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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.


According to OpenSignal's latest research report, Apple's 2018 iPhone XS line saw the most significant boost in 4G performance for the first time in many years. However, iPhones launched between 2015 and 2017 see no network speed improvement, this includes iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, and iPhone 8.


The study found that iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are nearly 26% faster than all iPhones released during 2015-2017. The agency tested iPhone models from multiple carriers in the United States from October 26 last year to January 24 this year. Interestingly, OpenSignal said in the report that the larger iPhone "Plus" models has a statistical draw with the smaller models rather than having better 4G speed.

In terms of speed, the iPhone XS Max performed best with a maximum download speed of 21.7 mbps; the iPhone XS ranked second with 20.5 mbps, and the iPhone XR was behind the iPhone X at 17.6 mbps and 18.5 mbps, mainly due to the former uses 2 x 2 MIMO technology instead of 4 x 4 MIMO.

Apple is known for slowly accept the latest cellular standards. For instance, when the original iPhone was released, it adopted 2G standard rather than the 3G that has gradually emerged. Also, it wasn't until 2012 that the iPhone 5 begins to support 4G networks. As for 5G, the company is expected to use the technology by 2020, whereas most Android vendors will begin release their 5G smartphone this year.

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According to Weibo user Laobanlianbo, insider from Apple supply chain said that because the iPhone sales in China is not optimistic currently, Apple will introduce the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in a new color - China Red for the Chinese market, in order to boost sales. It is expected to be available for purchase by the end of February, and the price will remain the same.
February 14th, according to Apple's internal factory broke the news, because the current iPhone sales in China is not optimistic, Apple will primary launch the iPhone XS and iPhone Max in a new color for the Chinese market - China Red, to boost sales. It is expected to be directly put on the shelves at the end of February, and the price will still start at 10,000 yuan.


As for why Apple choose to launch the Red iPhone XS/XS Max at end of this month, I myself believe that the new color scheme is not a huge update for the product. Plus we have heard Apple's next media event will take place on March 25th, which will bring some heavyweight products, therefore, it will be too overwhelming to announce the launch of China Red iPhone XS and XS Max at the event, instead, Apple could just introduce it via a press release later of this month.

Apple said in its holiday quarter earnings call that the poor sale of iPhone in China was the main reason for the company's quarterly revenues to fall short of expectations, so Apple certainly needs to launch an iPhone made specifically for the Chinese market to boost iPhone sales or lower iPhone prices, and that's where the iPhone XS China Red Edition could come in handy.

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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.

According to a report from the Japanese media Nikkei, Apple has asked its suppliers to cut production of the 2018 iPhone by 10% in the next three months. It is understood that Apple requested suppliers at the end of last month to reduce their iPhone production in the January-March quarter.



This is already the second time Apple has to cut iPhone production. The report pointed out that Apple made this decision before it announced last week that it would cut its revenue forecast for the first quarter of FY 2019. iPhone models that cut production include the latest iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR.

Various factors such as weak iPhone sales in the Chinese market, economic slowdown the ongoing trade war, and cheap battery replacement, Apple just recently lowered its revenue forecast for the first quarter of 2019 from US$89 billion in November last year to US$84 billion. With the cut in iPhone production, Apple's revenue in this year may also be affected.

Nevertheless, Apple CEO Tim Cook said on Wednesday that the report that the iPhone XR is a failed product and suffered from poor sales is not accurate, touting the device is the best-selling model every day since the launch. It's unclear who is telling the truth, though I would lean to Tim Cook, considering Nikkei is not as often as reliable.

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Following reports of iPhone XS and XR faces lower-than-expected sales, Nomura analyst Anne Lee said in a report today that the iPhone sales will continue to decline next year. She said that the look of the 2019 iPhones will not be changed, and the size is the same as this year's iPhone XS, XS Max and XR, but will add more AR features. (Via Barron)



Furthermore, Lee predicts that 2019 will be the last year that Apple will use the iPhone X design language, the company will redesign the iPhone for new technologies such as 5G and AR, but the new iPhone will not debut until 2020. Anne Lee forecast that iPhone sales will reach 204 million in FY 2019 and fall to only 200 million units in the following year.
“We think the three new iPhones in 2H19F will likely have the same form factors (body size and displays) as the 2H18 iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, with some added AR [augmented reality]-related features,” she wrote in a research report published Friday.
Meanwhile, Mixpanel data suggests that 2018 iPhone adoption is much slower compared to previous versions. However, the iPhone XR still outsold by iPhone XS and XS Max. Older iPhone models such as the iPhone X and iPhone 8 also saw a steady increase, with iPhone X has a adoption of 11.84%, as iPhone XS Max has 2.91%.

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Not long ago, a number of Apple suppliers have lowered their sales expectations, which means that the sale performance of the new iPhone does not seem to be as expected. Today, news from the Wall Street Journal said that Apple continues to cut orders, with time time including the iPhone XS and XS Max, a claim made by the people who familiar with the matter.

Due to the slower growth of the overall global smartphone market and the low demand in the Chinese market, Apple seems unable to predict the how much they will sold with these three new iPhones, it is said that report of iPhone orders being cutted also frustrating several of its suppliers. however, they also make products competitors, so it doesn't necessarily means it's Apple's fault.



At the moment, it is unclear how the iPhone sales are lower than expected for Apple. Though the sales of the new iPhone are lower than expected, the old iPhones like the X, 8 Plus, and even the 7 remains very popular, plus that Apple's Service business is also very successful.

Earlier this month, reports that claimed the iPhone XR orders were cut by a third, while iPhone XS and XS Max orders were cut in small amounts, which led to a 5% drop in Apple stock AAPL, but also lost the Trillion-dollar market cap crown and $100B in stock value.

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According to data provided by market research firm Kantar Worldpanel, strong sales of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max at the end of the third quarter helped Apple gained a share growth in the US, Australia and China smartphone markets.


Early sales of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models in the US are decent, which is good news for Apple, coupled with continued strong growth of iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. At the same time, the iPhone 8 is the best-selling iPhone in the US this quarter, accounting for 9.4% of the smartphone market. With the release of the iPhone XR, Kantar expects Apple's market share to rise further at the end of the year.

Apple's growth rate in Australia is 3.8%, while in China is 1.3%. However, the iPhone's share in the European market fell by 1.6%, with a growth of only 0.5% in Germany and a 4.1% decline in Spain. According to Kantar Worldpanel, this is related to fierce competition from Chinese brands, especially Huawei and Xiaomi.

It is worth mentioning that although Chinese brands have weakened Apple's market share, according to Kantar Worldpanel, brands such as Sony and LG are the most affected. In addition, due to the delay in the launch of the iPhone XR, so it's not included in the list, instead, its impact will be reflected in the next quarter's data.

However, a report from Nikkei suggest the sales of iPhone XR doesn't look good at all, in fact, Apple has canceled additional production plan due to the "disappointing demand". Still, this needs to be taken grant of salt, as they don't have good track records in recent years.

The launch of the new smartphones always can't escape the fate of being dropped via drop tests, and according to the latest test results of SquareTrade, a well-known warranty provider, Apple's low-priced iPhone XR is as breakable as the high-end iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.


Test results show that, like the OLED iPhone XS with a glass body, the iPhone XR's LCD display with aluminum frame glass back panel are severely damaged when dropped on a hard surface. In the "face-down" drop test, the iPhone XR's LCD display breaks after the first fall, as it was the case when iPhone XS screen cracks during the previous drop test.

However, The iPhone XR successfully passed the bending test and beat the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, which is comparable to the 6.5-inch iPhone XS Max. The iPhone XR bent under 260 pounds of pressure, but it doesn't break. It still works like the iPhone XS Max, whereas the iPhone XS got damaged under 250 pounds of pressure.

The iPhone XR's LCD screen has similar durability to the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max OLED screens. Jason Siciliano, global creative director of SquareTrade: "Our tests show that across the board - with both LCD and OLED screens - the all-glass designs of all three new iPhones are susceptible to cracking from drops, which is the most common cause of damage".

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According to market analyst firm CIRP, early sales of the iPhone XS series were pretty strong, both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can be said to be equally divided. Specifically, CIRP found that the 10-day sales of the new iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max accounted for 8% of iPhone sales in September in the United States.


The iPhone XS family has a combined market share of 16%, which means that iPhone XS sales will surpass the entire quarterly sales of all iPhone models last year. In contrast, last year, iPhone X accounted for 14% of total iPhone sales during the launch season, while iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were more popular, accounting for 16% and 17% of total sales, respectively.

The iPhone launch quarter is always tricky to understand, and this one is trickier than others” said Josh Lowitz, CIRP Partner and Co-Founder. “This year, Apple launched iPhone XS and XS Max, the two most-expensive models, at the end of the quarter. Last year, Apple launched the more-expensive iPhone X in the following quarter. So, during the quarter ending September 29, 2018, Apple had an unprecedented ten models to track."

However, CIRP said that the new iPhone will push Apple's average selling price in the US market to an unprecedented level. They actually used a slightly different measure, in the September 2018 season, CIRP estimated the price of the iPhone XS was $796, that is up from the $751 in the June 2018 season and higher than the $705 in the September 2017 season.

Apple's new iPhone XS and XS Max already went sales on more than dozens of countries as of now, however, the company is plan to make the smartphone available in 30 more countries and territories on Friday, October 26 and Friday, November 2.


Specifically, for countries like Chile, Colombia, Malaysia, and Thailand, they can pre-order the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max on Friday, October 19, and to officially launches on October 26. As for other nations, Apple says these models will be available in more than 10 additional countries including South Korea on Friday, November 2.

Just a reminder, iPhone XR pre-orders window opens this Friday in more than 50 countries, & 13 more afterwards, with in-store pickup and delivery beginning October 26th. A good news is if you’re in the iPhone Upgrade Program, you can register for pre-approval, which allows you directly go through the checkout process via Apple Store app (Recommend)

Here are the countries that will accept iPhone XR pre-orders: Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

Are you plan to pre-order the iPhone XR, let us know in the comment section below!

As 2018 iPhones already on sales, analysts have begun to turn their attention to the iPhone in 2019. Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in a new research report on Monday that 2018 iPhones will have the same dust and water resistance rating as the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, while the iPhone XR still use the IP67 water resistance level.


In the report, Kuo points out that the dust resistance and water resistance level of the iPhone series will continue to be IP68 in 2019, without adding extra protection, but it will not be reduced. The report didn't provide additional info on the 2019 iPhones, reports the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News.

Compared to the iPhone X in 2017, Apple has made some water resistance upgrades on the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, including the improvements of dust and water resistance level, from last year's IP67 to this year's IP68, which means the iPhone XS can guarantee protection in water up to 1.5m deep for like 30 minutes.

We can also expect iPhones in 2019 will be capable of support 5G network, that's 20 times faster than the 4G. Reports also suggest these devices be featured with an A13 chip, better Face ID sensors, etc. They should launch in the fall of next year.

Update: The analyst from TF International, now says that the 2019 iPhone lineup will still adopt the same layout as this year's models, two OLED 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch versions, and a 6.1-inch LCD model. While he predicts that iPhone XR will see better-than-expected sales over two other high-end flagship smartphones from Apple.

The iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are the second generations of iPhones uses OLED displays, follows iPhone X that's released in 2017, though Apple did not use OLEDs on the iPhone XR, instead, the devices adopted a 6.1-inch LCD display with a lower screen resolution than the iPhone XS, so is the OLED screen on the XS better for your eyes than LCD?


According to a study conducted by National Tsing Hua University, the iPhone XS Max's MPE value (Maximum Permissible Exposure) is 20% higher than the iPhone 7, MPE measures the time before a retina will become inflamed due to screen exposure. The iPhone 7 has a screen score of 288 seconds, while the iPhone XS Max scores 346 seconds, which means iPhone XS users can watch the screen for longer without hurting their eyes.

In terms of impact on sleep, the iPhone XS Max display is also one that's lower than the iPhone 7. The test found that iPhone XS Max was 20.1% Melatonin Suppression Sensitivity, while iPhone 7 hit by 24.6%, MSS is a measurement of the blue light emitted by the display, which would disturb the user's circadian rhythm.

All in all, the study shows that using OLED is more healthy than using LCD display. However, since the iPhone XR hasn't officially on sale yet, it's unclear if it's better than iPhone 7.

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It's the time of the year that when Apple launched new iPhones, there is always bugs popup, this year is no exception.  For example, the connection signal gate, beautygate, chargegate, and other issues, now a new gate has surfaced, we call it "speakergate".


As the name implies, it is a bug related to the speakers: an unknown number of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max users report that the speakers on their devices are not working properly. Users from Reddit, as well as from TwitterApple Support Communities says that Earpiece speakers of their iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will stop working while playing music.

Users are very pleasing that the iPhone XS use the Earpiece speaker and the bottom speaker to create a stereo effect. However, after a few days using the iPhone XS Max, the Earpiece speaker stops working. Restarting the device seems to solve this problem, but it won't take long for the problem to repeat itself.

Oddly enough, when you call someone the issue doesn't exist, that is, although it needs to wait for a while, the problem can be fixed by software update. We contacted Apple to ask the company's view on the matter. However, there has not been a response from Apple.

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Pipe Jeffery surveyed more than 700 iPhone users in the US, asking questions about which iPhone they would buy if they wanted to upgrade this year. 39% of respondents chose iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max, while the remaining 61% of respondents said they prefer the upcoming iPhone XR, iPhone 7 or the iPhone 8.


Their previous model claims only 35% of respondents would choose iPhone XS or iPhone XS Max. It should be noted that considering that the iPhone XR is not yet on the market, once the user who intends to compares the iPhone XS and XR, and then determine whether it worth to upgrade, so the proportion of users who choose iPhone XR may change.

Pipe Jeffrey analysts have raised the average selling price of the iPhone in FY 2019 from the previous estimate of $758 to $770. If the iPhone XR accounts large percent of sales, the average price will reach $780. Anyway, the number planning to buy one of this year’s models is good news for Apple after all.

Furthermore, it's believed that iPhone XS Max was three to four times more popular than the 5.8-inch iPhone XS, which make sense since many buyers want to have a bigger screen, and those who haven't upgraded for a while. Still, it would be better if Apple decided to release another small screen iPhone SE, the market isn't dead!

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Compared to last year's iPhone X, the two biggest improvements to this year's iPhone XS and XS Max are the new A12 Bionic Chip and the camera system. However, some users posted on the social media that the front camera of the iPhone XS and XS Max has an auto beauty function - apply unwanted skin smoothing and cannot be turned off.


According users, the iPhone XS' front camera have made big change in skin smoothing, some calls it the "beautygate." In fact, Lewis Hilsenteger, who runs Unbox Therapy YouTube channel even made a video about it. Fortunately, user Abdul Dremali reach out Apple, which they said it already knows this issue and is doing its best to fix it.

As for a reason, assuming is likely related to the Intelligent photo processing in A12 chip as a major selling point. It joins a custom image signal processor with the A12 chip's Neural Engine to enhance photos both before and after it was taking. Anyway, the issue would be easily solved with a software update, which Apple may release in the sooner future.

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A new report from DigiTimes said that the extremely high price set of Apple's new iPhone XS series may cause the demand of this latest flagship to slow down in end of 2018, as the initial fanfares of this new product have begun to fade away. This is particularly true for the iPhone XS Max, which is priced at $1,449 for the 512GB version.


Interestingly, several people predicted that iPhone X would also sell poorly on the market because of the high pricing strategies it adopted, but it turns out pretty strong. Still, by 2018, there are still many people who are not optimistic about the approach.

Cited sources from the iPhone supply chain, the report noted that Apple would significantly reduce orders in case the sales begin to go downhill. Plus, the similar situations have occurred when the company selling iPhone 6s and iPhone 7.

Sources explained that one of the important indicators is that the initial sales of iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are not as strong as the previous iPhone 6, consumers have apparently avoided the expansiveness of iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XS's "S-level" upgrade did not make most consumers motivated to purchase it.

One of the major indicators was that the first wave of the sales of the iPhone XS and XS Max was not as enthusiastic as that of the previous iPhone 6 generation, as consumers have apparently shunned away the iPhone XS Max for its extremely higher price and also the iPhone XS for a lack of specification upgrades, said the sources.

However, Apple's "final ace" is likely to be the iPhone XR. Reports said that Apple is modifying the balance of total iPhone orders in December, and iPhone XR will account for more than 50% of total iPhone orders. The iPhone XR is a lower-priced model and is likely to be Apple's best-selling iPhone this year.

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In the newly released iOS 12.1 beta 1, Apple rolled out the eSIM feature for iPhone XS and XS Max. eSIM, aka electronic SIM card, which can bring Dual-SIM functionality support for iPhones. Apple mentions in its Support Page that iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max can activate the so-called Dual-SIM via a physical nano-SIM card and an eSIM.


With eSIM, which allows you to eliminate the need for a physical nano-SIM Cards, you can have two phone numbers provided by the carrier. There are many ways to use the dual-SIM, such as one for the work phone and the other for the personal phone; when leaving the country, add a local Data package; voicemails, using data, by employing different numbers.

Even your iPhone has a Dual-SIM feature, but you can only use one cellular data network at a time. In other words, if a number is on a call, a call to the other number will directly go to voicemail. However, you must activate both networks, and the Control Center will then show two cellular signals.

By the time when Apple released iOS 12.1, all iPhone XS and XS Max users are able to take the advantages of the Dual-SIM by going to Settings - Cellular - Add Cellular Plan, from there, enter the pieces of information and enjoying the convenience of having two phone numbers.

iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max have been on the market for a few days, and some users are beginning to reflect that the poor connection performance of Wi-Fi and cellular networks on these devices. However, some tested iPhone XS and XS Max, and found that it's actually performing well in terms of networking performance


Complains about poor networking mainly come from Apple Support Communities, Reddit forum, etc. Users report that they are experiencing connectivity problems with Wi-Fi and LTE on the two new iPhones. The issues are not limited to a certain operator or a certain region, and some people speculate that this may be a software flaw in iOS 12.

Of course, there may be few hardware defects in some models, but it's still too early to draw conclusions. After all, there are not many affected users (At least from current situations). The new iPhone should have a big boost since Apple added an antenna at the bottom of the smartphone to increase the wireless speeds and connectivity.

Nevertheless, a Macworld report tells a different story, they tested both iPhone XS and XS Max networking performance, and results show that Wi-Fi download speed only a little faster, but upload speed is improved over 45 percent. For instance, iPhone X T-Mobile received a download speed of 18.34 Mbps and an upload speed of 1.28, whereas iPhone XS T-Mobile gets 23.15 Mbps in download speed and 3.60 Mbps in upload speed.

What results you will see depends on where you are. Users should get better connectivity in any situation. If your region can support new technologies and frequencies, you will see a huge increase in cellular and WiFi speed for iPhone XS.

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Tianfeng International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo out with a new report focus on the latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max sales analysis, in which he found that XS Max demand was better than expected, as well as the Apple Watch Series 4.


So, users more prefer the 6.5-inch version than the 5.8-inch version, Gold and Space Gray were more popular than Silver, 256GB is also the most popular model, since 512GB currently face stock shortage. Looking forward to 4Q18, Kuo believe that XS Max will grow steadily due to the demand from the Asian market and the holiday season. 

We have determined that the demand for XS Max is better than expected (3–4 times that of XS). The gold and space-grey colors are significantly more popular than the silver. 256GB is the most popular, and 512GB is subject to a serious shortage because only Samsung can currently ship NAND Flash well. We are positive that XS Max shipments will grow steadily in 4Q18 thanks to demand from Asia market and the gift season.

Apple Watch Series 4 demand is much better than expected, because of that, the supplies likely to have some sort tight until the secondary supplier Compal joins Quanta begins mass production starting from November to fulfill the high demand. "We have increased the Apple Watch shipment forecast in 2018 from 18mn to 18.5–19.5mn units," says Kuo on the sales.

Lastly, the analyst stay positive that the iPhone XR will sell like a hot cake, more customers upgrading to that model than the iPhone 8 series spurred last year. Plus, he assumes Apple to fix the display issue next month before the pre-order starts October 19th.
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