The big changes coming to iPhone 8, this week on The CultCast

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According to new reports, iPhone 8 is getting the big changes you've been waiting for.
According to new reports, iPhone 8 is getting the big changes you've been waiting for.
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This week on The CultCast: According to new reports, the iPhone 8 will get a huge makeover with an edge-to-edge screen, wireless charging, a huge battery and more. We’ll tell you everything we know. Plus: A 4K Apple TV is on the way; our favorite TV shows from days of yore; and the search for the perfect corn dog.

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AAPL shares close at new all-time high

  • Thanks to an improved rating from Wall Street investment firm Goldman Sachs, Apple shares have been on the rise this week. Shares were trading above the previous intra-day record high of $134.54 set on April 28, 2015.
  • Apple’s IPO was on December 12, 1980, at $22 a share.
  • At that time, 100 shares would have cost you $2,200.
  • Since the IPO, the stock has split four times, including three 2-for-1 splits and one 7-for-1 split.
  • Your 100 shares would have multiplied to 5,600 shares.
  • Your initial $2,200 investment would now be worth $759,136.
  • By comparison, a $2,200 investment in the S&P 500 in the same time would have netted you about $79,000.
  • If you had invested $10,000, you’d now how have $3,446,477.44.

Smaller iPhone set to get big battery upgrade in 2017

  • Apple reportedly plans to pack a much bigger battery inside the new 4.7-inch iPhone set to be revealed later this year.

iPhone 8 to feature 5.8-inch OLED display with 5.15-inch main screen and virtual buttons below

  • The 2017 iPhone will feature a 5.8-inch OLED display panel with 5.15 inches of usable screen space, according to new predictions by KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
  • The display will reportedly take up the entire front of the iPhone, eliminating the bezels, with space at the bottom of the screen reserved for virtual buttons.
  • Kuo thinks the OLED iPhone will have measurements similar to the 4.7-inch iPhone.
  • Apple is expected to introduce a stacked logic board design to support bigger batteries, and will feature a battery capacity similar to the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus.
  • Kuo expects the OLED iPhone to cost in excess of $1,000.
  • The OLED iPhone will be “the only bright spot” in the 2017 iPhone lineup, according to Kuo, which may mean that the other phones will receive only minor improvements.
  • Japanese blog Mac Otakara recently reported that the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models will retain an aluminum design like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, with only internal changes.

Apple joins Wireless Power Consortium ahead of iPhone 8

  • Apple has been added to the Wireless Power Consortium, a group dedicated to developing and promoting mass-market adoption of the wireless charging interface standard Qi.
  • This would seem to suggest that Apple will adopt the standard Qi wireless technology, as opposed to inventing its own charging-pad-free alternative, as has been heavily rumored.
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