Apple iPhone 8 release date may not be delayed after all, Apple sends blackout days for staff

The Apple iPhone 8 release date could happen somewhere between September 17th and November 4th. This is the logical conclusion to make after Apple has allegedly posted blackout dates for staff, suggesting that this would be a busy period when it will need all hands on deck. The information comes from what looks like an official Apple memo to staff, obtained by Apple enthusiast Benjamin Geskin.
“Keep in mind that these dates are subject to change as our support volume expectations fluctuate,” the memo says.

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Alleged Samsung Galaxy Note 8 front panel revealed in video

The Galaxy Note 8 is the next big thing coming from Samsung, literally. The company’s flagship smartphone is expected to go official in late summer, slightly ahead of IFA 2017 tech exhibition.

Since we’re just a couple of months away from the official reveal, it’s quite to start talking about the unannounced phablet. The first credible information about the Galaxy Note 8 went public late last week when an image of a supposed dummy unit leaked online.

Today, we have another leak that has Samsung’s flagship in the center. It appears that the front panel …

Shiny iPhone 8 dummy unit gets shown off in brief hands-on video

It’s not the most exciting 10 seconds of footage you have seen, but it is giving us something to look at. Designer and smartphone information leaker Benjamin Geskin published a video of him fondling a ‘dummy unit’ of the next iPhone.

A dummy is just a dummy – a lifeless mockup of a design that, in this case, may or may not be the real thing. It certainly looks credible and lovingly shiny, though, while the supposed stainless steel frame seems sturdy as ever. The vertical dual camera setup on the back is also present, quite likely to be an actual characteristic …

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dummy reveals that an embedded fingerprint scanner is likely

The image of a Samsung Galaxy Note 8 dummy was spotted on Chinese micro-blogging site weibo. A video of this Galaxy Note 8 dummy also exists, showing it next to the obviously much smaller Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Right off the bat, we can see that the new version of Samsung’s high-end phablet features a vertically placed dual-camera setup on back, with what looks like a dual LED flash underneath.

Also of great importance is the lack of a fingerprint scanner on the back or the front of the device. This means that Samsung has apparently been able to fix the problem that prevented the …

3D touch components for the OLED iPhone 8 are allegedly 150% more expensive than for the LCD ones

By now, we have already accepted that there is a lot of truth to the rumors about a special anniversary iPhone 8 with an OLED display. It’s also rumored that the premium Apple smartphone will come with a premium price of approximately $1,000, due to the variety of features that are rumored to make an appearance in the new iPhone.

There is a serious difference between LCD and OLED displays, however, which apparently requires a different technique to be used for 3D Touch implementation. According to the Chinese media Economic Daily Times, with LCD panels the 3D Touch sensors are directly bonded …

iPhone loyalty rate hits 92% ahead of iPhone 8 release

It appears that iPhone users are extremely loyal customers. In a survey conducted this April, financial services firm Morgan Stanley established that 92% of iPhone owners who were likely to buy a new handset in the next 12 months plan to upgrade to another iPhone. 
This is a sizeable 6% year-over-year increase compared to the 86% recorded by Morgan Stanley in 2016. In fact, the loyalty rate for 2017 is almost tied with Apple’s all-time record of 93% documented in 2015 when the iPhone 6s was launched.
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Goldman Sachs analyst confirms $1,000 price tag for Apple iPhone 8

Early in February, a source claiming to have some inside knowledge about Apple’s purported ten-year anniversary handset, said that the so-called Apple iPhone 8 would carry a rather hefty price tag. According to this “insider,” the Apple iPhone 8 will be priced at $1,000. Considering the rumored technology said to be on board the device, this might not seem so crazy. Besides carrying an OLED panel for the first time ever, the iPhone 8 is rumored to have an edge-to-edge display forcing Apple to embed the Touch ID fingerprint scanner under the glass. A front-facing camera using a 3D sensor has already …

T-Mobile LG G6 is on BOGO deal in the United States until June 8

T-Mobile and LG have teamed up to offer customers a BOGO (buy one, get one free) deal on the G6 flagship. The promotion runs through May 10 to June 8, but the rebate can be redeemed by July 8.

In order to take advantage of the offer, you’ll have to purchase the LG G6 at an authorized, participating T-Mobile location in the US. Moreover, you must purchase both LG G6 smartphones, and submit your rebate request by July 8. You will receive a $500 electronic rebate check by email after approximately six weeks.

Although the LG G6 is usually available in the US …

Latest rumor has Apple iPhone 8 on track for September release

Amid rumors that the 10th anniversary iPhone, dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, will be delayed until October or November, a new report refutes this and says that the phone is on track for a September release. Tweets disseminated by tipster OnLeaks reveal that Foxconn has started training new employees just in time for production to start on all iPhone models, including the iPhone 8. Mass production of the 2017 iPhone models will start in August for the typical September launch.

OnLeaks’ tweets somewhat contradict the latest notes sent to clients by KGI securities highly reliable Apple analyst …

Kuo says Apple iPhone 8 faces "worse case scenario" shortage

KGI securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo is considered one of the best analysts covering Apple. In the past, he has provided the specs and features of upcoming iPhone models months before the phones were unveiled. The point is, when Ming-Chi Kuo talks about Apple devices, people listen. Or at least, they should listen. And Kuo is now telling KGI’s clients that the tenth anniversary model of the iPhone, dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, is facing huge shortages because of production problems.

According to Kuo, he worries about the 3D sensor on the front-camera of the iPhone 8. At one time, the analyst said …