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Consumer Reports rates the iPhone 8 and 8Plus higher than the iPhone X…

I’m glad i picked up and 8 Plus…NOT a X….

Consumer Reports today shared its final iPhone X testing results, and while the site has given the iPhone X a recommendation, Apple’s new flagship smartphone has been ranked below the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus in the Consumer Reports recommended list.

The iPhone X did make the Consumer Reports list of top 10 smartphones in the number 9 slot, but the site says it did not beat out the iPhone 8 or the iPhone 8 Plus because of its poor performance on a durability test. Both the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus better survived a tumble test for emulating real-world drops and fumbles of about 2.5 feet that can result in device damage, despite the fact that all three devices have glass bodies.

After 50-100 tumbles, one iPhone X model suffered serious body damage, while two others had screen defects. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus ended up with just a few scrapes after the test. Front displays for the iPhone X, 8, and 8 Plus all came away unscathed, and the iPhone X did well on scratch tests and water resistance tests….

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This is how much your iPhone costs Apple to actually make….

…from Bloomberg Business….

Apple Inc.’s latest smartphones, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, have more expensive parts, but the company will still make significant profits because it raised prices for the devices, according to research firm IHS Markit.

 A base model iPhone 8 with a 4.7-inch screen and 64 gigabytes of storage includes material costs of $247.51, up from $237.94 for the 32 gigabyte base model iPhone 7 from last year, an analysis by IHS found.

However, the new device costs $699, while the previous year’s iPhone started at $649 for the 32 gigabyte version. That means the iPhone 8 bill of materials equals about 35 percent of the sales price — about the same as last year. That excludes other costs, including manufacturing, software and research and development.

“The added value went to memory, camera, and processing. That’s where we can materially identify where they’ve improved the overall product, and hence why they can command a higher price for it,” according to Wayne Lam, an analyst at IHS.

“The iPhone 8 represents an evolutionary upgrade to the tried-and-true iPhone business formula,” he added. “We anticipated very little changes inside the devices, so the bulk of changes will come with the iPhone X.”

The Apple iPhone 8.

Photographer: Giulia Marchi/Bloomberg

The iPhone X, Apple’s tenth anniversary phone, is a more-advanced device that’s expected to be in strong demand when it hits stores in November. The iPhone business represents about two-thirds of Apple’s revenue, and the product’s unit sales, margins, and average sales price are critical to the company’s results. Analysts estimate Apple’s gross margin across all its businesses will be about 38 percent in coming quarters, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

The story is similar with the iPhone 8 Plus. Its components cost $288.08, including a new camera system that costs $32.50. That’s up from $270.88 in the iPhone 7 Plus, IHS estimated. The new version starts at $799, compared with $769 for last year’s model…..

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Apple Must Replace Danish Man’s iPhone With New Rather Than Refurbished Model

…from Mac Rumors…. 

A court in Denmark today ruled Apple must replace a Danish man’s iPhone with a new model rather than a refurbished model in accordance with local law.

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(Image: The Sydney Morning Herald)

A trio of judges found Apple was not entitled to replace David Lysgaard’s iPhone 4 with a refurbished model since it may contain recycled parts, which could result in a lower resale value and went against his “legitimate expectation” of receiving a brand new iPhone equivalent to his original purchase.

By providing Lysgaard with a refurbished iPhone, rather than an equivalent new model, the court found Apple to have violated the Danish Sale of Goods Act. The judges upheld an earlier decision reached by Denmark’s Consumer Complaints Board, which also said the replacement should be a new, not refurbished, model.

Apple disagreed with the Consumer Complaints Board’s decision in 2014 and sued Lysgaard, arguing that refurbished iPhones are produced and tested in the same way as new iPhones. Apple also said refurbished iPhones undergo rigorous tests and strict quality control. Apple can now appeal the judgment with a higher court.

Earlier this year, a Dutch court similarly ordered Apple to replace a woman’s iPhone 6 Plus with a new model, not a refurbished one…..

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Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone is coming….

For those of you who want to keep a smaller iPhone….

Apple is on the way to develivering the amrket a new and improved version….

KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a research note to investors, a copy of which was obtained by MacRumors, in which he claims Apple’s next-generation 4-inch iPhone will feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, as opposed to an 8-megapixel sensor as previously rumored.

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Kuo also reiterated that the new 4-inch iPhone will have other similar hardware specs as the iPhone 6s, including an A9 chip and NFC for Apple Pay. The device’s form factor is expected to be similar to the iPhone 5s, although the display is said to have slightly curved 2.5D glass like the iPhone 6 and newer.

Apple’s new 4-inch iPhone could also feature 16GB and 64GB storage capacities, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, Live Photos support, and a slightly larger 1,642 mAh battery compared to the iPhone 5s. 3D Touch will likely remain exclusive to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus as a differentiating feature.

The well-informed analyst continues to believe the smartphone will cost between $400 and $500 in the United States. The lower price point should help Apple target the mid- to low-price segment and drive iPhone sales in emerging markets such as China and India. Comparatively, the larger iPhone 6s starts at $649….

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