iPhone X

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.

Korean report claims flexible iPhone coming in 2020

LG Flexible Display

In a recent interview with the Japanese fashion and design site Brutus Casa (via 9to5Mac), Apple’s design head Jony Ive explained that the iPhone X is the end of a long-term goal to design what he called a "single slab of glass." Ive also noted in the interview that the iPhone X is a "new chapter" for the iPhone and the "beginning of its development." Tech bloggers have already begun speculating what's next for the iPhone based on Ive's comments, and yesterday the first rumor of a flexible device started to spread. For years there has been talk about bendable screens and see-through smartphones, but the most likely scenario for the future of the iPhone is the development of more Face ID features. However, that hasn't stopped the Korean publication The Bell from claiming that Apple is working with LG to develop a foldable OLED panel.

IKEA promotes wireless charging for Apple devices

IKEA wireless charging Qi

Apple's iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus arrived in stores last week. One of the highlights of the new design is a glass back with support for Qi wireless charging. While IKEA has offered home furnishings with built-in charging pads since 2015, the company launched an advertising campaign to promote its Qi offerings to Apple fans.

Pre-order your iPhone X case before the October launch

iPhone X Cases

The iPhone X is slightly larger than the iPhone 7. Its height is listed at 5.65 inches (143.6 mm), compared to the iPhone 7 which is listed at 5.45 inches (138.4 mm). The iPhone X is smaller than the Plus models which are around 6.24 inches (158.4 mm). This means your current iPhone case will not fit the iPhone X no matter what device you own. Even though the iPhone X is around the same size as the iPhone 7, it has a larger 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display thanks to its bezel-less design. This is something you will need to keep in mind when shopping for a new screen protector, or you can just pre-order the new Zagg invisibleSHIELD for the iPhone X and save yourself some time.

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