Report: Apple to cut iPhone 8 production in half ahead of iPhone X launch

iPhone X

A new report in the Taiwan-based newspaper Economic Times (via Reuters) claims Apple plans to cut iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus production by nearly 50 percent in November and December. Cutting production of its latest flagship iPhone before the holiday shopping season would typically be a bad sign, but Apple is most likely preparing for the launch of the iPhone X.

Analysts believe that Apple plans to focus on the iPhone X which delivers a radical new design and new Face ID feature. However, Apple shares still "fell 1.5 percent in premarket trading on Thursday as brokers and traders speculated over poor demand and cuts in production of the iPhone 8," according to Reuters.

New puzzle game Campfire Cooking makes for a nice October treat

Developer Layton Hawkes is known for his candy filled puzzle title Puzzlepops and its Halloween-inspired sequel Puzzlepops Trick or Treat. His latest game is another treat filled title called Campfire Cooking.

Campfire Cooking includes over 100 camping related cooking challenges. Players must twist and turn skewers to roast marshmallows and push pots of vegetables to cook over open flames. As with any puzzle game, there are plenty of obstacles to make your task of cooking meals harder than normal. You will have to maneuver your food around burned-out logs, and use switches and magnets to pull your pots across your campfire.

Mmm Fingers 2 coming to App Store this week

Noodlecake Studios and No Monkeys have teamed up once again to release Mmm Fingers 2. The follow-up to the unique obstacle game is set to land on the Apple App Store this Thursday, October 19th.

The goal of Mmm Fingers 2 is that same as the original -- keep your fingers glued to your device's display while avoiding colorful monsters. The sequel includes plenty of new obstacles and 75 different challenges. It also comes with two new game modes: Daily Challenge and Challenge Mode.

How to turn off an iPhone without the power button

iOS 11 Shut Down

For those with iOS 11 or later installed, Apple has added a new option to power off an iPhone or iPad without using a physical button. The sleep/wake or power button has always been a fixture of the iPhone. Also known as the side or top button, this switch will wake or sleep iOS with a quick press. Long press will enter the "slide to power off" screen. The alternative is a software shutdown, which can be performed by following these steps:

Next year's iPhones will not offer Touch ID

Face ID TrueDepth camera

With iPhone X pre-orders still weeks away, Face ID has yet to arrive in consumers' hands. This hasn't stopped renowned KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from predicting Apple's next moves surrounding the technology. Despite the fact that Touch ID was only introduced four years ago, Kuo expects Apple to leave Touch ID in the dust starting in fall 2018.

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