iPhone 8 sales far more promising than early reports suggested


Apple is expecting a 50/50 split between the iPhone 8 and iPhone X product lines.
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Concerns that the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus experienced disappointing first weekend sales are overblown, claims respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In a note to investors, Kuo said that reports about the new iPhone 8 have so far been “excessively negative.”

Instead, Kuo suggests that first weekend sales for the handset were relatively stable, and that Apple is expecting a roughly even split between the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.

iPhone X could rack up giant preorder numbers


Apple's on track to make some serious bank!
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The iPhone X is Apple’s biggest handset refresh since 2014’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, and respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks that its highly anticipated status is set to make it a giant hit.

In a new note to investors, Kuo suggests that iPhone X preorders could exceed 40 million, and may even hit 50 million. If true, this would be a massive achievement for Apple, particularly given the high price of the handset, which some predicted would be a major strike against it.

iPhone X supply won’t balance with demand until next year


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That's nowhere near enough to meet early demand.
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Getting your fingers all over the iPhone X’s edge-to-edge super Retina display won’t be easy during 2017.

According to one of the most accurate Apple analysts in the game, the new tech inside the iPhone X will cause the supply of units to be severely constrained. Even though the new device doesn’t go on sale until November, Apple’s going to be facing production shortages for quite some time.

Crazy Apple fans are already lining up to buy the iPhone X


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Getting your hands on the iPhone X at launch may be nearly impossible.
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The wait in line for the great iPhone X has already begun.

Apple hasn’t even unveiled its new premium $1,000 iPhone yet, or announced when it will be available, but that’s not stopping some hardcore fanboys from lining up at stores with cash in hand.

iPhone X supply has no hope of meeting demand


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Good luck getting your hands on one of these.
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iPhone X might be insanely expensive, but that won’t prevent it from becoming the best-selling Apple smartphone to date. What might scupper sales is incredibly short supply.

According to one reliable analyst, iPhone X production, as it currently stands, has no hope of keeping up with early demand.

Analyst: Blame Samsung for iPhone 8’s high price tag


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Switching to OLED won't be cheap.
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Apple’s upcoming premium iPhone is likely to be its most expensive model ever — and Samsung is partly to blame, according to a reliable Apple analyst.

In his latest research note, KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo explains to investors that Samsung currently holds a practical monopoly on the supply of OLED displays. The company is likely charging Apple a huge amount of money to make the switch from LCD modules to OLED. Apple fans probably won’t be happy with the final price tag.

Apple’s 3D sensing tech is two years ahead of the competition


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Android manufacturers aren't in a rush to copy all of the iPhone 8's features.
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Don’t expect Android phones to be able to match the upcoming iPhone’s 3D sensing technology any year soon.

According to a new report from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple competitor Qualcomm is working on its own 3D sensing tech, but it’s at least two years behind. And handset-makers aren’t in a rush to embrace it quite yet.

Apple Watch with LTE might not make phone calls on its own


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Apple Watch Series 3 might add LTE (in addition to other cool features).
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The rumored Apple Watch with LTE may not work for phone calls, according to new research from a reliable Apple analyst. Instead, Apple will focus on improving the user experience with the untethered wearable.

That’s the main takeaway from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. However, his Wednesday research note offers other predictions about the upcoming hardware update.

Apple Watch Series 3 will bring LTE but no design changes


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Apple Watch Series 3 will look exactly the same as its predecessors.
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Apple Watch Series 3 will be a significant upgrade thanks to LTE connectivity, which will allow you to use apps and receive notifications without being tethered to your iPhone over Bluetooth.

But one reliable analyst warns that the new model will look exactly the same as its predecessors.

iPhone 8 may only come in 3 color options


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Facial scanning may be the iPhone's next big feature.
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Despite rumors of production holdups, the next-generation iPhone won’t face a delayed launch, according to the latest report out of Asia. The new iPhone 8 will allegedly come in only three color options, with manufacturing hitting full swing next month.

Still, getting your hands on one might not be so easy.