection plan is for), and apparently Google isn’t any different. A teardown of the newly released Pixel XL 2 reveals that it’s actua…

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From BGR: New report suggests iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales have been awful

Apple shares dropped 1.5% during Thursday’s pre-market session following a report that Apple has slashed production orders for November and December on its two brand new iPhone models.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 launched last month, and they represent two of the best smartphones in the world right now. They also feature an outdated design from 2014 that many people are bored with. With the company’s first completely redesigned iPhone set to be released in just two weeks, several reports have suggested that Apple fans are holding out for the iPhone X rather than buying the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Now, it appears as though those earlier reports were spot on.

A few unverified claims that iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales were actually better than expected now seem misguided as Taiwan-based industry news site Economic Daily News reports that Apple has cut iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production for November and December. We’re not talking about minor cuts here, mind you. According to the report, Apple has slashed orders by an unprecedented 50%.

The report cites an unnamed supply chain official and while the claims cannot be verified at this time, Economic Daily News has a solid track record when reporting on supply chain news.

Despite its sky-high price point that starts at $1,000 for the entry-level model with 64GB of storage, Apple fans are believed to be passing on the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus in favor of Apple’s upcoming iPhone X. The phone features a completely new design with an all-screen face that ditches the home button in favor of the best screen-to-body ration in the industry. The phone is also Apple’s first to ship with Face ID in place of Touch ID. The new tech uses advanced facial recognition technology to unlock the phone and authenticate payments, instead of a fingerprint scanner.

Preorders for Apple’s new iPhone X begin next Friday, and the phone will then be released a week later on November 3rd.

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