iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will be released by Boost and Virgin Mobile on September 29


While Sprint is launching the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus on
September 22 (just like all other major US carriers), if you want to buy the
new handsets from Boost Mobile or Virgin Mobile – Sprint’s two prepaid brands –
you’ll have to wait an extra week to get them.

 

Both Boost and Virgin Mobile will release the two new
iPhones on September 29, likely for the same prices that Apple is asking
(iPhone 8 starting at $699, and iPhone 8 Plus starting at $799).

 

Boost Mobile
is already accepting pre-registrations for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. For
a limited time, if you pre-register, …


Black or white bars with your iPhone X? Landscape mode is a pain, but devs are getting crafty

There is no doubt that the new iPhone X screen aspect ratio, and the notch that houses the Face ID set, present challenges for app developers, so Apple has updated its iOS 11 development guidelines to reflect the X’s screen canvas realities. 
Needless to say, devs are hard at work coding examples in the iOS emulator, and have come up with really ingenious ways to shun or incorporate the status bar in their apps. 
Actually, in the guidelines Apple advises against blending it in, leaving them only one option to choose from:
Don’t …

Apple iPhone X's 5.8-inch screen is actually smaller than the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus display

The Apple iPhone X has a 5.85-inch display, the iPhone 8 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.
So… the iPhone X has a bigger screen, right?
Wrong!
What these display measurements do not take into account is the aspect ratio of the screen, and the iPhone X has a taller and narrower display with a 2.17:1 aspect ratio and a big cutout at the top, while the iPhone 8 Plus has a 16:9 screen. This is a crucial distinction because when you actually get to calculate the screen area, you will see some surprising …

Apple iPhone X: Here's the estimated production cost

It’s no secret that the iPhone X is one expensive phone to produce, but how much is Apple exactly paying? Chinese industry watchers have apparently investigated the matter, and have calculated the total cost of components present in Cupertino’s most advanced handset to date. 

The estimated production cost of the iPhone X is around $412.75. That’s about 59% cheaper than the $999 retail starting price for the 64GB model. 
Unsurprisingly, the most expensive part of the iPhone X is the Samsung-made 5.8-inch Super Retina …

Is the iPhone X worth buying?

The iPhone X is the long-awaited “all-screen” iPhone. It has been imagined numerous times over the years by various concept artists. And when rumors and leaks confirmed it to be a thing in 2017, the tech world braced for the coveted announcement. That announcement has now come and past and every iPhone user out there is probably wondering “Should I upgrade to the iPhone X or stick to one of the cheaper models?”. Well, here’s what the iPhone X has over any other handset in Apple’s lineup:

Design
Hands down, it’s the most futuristic-looking iPhone ever. …

Android handsets failed at twice the rate of iPhone units during Q2 2017

The latest State of Mobile Device Performance and Health report was just issued by Blancco Technology Group and it revealed that during the second quarter, one out of every four Android devices failed worldwide. That was more than double the 12% of iPhone models that failed globally during the same three month period. In North America, the gap was even wider with 24% of Android phones going down vs just 8% of iPhone handsets. Strangely, in Asia the numbers were reversed with 60% of iPhones failing versus 28% of Android flavored handsets.

From April through June, Samsung handsets accounted …

KGI cuts its Apple iPhone X shipping estimates for Q3 and all of 2017


Last month, KGI’s superb Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (who had the best iPhone X leak of the year back in February) predicted that Apple would ship 2 million to 4 million units of the Apple iPhone X during the third quarter. For all of 2017, Kuo said that Apple would deliver 45 million to 50 million iPhone X handsets. But now, after Apple has announced that the tenth anniversary iPhone model won’t ship until November 3rd, KGI (and presumably Ming-Chi Kuo) has made some changes to its forecast.

With pre-orders of the Apple iPhone X not beginning until October 27th, Apple will actually ship …

Here is the Apple iPhone X screen-to-body ratio

We’ve just told you about how the 5.85-inch display on the Apple iPhone X is actually smaller than the 5.5-inch one on the iPhone 8 Plus, and now, we’ve also calculated the screen-to-body ratio of the tenth anniversary iPhone.
When you take into account the curved edges of the phone, the cutout of the display and the curved edges of the screen itself, you arrive at a screen-to-body ratio of 82% for the iPhone X.
How does this compare to the older iPhones? Well, here is how:
iPhone X: 82%iPhone …

Analyzing iPhone 8 demand: iPhone 8 Plus more popular on most carriers, T-Mobile seems to grab most pre-orders

We have analyzed iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus demand in the first hours of availability, when the most devoted fans would stay up to pre-order their new iPhones, and there are a few interesting take-aways: interest for the iPhone 8 Plus seems to be a bit higher than interest for the smaller iPhone 8 (except for T-Mobile), and the black and gold model seem to be in higher demand than the silver one.
At least that is what shipping times suggest, and of course, you have to take into account that we don’t know the actual supply of the two models …

These are the best ultrathin and light iPhone 8/Plus cases you can get

Condom case jokes aside, there are ultrathin iPhone wrappers out there that take the “barely there” term to the next level. Apple’s gear is blessed with a greater abundance of third-party accessory makers, as it’s much simpler to make stuff for just one or two phones a year than for the variety of shapes, sizes and popularities that Android handsets churn out by the day.

Thus, there are in fact several ultrathin cases to choose from for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus already, despite that their preorder period just started today. The new Apple phones come clad in gorgeous reinforced …