Have YOU bought Your iPhone X Yet?

Apple's biggest and most hotly-awaited product of the year, the iPhone X, is looking set to break new records for the tech giant, despite its prohibitively expensive price point. The new device, boasting a bezel-less screen display and new facial recognition technology, is selling for around £1000, but that doesn't seem to be dissuading the faithful from going for the upgrade.

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Although initially industry analysts had concerns about the device due to reported difficulties in production, which led to limited launch day supplies, Apple appears to have overcome these problems and industry analyst Ming Chi-Kuo is predicting sales of between 25 and 27 million for the current quarter. 

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And to further assuage fears over those production bottlenecks, he also expects the first quarter of next year to see an increase in production of 45 percent, accompanied by a drop in iPhone 8 production of around 60 percent. This decline in production for the lesser device would suggest that Apple is confident that there is huge demand for the iPhone X, although the iPhone 8 Plus is also currently selling well above expectations.

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Apple's own earnings guidance for investors tells a similarly positive story, with revenue anticipated revenue for this quarter falling somewhere between 84 and 87 billion dollars.

Apple seem to really be throwing their entire weight behind the new iPhone X, with a lot of post-release support promised. Interviewed in Wallpaper* magazine, Apple's Chief of Design, Jony Ive,  has hinted at interesting things to come in software upgrades over the next twelve months, though he declined to go into detail as to what they would actually entail, other than that in a year's time “this object will be able to do things that it can't now”.

Of course, now that the various rumours surrounding the iPhone X have either been fulfilled or refuted, it's time for the rumour mill to grind on to next year's expected release, and already the internet is abuzz with speculation about 2018's offering, the iPhone X 2. But in the meantime it sounds like there will be plenty to talk about as the functions of the iPhone X evolve and expand. And Apple, it would appear, is positively thriving on public interest.

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The iPhone X

With pre-orders for the new iPhone X opening next week, anticipation is high for Apple's latest handheld device, announced last month at their keynote along with with iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. If all goes to plan, deliveries will begin next week, on November 3rd. Photos and video of the new device have begun to surface online, with one piece on Reddit showcasing a shiny silver variant. Its new “all-screen” bezel-less design is raising eyebrows, especially so given that it is the first major overhaul of the iPhone's basic structure since 2014.

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Apple's world. The much-vaunted supply problems that were hinted at during the development of all its new devices still seem to be plaguing Apple, with a report from top Apple analyst Ming Chi Kuo warning that supply of the new iPhone X will remain limited well into next year.

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The problem seems to lie in the “TrueDepth” camera sensor. TrueDepth technology is what the iPhone X uses to enable its Face ID facial recognition system, and according to Kuo Apple has run into difficulty sourcing the necessary components for mass production. This, he says, will put a severe dent into their 2017 sales- sales, which, lest we forget, have already been hit by large numbers of customers opting to skip the iPhone 8 and iPhone S entirely and to hold on for the iPhone X.

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However, Kuo also points out that after disappointing sales this year, supply issues should be well on the way to being resolved at the beginning of 2018, and the first quarter should see a huge increase in sales. Stock has often been limited at the launch of new iPhones, but never quite to this extent. But Apple are counting on recouping these losses very soon, which could make 2018 quite the return to form for the electronics giant.

If all goes according to plan, then the thousand-dollar price tag on the iPhone X combined with the built-up anticipation for the device could see next year being a great one for Apple.

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Sales from the Last Apple Launch?

Apple's launch at its keynote of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X was possibly the biggest news of the year's tech calendar, though the industry giant may have made a tactical mis-step in staggering the release dates of the devices. According to researcher Localytics, the iPhone 8's first weekend sales performance was significantly lower than that of its predecessor the iPhone 7, and the crowds for which Apple devices hitting stores have become famous were significantly smaller. The iPhone 8 managed a mere 0.3 percent of international market share across all iOS devices, with the iPhone 8 Plus reaching a score of 0.4 percent. Compare those scores with that of the iPhone 7, which managed 1 percent, or better yet the iPhone 6 with 2 percent.

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However, it remains to be seen how much of this is a significant cause for concern for Apple. Word around the industry is that it is not competitors who have damaged the iPhone 8's first-weekend market share, but Apple itself, with the hotly-anticipated launch of its brand new iPhone X being thought by many to have eaten into the iPhone's sales.

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This would of course be great news for Apple, because it would indicate that there is even more demand for the iPhone X than had been anticipated. And with its eye-watering price tag, the relatively poor performance of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus could prove to be a mere blip in Apple's success story. Although it could be a blip that lasts a while, if stories within the industry that supply is low for the iPhone X prove to be true- Apple will eventually recoup any losses, but it may take a while to actually get the devices into the hands of their eager customers and, more importantly, the money from their wallets.

 

Of course, the other piece of good news that can be inferred from the assumption that it is the iPhone X that is harming sales of the iPhone 8 is that customers have not been put off by the iPhone X's high price, adding credence to Apple CEO's assertion that while the price was high, the iPhone X offers superb value for money.

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The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus

Although the undisputed star of the show at last month's Apple keynote was the iPhone X (which everyone expected to be the iPhone 8; of which, more later) with its all-singing, all-dancing massive bezel-less screen, facial recognition technology and eye-watering price tag, there has also been a substantial amount of buzz about its two co-stars, the next iterations of the current-gen iPhone.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (which everyone expected to be the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus) launched alongside the new device, offering a host of upgrades and enhancements to the iPhone 7.

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Although the undisputed star of the show at last month's Apple keynote was the iPhone X (which everyone expected to be the iPhone 8; of which, more later) with its all-singing, all-dancing massive bezel-less screen, facial recognition technology and eye-watering price tag, there has also been a substantial amount of buzz about its two co-stars, the next iterations of the current-gen iPhone.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus (which everyone expected to be the iPhone 7S and the iPhone 7S Plus) launched alongside the new device, offering a host of upgrades and enhancements to the iPhone 7.

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The 64-bit architecture of the new A11 Bionic CPU promises significantly increased performance, and the GPU is 70% faster than that of the iPhone 7, meaning quicker responses, faster load times and improved gaming.

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If you feel like splashing out the extra cash, the iPhone 8 Plus is, as its name would suggest, a supercharged variant on the iPhone 8. It has a dual-lens camera, similar to that found on the iPhone 7 Plus, and Apple claim it will offer the best video recording yet seen in a smartphone. Along with its new AR features and wireless charging capability, it's a valid choice for anyone who's not too keen on coughing up a thousand pounds for the iPhone X.

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Delays to the iPhone 8?

Rumours that one of the most anticipated devices of the year, the iPhone 8, may well become one of the most anticipated devices of next year may have been slightly exaggerated - but not by much.

As far back as May a note from Deutsche Bank warned that technical challenges and a shortage of key components could push the launch back until 2018, but most commentators were still expecting it to roll out in September. Now, however, a report from Economic Daily News is suggesting delays until November or December, and a more optimistic forecast from Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty put the launch in October. Volume production for the new iPhone is said to have already commenced, but Foxconn Electronics and Pegatron's yield rates have yet to reach mass production levels. This means that whenever the launch happens, the device will initially only be available in small quantities.

The release of the iPhone 8 is expected to create what is known as a “super cycle”, with many customers already about to upgrade their phones who will wait for the launch of the latest model. As a result, claims Guggenheim's Robert Cihra, Apple's fortunes and stock should not be harmed by the delay, with the bulk of its sales merely transferred to the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018 rather than lost to competitors. Although the iPhone 8 will be substantially more expensive than previous models, Cihra doesn't believe the customer base will see this price rise as significant enough to put them off.

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Also rumoured is that one of the reasons for the delays has been teething problems with attempts to incorporate the Touch ID fingerprint sensor into the edge-to-edge OLED display featured by some of the devices, and that Apple may instead have opted for facial recognition technology using its new 3D camera sensors.

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There are reported to be three variations set to be announced for the new iPhone- 4.7 and 5.5 inch LED models, and the aforementioned 5.8 inch edge-to-edge OLED edition. Whatever happens, it looks like the iPhone 8 will be one of the most sought-after gifts this Christmas, and next year's must-have gadget.

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