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Amid the launch of Galaxy Fold, smartphone giant Samsung has initiated the process of discussion with companies like Apple and Google to supply them with foldable displays, according to Korean media ETNews, who cited sources from the supply chain. It suggests that the displays to be measured at 7.2-inches in size, which is 0.1 inches smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

According to the industry on the 27th, Samsung Display made a set of foldable display and delivered it to Apple. This set, which is actually powered like a smartphone, has a 7.2-inch size foldable panel. 7.2 inches is 0.1 inches smaller than the Samsung Folder 'Galaxy Fold'.
Currently. Samsung manufacturers and provides the OLED screens to Apple. If this report is true, then it implies that the South Korea based tech-giant doesn't intend to keep foldable technology to itself and is instead working to dominate as a supplier for the technology. At this moment, Samsung is said to able to produce 2.4 million units a year and expect to move up to 10 million units at some point.

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Phone Arena has Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, Galaxy S10+ benchmark results, they tested the one with Exynos 9 9820 chip, which means that the results may be slightly lower than the one with Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, however, the two models should have essentially identical performance.

They have used benchmark software including Anntutu for test System, Geekbench 4 for test CPU, GFXBench for Test Graphics and JetStream for test Web Page Load. They also compared Galaxy S10+ to other smartphones, which includes iPhone XS, LG V40 ThinQ, as well as the OnePlus 6T.

The results show that the S10 saw a big boost compared to S9 and Note 9, and is undoubtedly the most powerful smartphone in the Android camp right now, thanks to the new-generation chipset and faster memory chips that greatly improved the overall system performance. But, it still lags behind the iPhone XS.

As expected, Samsung today unveiled its Galaxy smartphones series at its "Unpacked" event in San Francisco, California, in which it announced the Galaxy Fold, "a powerful smartphone and a revolutionary tablet all in one, a device that "defies category", while the company also announced its Galaxy S10 devices, including the S10, S10+, S10 5G, and S10e.

To begin, the event's biggest highlight, Galaxy Fold, that has a 4.6-inch display when it folds, when it opened up, it has a 7.3-inch display that's tablet sized. It comes in four colors, black, silver, green, and blue.  Galaxy Fold can display up to three apps on one screen, and you can seamlessly switch between them.

Fold has 6 cameras, 3 on the back, 2 on the front, and 1 on the side, making it easy for the user to call the camera in any pose. In terms of hardware, Fold sports the Snapdragon 855 processor with a 12+512GB storage. Samsung says that Galaxy Fold will hit the market in April this year, priced for a whopping 1980 dollars

For the Samsung S10 series, it has three models, S10e, S10 and S10+, which are suitable for the low-end, mid-end, and high-end markets. In addition to the regular versions, Samsung also previewed the S10 5G model at the event, which is Samsung's 5G smartphone. 

The screen material is replaced with a Dynamic AMOLED material that is more advantageous in Blu-ray filtering and color display and introduced hole punch cutout that contains selfie cameras in it. For the first time, it added ultrasonic fingerprint scanner for biometric security. Meanwhile, both S10 and S10+ use triple-lens rear camera system, the S10e, however, continue to ship with dual-lens.

Hardware configuration wise, the S10 comes with the Snapdragon 855 processor and 8GB of RAM. The battery capacity is also improved compared to the previous generation, in which the S10 has a built-in 3400mAh battery, the S10+ has a built-in 4100mAh battery, the S10e has a built-in 3100mAh battery, and it supports Wireless PowerShare that lets a Samsung smartphone wirelessly charge another device.

The S10 5G, on the other hand, has a 6.7-inch QHD+ screen, it packs with the Snapdragon 855/Samsung Exynos 8920 processor, 8G RAM+256GB ROM, and the smartphone has a total of six cameras, adding a ToF camera before and after the S10. Battery capacity 4500 mAh, support 25W fast charge, compatible with PD3.0 fast charge standard.

On the network side, the S10 5G model supports 5G networks (including millimeter wave and sub-6GHz) and also supports WiFi 6 technology. It will be available in the spring of 2019. In terms of price, the S10 series is priced at $749, $899, and $999 dollars respectively, while the price info of the 5G version remains unknown.

Samsung has begun mass production of 1TB eUFS (embedded universal flash storage) flash storage chips, it uses Samsung's fifth-generation V-NAND technology. It has been a hot topic for users that iPhones don’t include the microSD card slot to include double the storage. However, with a 1TB flash storage chip, there’s no need for a memory card, as the iPhone can reach the laptop-level storage.

In addition, to have higher capacity, eUFS technology is faster than the standard SSD and microSD memory cards, with a continuous read speed of 1000Mbps and a random read speed of 58000 IOPS. Even more impressive, the 1TB flash storage chip size is the same as the current 512GB one.

Samsung also claims that with 1TB storage, it will let you store 260 10-minute videos in 4K UHD (3840x2160) format. For comparison, the 64GB eUFS widely used in many current high-end smartphones is only capable of storing 13 videos of the same size.

As a leader in NAND flash solutions, Samsung has been supplying flash storage chips to Apple since 2017. This also means that the 1TB eUFS chip will eventually appear on the iPhone, and push the price even further. The 2018 iPad Pro is available in a 1TB version, which is the highest capacity it ever offered in the current iOS device lineup.

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple hired a former Samsung battery executive as its new Global head of Battery Developments. Soonho Ahn, who was once served as SVP of Samsung SDI, a Samsung affiliate company that develops the lithium battery used in smartphones, joined Apple in December.

Considering that Apple has used Samsung batteries in the past and already makes its own A-series chip for iOS devices, plus rumors that the company is developing its own LTE chips and MicroLED display, Bloomberg believes that they take the step is to reduce its reliance on other suppliers as possible.
Apple has used batteries from Samsung SDI to power its own products in the past. The iPhone maker has been trying to reduce reliance on third-party components, and the notable battery technology hire suggests it may be doing the same for batteries. Apple has been working on its own MicroLED display technology for future devices, which would help wean itself off Samsung in other areas.
Perhaps Apple is planning to redesign its battery component to be not as too quick degraded over time. Among the most requested iPhone features, the longer lasting, a higher capacity battery is definitely on the list, so hopefully, this hire would provide some thoughts on how to further improve the battery.

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S10 series, which is on schedule to be announced on February 20th in the Unpacked event, will see a major overhaul when it comes to design. as it's said to feature the so-called hole-punch display, a front-panel cutout that’s literally just the camera, similar to the Notch on the iPhone XS.

However, an early benchmark suggests that the Galaxy S10 + cannot keep up Apple's 2018 flagship, the iPhone XS in terms of performance, yet, it even worse than the previous year's iPhone X. (Via Slashleaks)

Slashleaks shared allegedly Galaxy S10 Geekbench screenshots, shows that the device configured with Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB memory, has a single-core score of 3,413 and a multi-core score of 10,256. In contrast, iPhone XS has a single-core score of 4,797, multi-score of 11,584. Somewhat surprisingly, even the iPhone X outperforms the S10, with a single-core score of 4243, and a multi-core score of 10,433. 

This is the advantage of Apple's self-developed chips and operating systems, even though the clock speed is lower than Snapdragon 855, fewer cores, and less memory, but the performance is far better than its competitors. Bear in mind, though, benchmarks don't represent the real world usage, just because it has higher scores, it does not mean that it open apps slower than iPhone XS or iPhone X.

Apple has surprisingly announced that Samsung's Smart TVs to support iTunes video content, AirPlay 2, Siri, and more. It's understood that feature will be coming to 2018-2019 Samsung Smart TVs through a software update, as Apple claims that AirPlay 2 will be available to other TV manufacturers.

Leading TV manufacturers are integrating AirPlay 2 directly into their TVs, so now you can effortlessly share or mirror almost anything from your iOS device or Mac directly to your AirPlay 2–enabled smart TV. You can even play music on the TV and sync it with other AirPlay 2–compatible speakers anywhere in your home.
Once the feature is enabled, users can view, buy and rent the entire iTunes movies and TV shows. At the same time, iOS users can stream their content to their Smart TV without the Apple TV. You can now easily play, pause, fast-forward, rewind, and adjust the volume on your TV as well, and even ask Siri to send a video to your devices.

Samsung has filed a lawsuit against its Russian brand ambassador for allegedly being caught in public using an iPhone X instead of Samsung smartphones, which she was not allowed to be seen using competing products in the public, a rule that set by the agreements, according to a report by The Mirror.

Ksenia Sobchak, Samsung’s Russia ambassador, who promoting their smartphones in the country, accuse of used an iPhone X during a television interview, even though she tried to hide it, shortly after the audience noticed, it has widespread discussion on social media. This resulting Samsung suing Sobchak $1.6 million for broken the rules.

Ms Sobchak has reportedly been seen on television, and at some of the hottest social events in the capital city of Moscow, using her iPhone. Her representatives have yet to comment on the story.

At present, both Samsung and Sobchak haven’t comment on the matter. It’s also unclear how much did the South Korean company paid to the granddaughter of Russia President Putin, but AppleInsider believes that Samsung is seeking more money than she was paid to endorse the brand.

Back in the day, when phablet first introduced, it was a joke because of its large screen, now look around the world's top smartphone manufacturers, including Apple, are competing with large-display phones to attract users. The iPhone XS Max already feels so huge as it equipped with a 6.5-inch screen, however, rumors suggest Samsung would launch the biggest "Note" series in the history next year.

According to a report from The Bell, Samsung Electronics has informed Samsung Display earlier this month that it has decided to use a 6.66-inch screen for the Galaxy Note 10. The South Korean firm has started a project called "Da Vinci" last month, and hopes it will be it will be completed in time for the unveiling of the Note 10 in August of 2019.

In contrast, Note 9 is measured at 6.4 inches, while the Galaxy S9+ is 6.2 inches, yet, the S10+ screen, which is said to be released in February next year, will be 6.44 inches, just a hair tinier than iPhone XS Max's 6.5-inch Super Retina OLED display, whereas the smallest iPhone you can buy has a 4.7-inch panel, that is, iPhone 7.

According to Ming-Chi Kuo, he predicts that Apple will continue to use this year's screen sizes on next year's iPhone models, meaning they will not increase the screen size. In this way, Samsung appears will lead again smartphone screen size competition in the years to come.

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Samsung has been creating several “anti-Apple” ads recently, such as laughing at loyal Apple fans in strange advertisements, one of which has a “notch” hairstyle, and now Samsung has launched the latest “Apple-bashing ad series, with this time a different strategy, giveaway 50 Samsung Galaxy S9 for free!

This time, Samsung set the stage in a small village in the Netherlands, named Appel. As expected, Appel means Apple in Dutch, clearly, the South Korean headquartered tech-giant once again taken on Apple in one of the most bizarre ways we have seen - sent the free Galaxy S9 to 50 of Appel's 312 residents, and got a good response from the residents.

"With our innovative products and services, we have been off the beaten track for years to make everyday life more fun and easy. With this marketing campaign, we do exactly the same. We are off the beaten track to get our message across. Our goal is to introduce as many people as possible to the possibilities of the Samsung Galaxy S9”, Gerben van Walt Meijer, marketing manager for Samsung Mobile, Netherlands, said why they did so.

This marketing stunt by Samsung, which obviously seizing on the similarity between the names of this village and its biggest competitor. Gratitude to the action, Samsung desires to inspire people to buy their products rather than the iPhones.

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Google Turns 20: Google, the biggest search engine in the world now turns 20 years old, the company was founded on September 4th, 1998 by Larry Page‎; ‎Sergey Brin. To celebrate this, Google launched its popular browser Chrome with a refreshed design, rounded tabs, a new color palette, and new icons, address bar combined with the search bar, and more!

Amazon now worth $1 Trillion: Believe or not, Amazon, the largest online retailer now has a market cap of $1 trillion, it's officially the second trillion dollar publicly traded company in the world, joins the trillion dollar club, as Apple has already surpassed that milestone since early of August.

Samsung to announce foldable phone this year: Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh announces that they plan to release a foldable smartphone this year, it would be called Galaxy X, since it will feature its own branding. The device is said to like a small tablet, but you can fold it and fit your pocket. The Korean- based tech giant aims to beat Apple in the development of foldable phones (Via CNBC).

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Earlier this week, Samsung released its new Galaxy Note 9 flagship smartphones. Today, a survey from PC Mag indicates that consumers are looking forward to Apple's next-generation iPhone rather than the already-released Note 9.

In this survey, a total of 1555 consumers have participated that asks which smartphone they are most excited for. Interestingly, 42% of consumers choose iPhone 9, iPhone 11, iPhone XI and iPhone SE 2, which are all the next generation iPhones. Only 24% of consumers said they are looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

Around 7% of consumers are looking forward to Google's Pixel 3, whereas 4% of them looking forward to LG V40  4%, and 2% of users can't wait for OnePlus 6T to come out. Another 6% of buyers are interested in smartphones from other brands, and finally, the last 11% say they don't plan to purchase any smartphones.

Of the users who are looking ahead of 76% are Samsung users, and 8% are iPhone users. Although the figure is little, this means that some iPhone users are switching to the Samsung camp this year.

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Samsung today officially released the latest flagship smartphone Galaxy Note 9, along with the new Galaxy Watch, the Wireless Charger Duo wireless charger, and the Galaxy Home smart speaker at an event that's held in New York, New York.

Firstly, the Galaxy Note 9 has a 6.4-inch 2960 x 1400 Super AMOLED screen that supports the latest S Pen stylus and is quite similar in design to the previous Note 8.

In terms of configuration, Note 9 is featured with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip with Water Carbon Cooling System for high-end apps and games, equipped with 6 ~ 8GB RAM, dual AKG speakers and 4000mAh battery. Like S9, the flagship model also uses a 12-megapixel dual camera system, as well as of an Intelligent Camera function for improved image quality.

The new S Pen stylus comes with Bluetooth support, which can be employed to control the camera of Note 9, such as self-timer, control video playback. Samsung has also created an SDK development framework that allows developers to incorporate the functionality of S Pen into their own apps, which will be available later this year.

Note 9 bundles with a USB-C port, a headphone jack, a front iris scanner, and a rear fingerprint scanner. The smartphone also supports the DeX system, which turns your smartphone into a desktop setup that supports both a mouse and a keyboard.

For the Note 9 entry model, which is priced at $1,000, that will get you a 128GB of storage and 6GB of storage. As for the high-end model, it will come in 8GB of storage and 512GB of storage for up to $1,300 of the price tag, Samsung now accepts pre-orders and will be available for sale on August 24.

In addition to Note 9, Samsung also released a new Galaxy Watch smartwatch with a round face that supports LTE data networks. It uses a Corning DX+ glass material, has better battery life than the previous generation, and is said to last a few days on a single charge. The South Korean headquartered company also launches a Bixby-enabled speaker and an AirPower alternative.

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Samsung today announced that it has completed functional testing and verification of the industry's first 10nm 8-gigabit LPDDR5 DRAM. LPDDR5 DRAM is specifically designed for AI applications that are equipped with 5G smartphones.

Samsung said that the prototype LPDDR5 DRAM boasts data rate of up to 6.5Gbps, 1.5 times faster than the LPDDR4X used in iPhone X and other flagship smartphones. At the same time, LPDDR5 DRAM supports all-new sleep mode and other features that can reduce power consumption by 30%, which will most likely help to extend the battery life of mobile devices.

Based on its industry-leading bandwidth and power efficiency, the LPDDR5 will be able to power AI and machine learning applications, and will be UHD-compatible for mobile devices worldwide.

Apple, on the other hand, will use Samsung's LPDDR5 DRAM in the future iPhones, which means further performance improvements and increased battery life is on the table. Samsung has said it will mass-produce the next generation of DRAM, however, the time has not yet been determined.

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Apple's latest high-end flagship smartphone, iPhone X, featured with 3D face recognition technology called Face ID, since it has been available on the market for six months, and the security and ease of use of it, some says that Apple should ditch the Touch ID completely. However, Apple itself does not seem to think so...

According to a report by Korean media Chosun, Apple is developing in-screen fingerprint reader that sets apart from other companies' sensor. Samsung, Apple, and Qualcomm are researching the "ultrasonic in-display fingerprint sensor", which is different from Chinese vendors Vivo, Huawei's optical in-screen fingerprint scanner.

To simply put, optical sensor reflected light to read the shape of a fingerprint and match it to the user's fingerprint to complete the recognition; ultrasonic, however, when the waves are emitted, so it catches small details of the skin. Therefore, in terms of security, because the ultrasonic scheme is three-dimensional, the security is higher, compared to the optical's flat surface.

Furthermore, when a user has oil stains and water stains on his hands, ultrasonic solutions can be properly identified, whereas the optical solutions would fail to work. So, in general, companies like Apple and Samsung are more willing to adopt a solution with high security and ease of use, even if it is more challenging.


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Samsung has released a new ad encouraging iPhone users to upgrade to the Galaxy S9, in this ad, the Korean smartphone maker poke fun at the performance throttling issue, and continue to mock iPhone X's notch design.

Called "Moving On", the ad campaign shows a woman holds an iPhone 6, and he tries to check her tickets at an AirPort and watch a move on her phone, but instead, the white screen appears on iPhone 6, which suggest the device is lagging badly. The person next to her was able to doing these actions smoothly.

After increasingly frustrated at her iPhone, the woman asked an Apple Store staff if her slow iPhone can be fixed, but the employee advises her that she can turn off Apple's performance management, at the risk of unexpected shutdowns. Surely it make the woman feel helpless, so she decided to switching to Samsung Galaxy S9.

I personally think this is stupidest ad ever made by Samsung, they should be ashamed to compare a 4 year-old iPhone 6 to its latest flagship device. On top of that, the one-minute clip has also a lot of hole on it, even the iPhone model was being throttled; it shouldn't be that slow.

According to Korean website ETNews' report, Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus will copy a new 3D emoji function that is sillmar to Animoji, like on the iPhone X, but it's "more advanced" than the feature. Customers will be able to choose from various of 3D characters, including animals, which mimic facial movements to tracked by the Galaxy S9's facial recognition sensors.

Samsung is expected to reveal the feature at its Mobile World Congress on February 25, when they are going to release Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus. From there, the Korean tech-giant is reportedly to enter for sale in mid-March for the flagships.

Much rumors about the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus said it will retain slim bezels along the top and bottom of the display for the front camera, microphone, and sensors. As 3D emoji will be powered by Samsung’s facial recognition technology, which will also bring “Intelligent Scan” face unlock to the device, but it will remain less secure than Face ID.

Furthermore, more details about the smartphones is including a near edge-to-edge Super AMOLED display, a new vertical dual camera design at the back of the phone, it's believed cameras will be the main focus for the new Galaxy S9 models. Samsung plans to offer its Galaxy S9 (5.8-inch) and S9+ (6.2-inch) in Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue.

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According to Taiwanese website DigiTimes, Apple to launch new products at a March event held at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple Park. The report said that the company to debut a new-generation iPhone (iPhone SE?), iPad and MacBook devices starting in March 2018.

Based on the rumors we heard recently, Apple could launch successor of iPhone SE -- SE 2, they could give the device a speed bump, like an A10 or even A11 chip, improved cameras, larger storage, better Touch ID sensor, remains Home button and headphone jack. But KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently cast some doubt on this possibility.

It's worth to note DigiTimes doesn't have a perfect track record. it have shared inaccurate information about both what is coming on Apple's roadmap, last year, they expected Apple to launch 10.5-inch iPad Pro at an April event that never transpired. But the Cupertino has unveils their products at March, so it's remain to be seen.

These makers have cutting-edge technologies or have newly tapped into the supply chains of Apple's consumer devices. Among them, SPT, which boasts pearl bright nickel processing technology, is ready to enjoy sizeable orders from Apple, which will incorporate the technology to process adapters for its new-generation iPhone, iPad and MacBook devices, slated for debut starting in March 2018.

In the meantime, one of the Apple's biggest rival - Samsung is said to unveiling its Galaxy S9 and S9+ at Mobile World Congress on February 25. Reports suggested the smartphones will continue to use the same general design as the Galaxy S8 devices. From pictures down below, we can tell that Samsung's invite poster hints the new phones improvements will be main foucued on cameras.

It's believed that the Galaxy S9 will feature a single 12MP camera with variable aperture from f/1.5 to f/2.4, while the S9+ will feature the same variable aperture 12MP camera paired with a second 12MP camera with a fixed aperture. And Samsung will continue uses fingerprint sensors on the back, with less secure iris scanning and facial recognition as an option to unlock the phone.

Samsung to offer its Galaxy S9 and S9+ in Midnight Black, Lilac Purple, Titanium Gray, and Coral Blue. The Samsung Galaxy S9 will measure in at 5.8 inches like the iPhone X, the S9+ will measure in at 6.2 inches. For more information on the two forthcoming flagship also iPhone X's main competitors, please visit Android Central.

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In February of this year, Bloomberg reported that Apple was seeking cooperation with BOE, China's largest display maker, to developing OLED screens. At that time, BOE didn't have significant OLED manufacturing capacity, but now according Korean ET News said BOE's OLED panel yield may be changing.

The Report says that BOE is gearing up creating Apple-exclusive foldable OLED displays production line, hoping to provide flexible, folding OLED panel. According to sources, which said BOE isn't only committed to the production of flexible OLED screen, but also to foldable OLED display, and plans in the future improving these two panels ratio to 50:50.

As right now, Samsung provide the OLED displays found in the iPhone X, which it can be classed as foldable given how they curve into the back of the phone. However, the firm could be disrupted if Apple either diversifies its OLED supply chain or abandons arch-rival Samsung altogether.

Speaking to foldable iPhone, according to Patently Apple, Apple has applied a patent for a foldable phone. By using advanced carbon nanotube structures to prevent corrosion in the foldable section of the display. We have reported that Apple may release foldable iPhone by 2020, the patent might prove the rumor.

USPTO published the patent on last Thursday, it pending invention covers an electronic device having a flexible portion that allows the device to be folded. The device may have a flexible display. The flexible display may have a bending region that allows the display to bend along a bend axis when the device is folded.

Interestingly it's the first patent by Apple that lists micro-LED as one of the main display types for a foldable iPhone. But given that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is still remains unknown at this point .

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According to Taiwanese market research firm TrendForce, Apple will dethrone Samsung as the world's largest smartphone maker in the fourth quarter of 2017, on the strength of strong iPhone X demand. Meanwhile, new shipment data from market analysts Canalys shows that the iPhone 7 was the world’s best-shipping smartphone in Q3, but not the iPhone 8.

TrendForce predicting Apple will record 19.1 percent market share in the quarter, and encompassing the holiday shopping season, which would be slightly ahead of Samsung's estimated 18.2 percent of market share. Chinese smartphone vendors Huawei, OPPO, and Xiaomi are expected to round off the top five.

Samsung is expected to slightly scale back the production of its high-end models in the fourth quarter as the brand is seeing the sales of its smartphones being squeezed by the strong demand for Apple's latest iPhone devices. TrendForce estimates that Samsung's fourth-quarter total volume will come to 77 million units, a 5% drop from the third quarter.

The fourth quarter has always been strongest for the company, given it launches new devices in the fall, allowing it to surpass Samsung in the year-ago quarter as well. Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were released back in April, it make sense that sales momentum is likely beginning to decline for those devices.

While Market research firm Canalys estimates iPhone 7 was the world’s best-shipping smartphone in Q3 2017, with 13.0 million units shipped. The iPhone 8 Plus outpaced the iPhone 8 last quarter with shipments of 6.3 million units and 5.4 million units respectively. Canalys said the iPhone 8 Plus is the first Plus-sized iPhone to out-ship its smaller 4.7-inch sibling in a single quarter.
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