Category Archives: iPhone Hardware

Apple is Making the iPhone X Available In-Store on Nov 3

Apple is turning back the clock to the days of the Launch Day Lineup

With a sneaky little press release this morning, Apple has shaken up the iPhone X preorder process again. After already bending it somewhat in favor of existing iPhone Upgrade Plan customers, the company has decided to make the iPhone X available in its stores on launch day, as well. This should go smoothly. Stores open at 8 AM local time according to the press release. I especially like the line that encourages walk-in customers to arrive early. I think some people will take that to mean this afternoon.

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The iPhone 8 Plus Battery Swelling Issue Will Be Interesting to Watch

I’ll be clear right out of the gate- right now the reports of iPhone 8 Plus batteries expanding and cracking phones are statistically insignificant. Whatever anyone thinks of the early sales of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, there are enough of them in the field that five to ten reports of this occurring doesn’t indicate a wide-ranging problem. This is only a brewing story at this point because it’s Apple, and it would be similarly the case if it was Samsung or Google. If this was happening with LG or Huawei phones, would we know right now? Probably not. Continue reading

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What Constitutes Success for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus?

There has been no end of discussion about the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus and how boring most of us “tech-types” find them. There are early conjured “sales figures” and anecdotal evidence for and against good sales numbers. There have also been the typical disaster predictions and the hand-wringing over how Apple has apparently lost its way. Just listen to this week’s This Week in Tech podcast for a perfect example.

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Understanding People’s Emotional Reactions to Apple

If you are an Apple fan, I’m sure you are aware of the emotional reactions that the company brings out in people, both good and bad, positive and negative. Apple’s most ardent supporters are often referred to as the ‘faithful’ and even labeled as a cult because of the strong devotion that some of them have to the company. On the flip side, you have the “haters” who tend to go to great lengths to deride Apple and anything they see as being associated with the company, and insult anyone they see as a follower. If you are an Apple fan like me, you have likely been called an “iSheep,’ a mindless follower, or far worse before.

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Apple Adds Mail-In Option to iPhone Upgrade Program

According to a report by Engadget, Apple has added some flexibility to its iPhone Upgrade Program ahead of today’s iPhone X announcement. Just a few days ago, I was wondering if Apple would start pushing this program more, and this is definitely a positive sign.

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If Apple Wants to Boost their iPhone Upgrade Program, the iPhone Edition is the Perfect Opportunity

I brought up the iPhone Upgrade Program a couple of weeks ago, asking whether it is time for Apple to unveil a version for the Apple Watch. However, with the announcement of the new iPhone Edition/X imminent, it is time to focus on Apple’s true flagship, and its existing upgrade program. I think that this particular launch presents a unique opportunity for Apple to grow their iPhone Upgrade Program and foster an even closer relationship with their customer using the anticipation of this highly anticipated tenth anniversary version of the iPhone.

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Samsung and the iPhone Edition Price- A Different Take

I came close to writing what would have been a “me too” article yesterday on the report by KGI covering Samsung’s dominance of the OLED display market and the resulting higher iPhone display prices. I even started typing before I ultimately decided to delete it. There’s nothing wrong with being one of many to report on the same news, and anytime KGI and/or Ming Chi-Quo have something to say, it is definitely notable Apple news.

The issue I had wasn’t with the “me too” part. It was with the natural assumption that the iPhone Edition’s price is Samsung’s “fault.” I even put that in my original headline at first, before backtracking and thinking about it. Then, after thinking a little more, I just backed away from the keyboard for the night. While it seemed natural to blame Samsung for the Edition’s price increase, based on what I believe about politics and economics, I don’t actually believe it’s true. And I STILL almost fell for buying into it.

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iPhone Plus Owners- Are You Willing to Downsize to Get the Latest and Greatest?

 

Photo Source- Mac Rumors

I have been a Plus owner since Apple first went big with the iPhone 6 Plus, and I haven’t looked back. There is no way I would return to the traditional size iPhone at this point. The bigger screen fits the way I use the phone perfectly, especially when I am in the field at work. Also, the fact that the bigger phone also comes with a bigger battery has meant I haven’t needed a Mophie battery case for the last three years. After my time as a Plus user, I am completely sold on the concept of the large-screen phone.

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What’s in a Name?- The iPhone Edition Edition

 

Photo Source- 9to5Mac

Well, the new iPhone has to be called something, right? Late this week, the latest iPhone detail to leak was the naming scheme of the new devices. In a sea of iPhone news that hasn’t been all that surprising, word that the iPhone 8 and iPhone Plus would be the “typical” upgraded devices definitely was. The fact that the device we all expected to be the iPhone 8 could be called the iPhone Edition was an even bigger one.

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One Step Closer to iPhone 8- Apple Officially Announces Event on September 12

 

Anytime Apple schedules an event it makes news, and today is no exception. Case in point- even though the September 12 date has been common knowledge for over a week now, Apple’s stock hit an all time high after the release of the official announcement today. That is a level of reach into the both the culture and the wallets of consumers that even Samsung is likely still envious of.

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The iPhone and Apple Pencil- Waiting Another Year?

 

I make no bones about the fact that I am impatiently waiting on Apple to add Pencil compatibility to the iPhone experience. I’ve been waiting since the first moment I saw the Apple Pencil demoed on stage with the original iPad Pro. While I absolutely understand Apple’s reasoning in pairing it with the iPad as its initial platform, there are confirmed use cases, as well as a confirmed market for a quality stylus paired with a large-screen phone. Samsung has turned this formula into a second flagship platform.

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