Want to score an iPhone X? Here are the best preorder tips

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It’s widely expected that the iPhone X will be in very, very limited supply when Apple begins taking preorders on Oct. 27. In order to have one in your hands on launch day, well, it’s going to take a bit of luck and a lot of planning ahead.

1. Set an alarm (or three)

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Be prepared to stay up late, or wake up really early, if you’re in the US. Apple’s preorders typically start at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET/8.01 a.m. UK/6 p.m. AEDT. Set multiple alarms to ensure you don’t sleep through the preorder. (Probably not a problem in Australia.)

2. Pay your wireless bill

Make sure your wireless bill is paid up. There’s nothing more disappointing during the iPhone order process than being told you need to pay your bill before the order can go through.

3. Confirm your upgrade status

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Just because you’re on a payment plan for your current phone doesn’t mean you’re eligible for an upgrade. Sometimes another payment toward your device needs to be paid; other times your carrier may ask for a bigger payoff before you’re eligible to upgrade.

In other words, log into your account through your carrier’s website and ensure you’re able to upgrade. Make any payments that will be required now, not on Oct. 27.

4. Get preapproved for the iPhone Upgrade Program

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Starting Oct. 23, members of Apple’s iPhone Upgrade Program can take all of the necessary steps to complete the upgrade process, short of actually ordering the iPhone X. According to Apple’s upgrade site, members can use the Apple Store app to prepare for the preorder between Oct. 23 and Oct. 26. After that, apparently, you’re on your own. 

5. Use the Apple Store app

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By far the best way to order previous iPhones is through the Apple Store iOS app. The past few preorders I’ve placed have been through the app without a single issue. Most of the time the app is the first thing to come back after Apple takes the store offline.

Download the Apple Store app, then be sure to log into your Apple account.

One last thing: Go in right now and “heart” the iPhone X model you want. By doing so you can quickly pull up the exact model when it comes time to order through the Account tab.


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6. Multiple tabs

Despite the ease of use and success rate of the Apple Store app, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. Have a computer nearby with multiple tabs open.

I typically have one tab pointed at my carrier’s website and another at the Apple Store. Using Chrome, I use this Auto Refresh extension and set it to refresh each tab every 5 seconds. Once the preorder goes live, I then quickly disable the extension.

7. Unfreeze your credit

Interacting with a carrier or Apple and taking part in one of the many iPhone upgrade programs typically requires some sort of credit check during the checkout process. And following the Equifax hack, you may have put a freeze on your credit.

With that in mind, you don’t want to miss out on a launch day unit just because you forgot to remove the freeze on your credit. In fact, you can do this right now through all three credit monitoring services, schedule a temporary freeze removal, and have it go back in place on Oct. 28. Below are direct links to each company’s respective page for doing just that:

The $1,000 iPhone X is beautiful, but here’s why I’m not interested

Apple’s upcoming iPhone X is beautiful. 


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It’s hard to argue with
how attractive the iPhone X is — it’s quite a
looker.

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Sullivan/Getty


For $1,000, you get a pocket supercomputer that’s mostly screen.
Aside from a tiny notch on the top, the face of the phone is
almost entirely touchscreen display. There’s no Home button, and
almost no “bezel” (the black frame around the screen). It’s a
slick, gorgeous design — no doubt.

But, for me, the iPhone X doesn’t appeal to me given how I
actually use my smartphone: Rarely with two hands at once, often
while doing other things.

Consider your own smartphone use. There are assuredly times when
you’re calmly using your phone with both hands, but I’d bet that
most of your smartphone use is on-the-go. For me, much of the
time I use my phone is with one hand, navigating whatever I want
with my thumb. Often I’m doing that precariously over
concrete. 

It’s crucial that when I’m doing that, my grip on the phone
doesn’t accidentally select something — exactly the kind of time
when the phone’s bezel comes in especially handy. 


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With the iPhone X, the lack of bezel not only means that I’m more
likely to accidentally push something, but I also worry about
dropping this phone. Instead of gripping the phone, I’m
more likely to cradle it, so as not to hide the screen with any
of my fingers — like you see my colleague Steve Kovach doing
above.

In the photo above, that $1,000 smartphone is resting
precariously on his fingers, ungripped, and leaning against the
rest of his hand. One misplaced shoulder bump on the way to the
bathroom and that gorgeous display could be a web of cracks.
That’s one of my main concerns about larger phones in general,
and it rings true with this all-glass iPhone X.


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“What’s the point of a smartphone that’s mostly screen?”

That’s the main question I’ve been trying to answer since the
iPhone X was announced in September, and I’ve come up with
nothing. I’m not sure Apple has an answer, either. The iPhone X
is being advertised by Apple as “the future” of the iPhone line.
But what’s so futuristic about it? No Home button? More
screen? 

It might look futuristic, but functionally, it’s

pretty similar to the more affordable iPhone 8

Marketing quibbles aside, if Apple’s vision for “the future” of
the iPhone is a more expensive, slightly larger phone with fewer
buttons and a bit more screen, I’m not prepared to buy in.

Apple iPhone X price, features, specs and release date: Lawsuit claims Apple stole ‘Animoji’ trademark

Apple’s 10th anniversary iPhone, the iPhone X, was announced on 12 September at the Steve Jobs Theatre at Apple Park, the tech giant’s new San Francisco headquarters. 

It brings a whole range of new features to Apple’s flagship device a decade after Jobs launched the original, multi-touch iPhone.

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20/10/2017: Lawsuit claims Apple stole ‘Animoji’ trademark

Apple has reportedly been hit with a lawsuit that claims the company’s ‘Animoji’ feature infringes on an existing trademark.

The headline feature was placed centre stage when Apple revealed the iPhone X last month, which adds 3D animated characters that act like emojis. However, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday, the name ‘Animoji’ already exists as a trademark, originally registered with the US patent office in 2015.

The filing was made by lawyers acting on behalf of Enrique Bonansea, a US citizen living in Japan and owner of e-commerce and technology consultancy firm Emonster k.k., according to The Recorder.

It appears the dispute is not just over a name, as Bonansea currently has a messaging app on the iOS App Store that uses the Animoji name, which, according to the lawsuit, Apple was aware of and even tried to purchase the trademark ahead of the iPhone X launch.

“This is a textbook case of willful, deliberate trademark infringement,” the lawsuit reads. “With full awareness of Plaintiffs’ ANIMOJI mark, Apple decided to take the name and pretend to the world that ‘Animoji’ was original to Apple.

“Apple knew that plaintiffs have used the ANIMOJI mark to brand a messaging product available for download on Apple’s own App Store. Indeed, Apple offered to buy plaintiffs’ mark but was rebuffed. Instead of using the creativity on which Apple developed its worldwide reputation, Apple simply plucked the name from a developer on its own App Store.”

It also claims that Apple attempted to purchase the trademark through a number of “front” companies earlier this year, but that Bonansea rejected each offer. Failing to secure the trademark, on 11 September, one day before the iPhone X reveal, Apple moved to try and cancel the trademark, according to the lawsuit.

Bonansea hoped to release an updated version of his app this year, but rushed to submit a new iteration in an attempt to prevent the public associating the trademark any further with Apple, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges this rush to market has caused “irreparable injury” to Bonansea’s product, and is seeking damages, as well as an injunction to stop Apple using the Animoji name.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

18/10/2017: iPhone X is now shipping from the Foxconn factory

The iPhone X will be very hard to find initially, if reports that the first batch of shipments amounts to just 46,500 units are to be believed.

The first shipments of the iPhone X have left Foxconn’s Zhengzhou and Shanghai factories and are now winging their way to retailers in the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates (UAE), according to Chinese news website Xinhuanet.com (via Digitimes). Neither site revealed why those two markets are the first to get their devices, but they’re obviously key sales zones for the manufacturer, which is pinning hopes on the iPhone X to boost its sales for the year.

Although Apple isn’t due to start taking pre-orders until next week (27 October) and it won’t be available in buyers’ hands until 3 November, retailers are prepping for the launch ahead of time so they’re ready to start sending them out as soon as pre-orders start coming in.

However, the 46,500 number is much lower than previous iPhone shipments, according to Chinese site Commercial Times, and some sites report that the complexity of the X’s TrueDepth camera, which enables its Face ID feature, is slowing production times.

While Foxconn will make 400,000 of the iPhone X a week, compared to 100,000, which was the original order, this still isn’t enough to meet market demand, Commercial Times said.

13/10/2017: iPhone X will hide notifications from everyone but you

The iPhone X’s Face ID feature will do more than just unlock your phone — it will also hide notifications from unfamiliar faces.

The lock screen on Apple’s next flagship smartphone will only show the content of notifications if Face ID recognises the face as the owner of the phone, according to Phone Arena. If someone else picks up the phone, the lock screen will not display the actual content of the notification, just the notification’s source. It’s a handy feature that could prove incredibly useful for maintaining a user’s security and privacy.

This feature will also be available on iOS 11 although it will work a bit differently since earlier iPhones lack the hardware to power Face ID. Those running Apple’s latest OS on earlier iPhone models will be able to go into settings and enable notifications with content only when the device is unlocked, much like the setting Android devices have used for a while now.

As reported by Mac Rumors, the technology used for Face ID is already being shipped to Apple, suggesting that this feature will be ready for the IPhone X when its released in early November.

29/09/2017: How will iPhone X’s Face ID work?

Apple has released a video explaining how its FaceID identification platform will work, revealing it uses neural networks to resist spoofing attempts. However, it would seem even Apple can’t explain exactly how the technology works, according to the BBC.

Because it’s been designed to prevent people that are not the owner from breaking into the phone, its behaviour “can be observed but the underlying process remains opaque,” the BBC explained.

Although it will be able to tell the difference between its rightful owner trying to unlock the device and someone wearing a mask that closely resembles them, it will never be able to reveal how it came to the conclusion the disguised individual wasn’t the person who set up Face ID.

“The developers of these kinds of systems have some level of insight into what is happening but can’t really create a narrative answer for why, in a specific case, a specific action is selected,” Rob Wortham, an artificial intelligence researcher at the University of Bath told the broadcaster.

“With neural networks there’s nothing in there to hang on to – even if you can inspect what’s going on inside the black box, you are none the wiser after doing so. There’s no machinery to enable you to trace what decisions led to the outputs.”

However, Apple does explain very roughly how it identifies the facial features of the face trying to unlock the device, shining 30,000 invisible infrared dots on it in a randomised way (which will vary from device to device). The information is then turned into an encrypted mathematical formulation and then compared to the data gleaned from the owner’s face, which is stored in a secure compartment of the iPhone.

It’s this final part that uses Apple-developed neural networks that cannot be hacked or changed, or in fact, explained by Apple.

Facial recognition has come under quite a lot of scrutiny in the past, with people claiming it’s not as secure as fingerprint recognition, for example. However, Apple launching the video so far ahead of the iPhone X’s launch date will hopefully go some way to allay those worries.

UK release date

The iPhone 10 comes out on 3 November. There were plenty of rumours of supply chain delays in the months preceding the device’s unveiling, and it looks like they were true. While the iPhone 8 comes out on 22 September, roughly the usual time an iPhone comes out, the iPhone 10 won’t follow for another six weeks. However, it is available for pre-order on 27 October.

Price

Even for Apple the iPhone X costs a pretty penny. At £999 for the 64GB model, the iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone Apple – or probably most major smartphone vendors – has ever produced.

Specs and hardware

A new six-core A11 Bionic chip with 64-bit architecture (up from last year’s four-core A10) powers most of the iPhone X’s capabilities. It has 30% faster graphics than the A10, and runs 70% faster, according to Apple.

When it comes to storage, the iPhone X comes in only two sizes – 64GB and 256GB.

Display

The iPhone 10’s 5.8in screen is Apple’s first to cover the entire front of the phone, which has a glass front OLED multi-touch display on the front, and a glass back as well – pretty sleek, but also pretty breakable, though it is toughened glass.

Its Super Retina HD display helps the Face ID feature (more on which below), while it boasts a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458 ppi. The screen includes 3D Touch, which allows you to execute different commands by pressing the screen with varying degrees of pressure.

Crucially, this edge-toedge display leaves no room for the home button, meaning Touch ID is no more.

Battery

Apple reckons the iPhone X lasts up to two hours longer than the iPhone 7, which itself lasted an impressive 13 hours in our review.

Camera

The iPhone X’s 12MP camera is the same – on the surface – as the iPhone 7’s, but boasts a lot more in terms of its software capabilities. Both larger and faster, this camera can measure depth with the TrueDepth sensor – key to the X’s Face ID feature. There’s also two of them, one front-facing and one rear-facing, both of course using optical image stabilisation.

Digital zoom on the lenses offers 10x zoom on photos and 6x for videos. The front-facing camera also offers a Portait Lighting feature using the 3D TrueDepth sensor. 

It’s faster than ever before, too, recording 4K video at 60fps and slo-mo videos in 1080p at 240fps.

Features

Face ID

The A11 chip’s integrated neural engine powers the iPhone X’s Face ID feature, which replaces Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor of yore.

This facial recognition capability has been trained on one billion photos (and on rubber masks to distinguish between real and fake faces) to be able to recognise a user quickly and easily. Apple claims this means Face ID is so secure the chances of it being fooled are one in one million, compared to Touch ID’s one in 50,000.

Animoji/AR

In a lighthearted move, Apple has made use of the camera’s augmented reality technology to map your facial movements to various animals emoji, 

The iPhone X will also support ‘animoji’ – animated emojis that uses AR technology to map your face and transpose your movements to certain Emoji, creating stickers and animated voice messages Naturally, the company has also partnered with Snapchat to optimise masks and filters for the iPhone X’s new AR capabilities.

Wireless charging

This feature isn’t exclusive to the iPhone X, but Apple’s AirPower pad allows you to charge your iPhone 8, X or Apple Watch 3 without the tangly mess of attaching a cable. 

Colours

The iPhone X is available in Silver and Space Gray on launch.

Verizon expects strong iPhone X demand this holiday season – BGR

The iPhone X sure is expensive, but that doesn’t mean that Apple won’t sell millions upon millions of units this year. Most reports say that Apple may meet its production goals for 2017 after all, although it’ll struggle to meet consumer demand well into 2018.

Verizon also said it expects strong iPhone X sales this quarter while confirming that iPhone 8 sales were not on par with what you’d expect from a new iPhone.

Verizon on Thursday said that only 5.5% of its customers upgraded their phones in the third quarter when the iPhone 8 was launched, down from 6.3% last year. However, the carrier is confident that the upgrade rate would improve this quarter, thanks to the iPhone X and Pixel 2, with special emphasis on the iPhone X.

“I think what you’re seeing there is a difference in timing with some of the new devices coming out versus what we’ve historically seen,” Verizon CFO Matt said on an earnings call with analysts, per Fortune.

“Obviously Apple is part of that with splitting the new devices between the 8, which came out in 3Q and the [iPhone] ten, which comes out in 4Q. But also on the Android OS side of the house, we’ve had the new Google device coming out this month as well.”

Yes, he called it “ten.”

“As we get into the holiday season, some of those new devices come out, we think we’ll see strong demand,” Ellis added, focusing on the price of the new iPhone X. “And look if you’re paying $1,000 for a new handset you’re going to want that to be on a good network, so we’re very confident that we’ll get more than our fair share of that activity when it comes through in the fourth quarter.”

In spite of lower iPhone 8 sales, Verizon beat expectations for the third quarter, reporting $31.7 billion in revenues, up 3%. The carrier added 274,000 postpaid subscribers during the period, 60% more than analysts expected.

Analysts expect carriers to fiercely fight for the iPhone X this quarter, which could drive that $1,000 price down significantly.

Will the Galaxy S9 be faster than the iPhone X? – BGR

When the Galaxy S8 came out this spring, it was the first high-end handset of 2017 to pack a processor built on 10nm process technology. We expected the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Exynos 8995 to be faster than Apple’s A10 Fusion 16nm chip that powers last year’s iPhone 7 generation. However, the iPhone 7 consistently beat devices with 10nm chips inside.

Next year, the Galaxy S9 may debut a brand a processor that’s even more efficient and faster than the Galaxy S8 chips. But will it be faster than the A11 Bionic 10nm chip inside the iPhone X and Galaxy Note 8?

Samsung is far from telling us anything about the Galaxy S9, but the company did announce on Wednesday that it’s ready to produce 8nm chips. The company said that three months ahead of schedule and it’s ready to take orders for its “8-nanometer (nm) FinFET process technology, 8LPP (Low Power Plus).”

Does that mean the Galaxy S9 will get 8nm chips next year? Reports did say the handset will enjoy a brief Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 exclusivity, without mentioning what type of process technology the new chip will use.

Samsung’s announcement provides other clues that 8nm chips may soon reach mobile phones. The company says that the 8nm chips will “provide differentiated benefits for applications including mobile, cryptocurrency and network/server,” and says the company can quickly ramp up production. Apparently, Qualcomm will continue to work with Samsung on mobile chips.

“8LPP will have a fast ramp since it uses proven 10nm process technology while providing better performance and scalability than current 10nm-based products,” Senior Vice President of Qualcomm RK Chunduru said.

These 8nm chips are expected to offer 10% lower power consumption and an up to 10% area reduction compared their 10nm equivalents. Speed improvements are also expected, although it’s too early to talk benchmarks.

It’ll also be interesting to see whether the new 8nm chips can outperform the iPhone X’s A10 Fusion. The iPhone X proved to be faster than most Android phones out there, although it did suffer some defeats against the iPhone 7 and the Note 8.

While Samsung manufactures chips for Qualcomm, it also makes its high-end silicon for Galaxy S and Galaxy Note devices. This week’s announcement also indicates that Samsung is probably working on the next-gen Exynos chip, although the company did not make any statements in that regard.

While the mobile industry may move to 8nm chips next year, Apple might not do it. TSMC, which manufactures the A-series chips for iPhones and iPads, eyes 7nm chips for next year.

Never-before-seen photos show iPhone X and empty Steve Jobs Theater before September event – BGR

Apple’s iPhone X release date is just around the corner, with preorders set to begin on October 27th ahead of the phone’s November 3rd launch. Hardcore Apple fans couldn’t possibly be more excited to get their hands on Apple’s first redesigned iPhone since 2014. Heck, even I’m excited. The iPhone X is our first glimpse at the future of Apple’s iPhone lineup and it’s packed with new features and new technologies that have never been available before on any smartphone, let alone an iPhone.

All that excitement began with Apple’s big iPhone X announcement event, which was historic for a few reasons. Beyond the simple fact that Apple was unveiling its tenth-anniversary iPhone, the event itself marked the first time the public got a peek inside Apple’s new Cupertino headquarters, affectionately known far and wide as Apple’s spaceship campus.

But now, a new set of photos has surfaced that show the iPhone X and Steve Jobs Theater like you’ve never seen them before.

Reports of iPhone X manufacturing delays and problems have been floating around since the early summer, and they’ve persisted even to today. Supply of Apple’s completely redesigned iPhone is expected to be severely constrained at launch, and shortages will likely continue well into 2018. Right now, we’re in the calm before the storm — that giddy feeling shared by millions of Apple fans will soon turn to frustration as they fight to get their hands on a new iPhone X, which will inevitably be sold out everywhere.

But hey, we might as well enjoy the calm before it turns into a storm.

Apple’s iPhone X event this past September was a spectacle from start to finish, and tech journalists and bloggers shared photos of the fray from start to finish. What the public never got to see, however, are photos from before the fray.

A user on Reddit just posted an album of photos that were captured by an unnamed friend. This friend presumably works at Apple, considering the fact that he or she had access to Steve Jobs Theater long before last month’s event started. These images show Steve Jobs Theater like we’ve never seen it before, and they also focus on part of the staging area where iPhone X demos were held. It’s truly a sight to behold.

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The Apple employee also got up close and personal with the iPhone X.

Image Source: ajsayshello, Reddit

Apple’s design prowess and attention to detail clearly extends well beyond the product it sells, and the theater dedicated to the company’s late co-founder is a showcase of that prowess. There will be plenty more events held in Steve Jobs Theater in the coming years, but you may never get a chance to see it quite like you can in these photos. Head over to the thread on Reddit to check out the rest of the images.

TSMC Foresees Double-Digit Sales Growth as iPhone X Hits Shelves

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. forecast 11 to 12 percent growth in revenue in the holiday quarter, when Apple Inc.’s much-anticipated iPhone X goes on sale.

TSMC’s technological edge and its role as the main chip supplier to Apple is helping it weather poor smartphone demand globally. The world’s largest producer of made-to-order microchips is predicting revenue of $9.1 billion to $9.2 billion in the December quarter, in line with projections for about $9.15 billion.

That forecast came after TSMC posted a narrower-than-expected 7 percent decline in profit. The Taiwanese giant, which had reported three consecutive months of sales declines, is one of the industry’s most cost-effective chip producers and has steadily gained market share at the expense of smaller rivals.

It’s preparing to spend more than $20 billion on its next state-of-the-art plant as it’s built out in coming years: the price for staying ahead of Intel Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. in cutting-edge production. TSMC spends $10 billion annually to stay abreast of rivals, but the cost of safeguarding its perch as the predominant player in bespoke semiconductors is soaring as chipmaking gets increasingly intricate. Founder Morris Chang — who’s handing the company’s reins to two lieutenants next year — said this month TSMC may have to bump its annual outlay up to as high as $11 billion.

“TSMC will continue to receive advance process orders in the second half of 2017 from Apple and Huawei, among others, and its 10nm capacity will remain fully loaded,” Kevin Chen, an analyst with Sinopac Securities, wrote in a report ahead of the earnings release. TSMC is currently investing in even narrower transistor widths, which boost performance. “For 7nm, TSMC is progressing faster than competitor Samsung and is likely to begin mass production earlier than expected in first quarter of 2018.”

Globally, demand for smartphones remains tepid. Investors had counted on a flurry of orders as Apple’s latest device prepared to hit store shelves, but early indications are that many consumers chose instead to wait it out for the more distinctive iPhone X. The U.S. company is TSMC’s biggest customer, accounting for more than 15 percent of revenue, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Credit Suisse trimmed its estimate on TSMC’s 2018 sales by about 1.2 percent, citing lower expectations on iPhones.

TSMC reported a net income of NT$89.9 billion ($3 billion) in the September quarter, compared with the NT$87.7 billion projected. 

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Global smartphone demand had been expected to recover in 2017 from last year’s record slump, led by Android phonemakers such as Huawei Technologies Co., a TSMC customer that ranks third in global device sales. But consumers are waiting longer to replace smartphones, while slowing innovation in hardware is dampening enthusiasm. TSMC ’s shares gained about 0.6 percent on Thursday.

TSMC remains confident of sustaining healthy growth. Chang, who’s credited with helping pioneer the contract chipmaking industry, said TSMC’s sales growth should come close to 10 percent this year in U.S. dollar terms. That’s down from 12.4 percent in 2016 and 2015’s 11 percent. The company expects annual U.S. dollar revenue growth of 5 to 10 percent over the coming years, he added.

TSMC is now racing to meet the future demand it anticipates from computers and connected devices in the so-called Internet of Things, from cars to home appliances and voice-activated speakers. 

— With assistance by Yuan Gao, Adela Lin, and Cindy Wang

Apple IPhone X, Digital Strategy Figure Into Verizon Earnings | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

Verizon Communications (VZ) on Thursday morning reports earnings for the first time since closing the acquisition of internet portal Yahoo, with analysts looking for an update on its digital media strategy and how new Apple iPhones will figure into the mix.

XAutoplay: On | OffVerizon announced recently that global media chief Marni Walden will leave the company early next year, with Oath Chief Executive Tim Armstrong taking over digital media strategy. Verizon in July combined Yahoo with its AOL business and other assets to form Oath.

Further, wireless competition has moderated, analysts say, despite Apple‘s (AAPL) roll out of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.

“Wireless service revenue trajectory will continue to be a key metric. We expect service revenue declines to show a sequential improvement,” Jonathan Atkin, an RBC Capital analyst said in a note to clients. “With Marni Walden stepping down, we also look for more color on the Oath financial and strategic trajectory.”


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Verizon’s third quarter profit is expected to slip 3% to 98 cents a share, with revenue rising 1.7% to $31.45 billion.

Verizon plans to slash $10 billion in costs by 2022, enabling the telecom company to largely fund its dividend through the savings. Verizon on Sept. 7 hiked its annual dividend for the 11th straight year. Slowing wireless service revenue growth has raised questions over Verizon’s ability to fund its dividend long-term.

Jennifer Fritzsche, analyst at Wells Fargo, said in her note to clients: “A slightly delayed Apple iPhone upgrade cycle and a more muted competitive environment should benefit Verizon. We expect a second straight quarter of positive postpaid net phone additions. We believe wireless service revenue declines will improve. We will look for more color on the competitive environment ahead of the Apple iPhone X launch in early November.”

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Apple iPhone X Production Finally Ramping Up, Easing Concerns | Stock News & Stock Market Analysis

After weeks of Wall Street analysts cutting their Apple (AAPL) iPhone X shipment estimates over production concerns, one analyst on Wednesday raised his forecast, noting signs that production is accelerating.

Rosenblatt Securities analyst Jun Zhang upped his iPhone X shipment forecast, but maintained his neutral rating on Apple stock with a price target of 150.

Apple shares were down a fraction, near 160.30, in afternoon trading on the stock market today.

“We believe iPhone production continues its improvement this week as our industry research suggests (contract manufacturer) Hon Hai added capacity with an additional 20 production lines, reaching a total of 30 production lines this week,” Zhang said in a report.

He estimates that Hon Hai, aka Foxconn Technology Group, can boost weekly production to 600,000 to 700,000 units per week starting this week.

“Therefore, we expect 3 million iPhone X shipments before Nov. 3 with production ramping to 7 million to 8 million units in November and 15 million units in December,” Zhang said. “We are increasing our iPhone X shipment estimate from 20 (million) to 25 million for the December quarter and maintain our 50 million unit estimate for the March quarter.”

Even with increased production, Zhang says, Apple will see supply constraints for the iPhone X, which goes on sale Nov. 3 following a week of online preorders.


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“We expect the iPhone X to sell out quickly with positive market sentiment on demand,” he said.

Production of the iPhone X has been slowed by manufacturing-yield issues associated with the device’s 3D scanning module for facial recognition, according to analyst reports.

The increasing iPhone X production is good news for firms in the 3D-sensing supply chain, including Lumentum (LITE), STMicroelectronics (STM), Viavi Solutions (VIAV) and European-traded AMS, which he described as “key beneficiaries of the iPhone X.”

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One simple photo shows why Apple’s iPhone X is so exciting – BGR

With just over two weeks to go until Apple’s iPhone X release date finally arrives, anticipation is beginning to boil over. Yes, it’s true that the new phone’s sky-high price tag is scaring some people away. In fact, the thought of spending more than $1,000 on an entry-level iPhone X with only 64GB of storage is even causing some hardcore Apple fans to buy cheaper iPhones — or even to jump ship and switch to a Samsung phone.

There’s no question that spending $1,000 or more on a smartphone is out of reach for many people, but there are plenty of installment plans out there that make the iPhone X far more attainable. For people willing to cough up that kind of cash, the iPhone X couldn’t be more exciting. In fact, even I’m getting excited about the iPhone X, and it’s the first time in years that I’ve been excited about a new iPhone.

What’s so exciting? The answer lies in one simple photo.

Apple’s upcoming iPhone X is one of the most powerful smartphones the world has ever seen… but the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are just as powerful. The X packs a remarkable new A11 Bionic chipset with a built-in neural engine, which is an industry first… but the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have the same exact silicon. The X has what is arguably the best smartphone camera on the planet… but it’s pretty much the same as the camera in the iPhone 8 Plus.

Since the iPhone X’s specs are on par with the other two iPhones Apple has already released, what’s so special about it? The answer is simple and obvious: The design.

I’ve said it time and time again, but it bears repeating. The iPhone X is the biggest and most hotly anticipated smartphone launch of 2017 because it’s the first redesigned iPhone the world has seen since 2014. That’s three years ago. Three long years with practically identical iPhone designs. Imagine a car going three generations without an exterior redesign.

Of course, the iPhone X design isn’t just exciting because it’s new — it’s exciting because it’s stunning. The phone sports a gorgeous new OLED display with the best screen-to-body ration in the industry thanks to Apple’s brilliant engineering. The stainless steel and glass construction is elegant to a point that the phone has no equal among Apple’s rivals. It truly is in a league of its own.

Why are iPhone 8 Plus sales believed by many to be lower than analysts were expecting? Take a look at this photo from Reddit:

This one, simple, low-quality picture truly is worth 1,000 words. Sitting side by side, it’s painfully obvious how dated and unappealing Apple’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus design really is. It’s just… so… boring. It was a wonderful design in 2014. It drew a few yawns in 2015. It was stale and sad in 2016. Now, in 2017, it’s inexcusable. Apple is using the same iPhone design for the fourth consecutive year. Ugh.

The photo above makes it painfully apparent why so many people are so excited for the iPhone X. Expect chaos when iPhone X preorders go live on October 27th, and absolute pandemonium when the iPhone X is released on November 3rd.