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A Chinese tech blog bucked the iPhone rumor trend today by claiming it had received insider information from the Apple supply chain that Apple will release two iPhone models this year rather than the expected three. 

Micgadget.com posted the rumor in the early hours of Tuesday, citing "some [of] our friends from Foxconn" who apparently "confirmed" that Hon Hai had received an order for two models, corresponding to two versions of Apple's radically redesigned OLED iPhone, the so-called "iPhone 8". 

Questionable Rumor Claims Apple Will Debut Two iPhones This Year, Not Three
Rumors say that Apple will release two iPhone 7S and one iPhone 8 (or iPhone Edition) models. Today we can tell you, that it's not true. This fall we can see only two models with new technology. Very interesting that rumors leaked new iPhone 8 and big iPhone 8 Plus will have similar dual cameras.

It's highly unusual for a supply chain rumor to go against the prevailing assumption this late into the iPhone cycle, and Micgadget.com has a mixed history of releasing information on Apple's plans. The site has also been pushing the idea that Apple will release an additional "iPhone 8 Plus" since at least February with little evidence to back up the claim, so we're covering this rumor merely to highlight our current doubts regarding its veracity. 

For some time now, analyst expectations and supply chain hints have indicated that Apple will break away from its annual tradition of launching two models of iPhone and will instead reveal a radically overhauled smartphone in addition to its usual "S" refresh model updates. 

The rumor trail began all the way back in March of 2016, when noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo laid out his expectations that Apple would launch 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch LCD iPhones alongside a standout "premium" OLED model, because of supply constraints on AMOLED technology. Multiple reports have since corroborated this scenario, with Apple said to be aiming for a more complete transition to Samsung-made OLED displays in 2018 when supplies become more available. 

Indeed, it's possible Micgadget.com is misinterpreting information from its purported Foxconn source for precisely this reason. Multiple reports suggest Apple will debut its redesigned OLED iPhone in September, but it could still face severe supply shortages until perhaps as late as October or November. Therefore, while orders for Apple's two LCD-based iPhones may have been cemented in good time for the usual August-September ramp-up in production, orders for an "iPhone 8" at the supply chain level may have still not been pegged down. 

Apart from an edge-to-edge OLED display in a typical-sized 4.7-inch casing, the "iPhone 8" is expected to include wireless charging, no physical Home button, and perhaps 3D facial recognition and/or iris scanning. In addition, rumors suggest that Touch ID could be embedded in or under a True Tone display, or could possibly be relocated to the rear of the device if Apple can't perfect the under-screen technology in time.

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Chinese Smartphone Makers Are Catching Up With Apple

Of the 3 billion people in the world who actively use smartphones and tablets in the world today, more than a third are using a product made by Apple. That won’t come as a huge surprise to most, but what’s intriguing about the future is how the top five Chinese smartphone vendors by active users are catching up.

 

In aggregate, they make up 30.2% of actively used mobile devices in the world today, versus Apple’s 34.8%, according to a fourth quarter report on the global mobile industry from market intelligence firm Newzoo.

The China growth story is happening in apps too. China has already overtaken the U.S. (as of 2015) in how much money its consumers spend on apps. In 2016, Chinese consumers spent $11.9 billion on apps, versus $9.4 billion in the U.S. and that number will probably continue to diverge as, Newzoo says.

 

According to its research, five smartphone makers from China are among the top 10 vendors by active users globally. They include Huawei at number 3 with 5.4% of global market share, Xiaomi with its Mi series of smartphone and tablets, Lenovo, Oppo and Vivo.

Samsung is in second place globally with 23.5% of global active mobile users.

Newzoo’s report, which was released in late 2016 but highlighted by chart-maker Statista on Wednesday, said that by the end of last year some 31% of the globe population would be active smartphone users.

 

Nearly half of those users, or 49%, are in Asia Pacific. The lowest smartphone penetration is in the Middle East and Africa, where just 19% of the population actively use smartphones.

 

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HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

Known as the HTC Ocean since rumors began, the HTC U 11 appears to be the final name for the device, which has been given an official announcement date by the company. It’s also teasing a very unusual feature; one that may have you squeezing the phone more than usual! Here’s everything we know about the HTC U 11, or HTC Ocean as it was previously known, so far.

 

Release date

Rumors about the phone have been swirling for months, but now we have the official announcement date for the HTC U 11, which was confirmed to be the final name for the HTC Ocean, as per a new report from Venturebeat. The “U” indicates the family of phones the newest handset will join (the U Ultra and the U Play), whereas the “11” denotes that the phone succeeds the HTC 10, the company’s last flagship phone released in 2016.

 

HTC has started distributing invitations for a launch event that will take place on May 16, and it’s not being very subtle about the phone it will introduce. The invite shows a large, stylized letter U in the center, with the tag line “Squeeze for the brilliant.” Yes, really.



 

HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

The squeezing part of the teaser links to rumors the phone will have pressure sensitive pads in its sides, for activating certain features. Additionally, HTC also tweeted a short video showing a glimpse of the phone, and hinting at this squeezable functionality. 

HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

HTC’s event will be held at 2 p.m. in Taipei, Taiwan, which means it will be an early start for anyone in New York, where that time converts to 2 a.m., and in London, where it’s 7 a.m.

Design.

Our first supposed image of HTC’s new flagship comes courtesy of well-known Twitter leaker Evan Blass. The device shown unsurprisingly mimics the recently revealed HTC U Ultra, with a glossy backside, center-mounted camera, and minimal bezels to the left and right of the screen.



 

HTC Ocean/HTC U 11: leaks, news, and rumors

It’s also very evocative of the jet black iPhone 7. Those chunky bezels at the top and bottom are a dead ringer for Apple’s device, and are rather dated in light of recent output from companies like LG, Samsung, and Xiaomi, which have all been attempting to cut down on unused surface space as much as possible.

 

Naming: Is HTC Ocean really the HTC U 11?

The HTC Ocean is going to be called the HTC U 11 when it’s released. It will be the third device in the HTC U series — following the HTC U Play and HTC U Ultra — and the U name has been used in HTC’s teaser material for the phone’s May 16 launch. And because it’s part of the U family, the phone will feature the line’s signature vibrant color, and customers will be able to choose among white, black, blue, red, and silver.

Previous rumors, from Taiwanese news outlet ePrice, suggested the Ocean was a series of three phones, called “Master,” “Note,” and “Smart,” which backs a previous leak from Twitter user LlabTooFer. Presumably, the “Note” will have a larger display, the “Master” will offer higher specs, and the “Smart” will be the base model. The Note will offer storage options of 64GB and 128GB, ePrice says, but that’s all we know about the phone’s specs.

 

Software

 

HTC appears to be planning a number of additional software features atop Android 7.1 Nougat to enhance the camera and audio experience on the U/Ocean, according to pre-release materials obtained by Android Headlines. First and foremost is an HDR+ mode touting real-time scene detection, which would reportedly show HDR processing through the viewfinder before snapping a picture.

 

The leak also mentions two audio recording methods that use the phone’s four microphones in different ways. The 3D Audio option attempts to create a surround sound effect, while another Hi-Res setting is geared toward capturing lossless audio. Like other HTC devices, BoomSound should aid in playback from the Ocean’s double front-facing speakers. There’s also USonic, software that will supposedly allow users to develop a custom listening profile when using headphones that is tuned specifically for their ears.

 

Android Headlines has also reported the phone will release in tandem with HTC’s new SenseLink desktop software, which sports some basic connectivity features like notification viewing and read-it-later functionality, as well as the ability to easily move content between the device and a PC.

 

Specs

So what kind of specs should we expect from the phone? According to an article from VentureBeat, the device will be powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. The device will also sport a 2560 x 1440-pixel display, and will have a 16-megapixel Sony IMX351 camera on the back coupled with a 12-megapixel Sony IMX362 camera on the front.

 

Android Headlines corroborates the processor and display reports, while adding information on the storage, RAM, and battery. It could launch in two variations: One with 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM, and another with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. According to the preview materials, the phone will ship with a 3,000mAh battery featuring support for Quick Charge 3.0.

 

New input methods, secondary displays, and other quirks

When we saw the concept design of what was then called the HTC Ocean, many assumed that the touch-sensitive frame would remain just that: a concept. Now, however, it seems as though that frame has become a very important part of the phone, according to known leaker Evan Blass in an article from VentureBeat.

An HTC designer earlier posted a concept video highlighting some of the best features of the phone. In particular, the video shows off what appears to be a touch-sensitive frame, which would make it possible to control the phone’s software in a similar way to how the edge is used on Samsung’s Galaxy Note Edge series. A leak from Mobile01 suggests this feature is called “Edge Sense,” based on a series of screenshots of the phone’s settings menu.

Images of another phone, called the Ocean Master, have also previously leaked on Chinese social media network Weibo, showing what appears to be a phone with a glass frame like the Galaxy S7 and a second display similar to the LG V10 and V20.

That second display would be used for things like app shortcuts and notifications, exactly like the LG V20, but it’s possible that HTC would also have something special planned for the phone. In general, the phone looks very sleek, and marks a pretty radical design shift for the company, which has long stuck with an aluminum unibody design for its flagship phones.

 

The images have a date stamp of January 5, with the location being Las Vegas — so it seems as though HTC may have had them at January’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Xiaomi Mi 6 packs Snapdragon 835, dual-lens cameras, slick design for $365

Xiaomi’s long-awaited Mi 6 smartphone is here. A stunning, curvy body houses the most desirable processor out there at the moment: Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835, currently only found in the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Sony’s forthcoming Xperia XZ Premium. It’s cheaper than both these phones too, at around $365; but the same old Xiaomi problem still exists: You will have to import one to get it.

 

It’s a compact phone with a 5.15-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution screen. This is underneath a piece of curved glass, which extends round the back of the phone, and is matched to a stainless steel chassis. The design is an obvious evolution of the Xiaomi Mi 5, and retains the physical home button and fingerprint sensor below the display on the front. On the back there are now two camera lenses, elevating the Mi 6 to the same level as competing phones from Huawei, Honor, and LG.

 

The dual lenses both have 12-megapixels and operate in the same way as Apple and Huawei’s setup, allowing a 2x optical zoom and replicating the desirable bokeh blurred background effect. Xiaomi previously introduced dual-camera lenses on the Redmi Pro and the Mi 5s Plus, but neither work in exactly the same manner as the Mi 6. It’ll be interesting to see how it performs next to the Huawei P10, which has the feature down almost to perfection. Xiaomi’s rear camera also has four-axis optical image stabilization, and brings the beautification mode seen on the 8-megapixel selfie cam to the rear cam too.

 

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor powers the Mi 6, and it’s the first phone to offer the chip in China. It’s paired with 6GB of RAM and a choice of 64GB or128GB of internal storage space. A 3,350mAh battery provides the energy, plus there’s NFC, an under-glass fingerprint sensor, stereo speakers, highly capable 2×2 MU-MIMO Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, and basic splash resistance. Android will be installed with Xiaomi’s MIUI software over the top. What’s missing? A 3.5mm headphone jack, and if we’re being difficult about things, a bezel-less display.


 

Xiaomi Mi 6 packs Snapdragon 835, dual-lens cameras, slick design for $365

Xiaomi will make the Mi 6 in black, white, blue or a beautiful silver, plus a special ceramic edition with 18-karat gold camera trim, just like the limited edition Mi Mix. The ceramic Mi 6 will be the most expensive at the equivalent of $435 at today’s exchange rate, while the 128GB model in any other color will be around $420, and the 64GB Mi 6 will cost about $365. All will be available in China from April 28.

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Samsung has unveiled its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S8, at its "Unpacked 2017" event in New York.

Sporting an all-glass design, curved screen, digital home button and wireless charging, the Galaxy S8 is set to go head-to-head with Apple's iPhone 7 - and the iPhone 8 when it launches later this year.

Whether you bought a Galaxy Note 7 and were forced to return it due to overheating issues, or you've simply been holding out on an upgrade to see what Samsung has in store, the Galaxy S8 is unlikley to disappoint with its roster of high-end specs.

From its slim design and barely-there bezels to its eye-catching display and biometric security features, this is undoubtedly one of the best smartphones money can buy right now.

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and features of Samsung's new flagship smartphone

Here's what you need to know:

Design

The new device has an all-glass body, and is slim and long compared to most modern smartphones, designed to be held in one hand.

The Galaxy S8 comes in two sizes - the S8 with a 5.8-inch display, measuring 148.9 x 68.1 x8.0 mm, and the S8+ with a 6.2-inch display, measuring 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm.

The physical Home button has been removed, and replaced with a pressure-sensitive panel placed underneath the screen, so that the front of the device is a sheer pane of glass.

The fingerprint reader is now located on the back of the phone, next to the camera module, and is designed to be used with an index finger rather than a thumb. The phone also supports iris scanning for added security.

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and features of Samsung's new flagship smartphone

Despite rumours that Samsung was planning to follow Apple in ditching the headphone jack , the Galaxy S8 has retained this feature. The smartphone also comes with a pair of high-performance AKG by Harman headphones in the box.

Display

The reason for the Galaxy S8's unusual shape is its ultra-wide display, which has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9 rather than the conventional 16:9, and extremely narrow bezels around the edge of the screen.

Samsung describes the display as "Quad HD+", which is the same classification as the recently launched LG G6 , and translates to a screen resolution of 2960x1440 pixels.

It is also the world's first mobile device certified by the UHD Alliance as "Mobile HDR Premium", meaning it lets you see the vibrant colours and contrasts that filmmakers intended while watching your favourite shows.

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and features of Samsung's new flagship smartphone

eatures and specs

The Galaxy S8 features a 12-Megapixel "Dual Pixel" camera on the back, for improved low-light, zoom and anti-blur photos, and an 8-Megapixel selfie camera with smart autofocus on the front.

It has an IP68 rating, which means it is water resistant to a maximum depth of 1.5m for up to 30 minutes, and is protected from dust, dirt and sand without the need for extra caps or covers.

The Galaxy S8 boasts the industry's first 10nm chip, which Samsung claims enables heightened speed and efficiency. It also contains 6GB RAM and 64GB of in-built storage, expandable up to 256GB with a MicroSD card.

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and features of Samsung's new flagship smartphone

The smaller model has a 3,000 mAh battery, while the larger one has a 3,500 mAh battery. Both offer a choice of wired or wireless charging.

Software

Both devices run the latest version of Google's operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat .

This includes new productivity features such as multi-tasking, which allows two apps to run on-screen at the same time, so you can continue watching a video on YouTube while replying to an email.

The Galaxy S8 also comes with the Edge software, which allows you to add shortcuts to contacts and apps in a pull-out panel on the edge of the display, and enhanced security features.

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and features of Samsung's new flagship smartphone

As well as the fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S8 features an iris scanner and facial recognition software, so users can choose their preferred biometric authentication method.

Bixby personal assistant

Samsung's Galaxy S8 come with a new artificially intelligent personal assistant called Bixby .

Like Apple's Siri, Bixby responds to spoken commands, allowing users to control their phones with their voices alone.

However, Samsung claims that Bixby offers a "deeper experience" than other voice agents or assistants in the market.

Firstly, when using a Bixby-enabled application, Samsung's personal assistant can support almost every task that the application is capable of performing - so you don't have to remember which features work with voice command and which don't.

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and features of Samsung's new flagship smartphone

Secondly, you can call upon Bixby at any time and it will understand the current context and state of the application, allowing you to continue what you're doing without interruption.

The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a dedicated Bixby button on the side of the device, which you can press to call up the virtual assistant.

To begin with, only a subset of pre-installed applications will be Bixby-enabled, but this set will continue to expand over time.

Release date

The Samsung Galaxy S8 will launch in the UK and Europe on April 28.

It will be available in two colour variants - Midnight Black and Orchid Grey - with potential availability of a third colour, Arctic Silver, to be announced in due course.

Samsung Galaxy S8: UK release date, price, specs and features of Samsung's new flagship smartphone

UK pre-orders are open from March 29 until April 19 on Samsung.com/uk , and from select operators and retailers. Pre-order customers will receive their devices from 20 April, subject to stock availability.

Price

The Samsung Galaxy S8 costs £689 up-front, while the S8+ costs £779.

If you can't afford to splash out the full price of the Galaxy S8 all in one go, you can pay it off in monthly installments with a tariff contract from one of the major networks.

EE, Vodafone, O2, Tree, Carphone Warehouse and Virgin Media have all confirmed that they will be stocking the device. More information is available by clicking the link below.

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Published on April 20 2017

We've speculated that Samsung was holding back a two-camera setup on the Galaxy S8, so it can introduce the design on the upcoming Galaxy Note 8. And apparently, we're not alone.

Apart from the Note family's stylus, the dual camera mount on the Note 8's back could be the most significant design difference from the S8 and larger Galaxy S8 Plus, according to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. If true, that would make the Note 8 the first dual-camera Samsung phone.

With the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus making their way to buyers' hands this week to generally positive reviews, Samsung could be getting the home run it needs to extinguish any flames of mistrust left from the Galaxy Note 7 recall. (Claiming a large amount of preorders it seems like Samsung did just that.) However, CNET and others have pointed out some flaws that Samsung could fix in the Note 8, including jumping on the dual camera trend followed by Apple, LG and Huawei.

Specifically, the iPhone 7 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 6, LG G6, and Huawei P10 all boast two rear cameras, and the list goes on. The Note 8 could give Samsung the perfect opportunity to catch up to the cameras offered by its rivals. Otherwise a non-dual-camera premium phone may soon feel outdated.

What are the issues? The Galaxy S8 won't ship with the voice part of its Bixby AI assistant (but that should roll out to phone owners on April 21). And the awkward placement of the fingerprint sensor makes for inaccurate unlocking (the iris scanner doesn't work 100 percent of the time, either).

As for the Note 8 camera lenses, one is rumored to be a 12-megapixel wide angle camera, while the other a 13-megapixel telephoto sensor.

Keep in mind that the Galaxy S8 was also rumored to get dual-cameras, and since then alleged S8 Plus prototypes leaks show off a dual-camera setup. Even Samsung itself tweeted about dual-camera support in its Exynos 9 chip, but the company doesn't currently make any phones that could take advantage of this...yet

The Note 8 is also rumored to get a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ display, Snapdragon 835/Exynos 9 processors, and a rear-facing fingerprint sensor, according to KGI. If this ends up being true and Samsung keeps the fingerprint sensor on the back, let's at least hope that it doesn't result in smudges on those dual-cameras.

Samsung declined to comment.

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Spoilsport Samsung won’t let you remap the Galaxy S8’s Bixby button to other apps

One of the key differences between Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and its previous flagships is the inclusion of a hardware button on the side to invoke Bixby, the company’s new virtual assistant software.

Given that Bixby’s voice features won’t even work when the device launches, you’d be right to want to remap that button to launch other apps, like Google Assistant. That was possible for a bit, but it looks like Samsung is now locking down the button so you can’t reconfigure it.

That’s according to flar2, the developer behind Button Mapper, an app that lets you remap your phone’s hardware keys for various actions. According to XDA Developers, flar2 noted while updating his app that the Bixby button support no longer worked as Samsung’s latest system update for the S8 intercepts the button’s key events before it reaches the Accessibility Services.

As such, it can’t be accessed by third-party apps to enable actions other than what Samsung determines. The change was confirmed by a Samsung PR representative on Twitter.

With that, Samsung is likely to anger many an S8 customer. It’s understandable that the company will want people to use the dedicated hardware button to access Bixby, but forcing them to use it only for that feels desperate.

We’ve contacted Samsung to learn more and will update this post if there’s a response.

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Apple's supposed "biggest bottleneck" in preparing to mass produce the rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an edge-to-edge OLED display remains integrating Touch ID underneath the display glass, according to a research note from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri obtained by MacRumors. 

Apple is Struggling to Integrate Touch ID Under the iPhone 8's Display

Arcuri, citing his own "field work" within the supply chain, said the current yield of Apple's in-house AuthenTec-based fingerprint sensor solution is low, while noting that Apple seems unwilling to use an outside solution at this time. If Apple cannot resolve these yield issues, he sees three different scenarios: 

• Apple removes Touch ID from the 5.8-inch iPhone entirely and relies solely on facial/iris recognition. Arcuri said this is unlikely, as it's not secure enough, risky, and would potentially create issues with Apple Pay. 

• Apple puts Touch ID on the back of the 5.8-inch iPhone, but in a different place than the one on the Galaxy S8, which can be hard to reach. Arcuri said this would not be a user-friendly or optimal solution to say the least. 

• Apple delays production of the 5.8-inch iPhone, but still announces the device in early September alongside updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models.

Arcuri said Apple is aiming to finalize its fingerprint sensor specification by May, but if its in-house AuthenTec-based solution is not feasible due to yield issues, mass production of the tentatively named "iPhone 8" could be delayed until September, compared to its usual late July to August timeframe. 

Arcuri still expects Apple to announce the 5.8-inch iPhone alongside updated 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch models in September, but supplies may be extremely limited or unavailable whatsoever until later in the year. That timeline echoes recent predictions from Apple analyst Brian White and investment bank Barclays. 

It's also a scenario that has occurred with nearly every previous iPhone launch. Last year, the iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black was a highly popular model among customers, and shipping estimates for online orders quickly slipped to several weeks out. It wasn't until around November that it became more widely available. 

The device, which has also been called the iPhone X, iPhone Pro, or iPhone Edition, is expected to feature a new glass and stainless steel design, wireless charging, longer battery life, a new front-facing camera with 3D sensing capabilities, and improved water resistance. It also won't have a physical Home button. 

Touch ID-related yield issues may be the reason why 5.8-inch iPhone components and schematics have yet to leak from the supply chain. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus parts began to leak around March last year. 

Cowen and Company maintains an "outperform" rating for AAPL with a $155 price target.

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All three of Apple's rumored 2017 iPhone models will likely have 3GB of RAM, according to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. 

All Three 2017 iPhones Predicted to Have 3GB of RAM and Lightning Connectors With Faster Charging

An excerpt from Arcuri's late March research note, obtained by MacRumors:

In terms of memory/storage configuration, all three models will likely adopt 3GB RAM; the 4.7”/5.5” will likely have the same storage options as the current iPhone 7/7+ in 32/128/256GB while the 5.8” model looks to be only offered in two memory configurations: 64GB and 256GB. Finally, the 5.8” model will likely have extended battery life with two packs of batteries.

Arcuri's research contradicts Taiwanese research firm TrendForce, which recently said that only the next 5.5-inch iPhone and Apple's rumored 5.8-inch iPhone with an OLED display will have 3GB of RAM. TrendForce said the next 4.7-inch iPhone will continue to have 2GB of RAM like the iPhone 7. 

Apple already includes 3GB of RAM in the iPhone 7 Plus, so the 4.7-inch iPhone would be the only model with increased RAM. 

If the prediction is accurate, it's welcomed news for customers that plan on purchasing the next 4.7-inch iPhone, rather than spending upwards of $200 more on the so-called "iPhone 8" with an edge-to-edge OLED display. 

Increased RAM means an iPhone can store more data in memory. If you have dozens of tabs open in Safari on an older iPhone, for example, you may notice that some of the tabs refresh when you revisit them. But with increased RAM, the likelihood of Safari reloading a website you previously loaded is lower. 

All Three 2017 iPhones Predicted to Have 3GB of RAM and Lightning Connectors With Faster Charging

Arcuri also corroborated KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in saying that all three 2017 iPhone models will continue to have Lightning connectors with USB Type-C Power Delivery for faster charging. 

Cowen's research is based on his own checks of Apple's supply chain, so his prediction lends credence to the already-reliable Kuo. 

The Wall Street Journal previously said the "iPhone 8" will have "a USB-C port for the power cord and other peripheral devices instead of the company’s original Lightning connector." But the report did not provide any additional details, and it appears the Lightning connector will live on.

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Apple's iOS has dropped to its lowest share of the smartphone market in urban China since July 2014, according to new data collected and shared by Kantar Worldpanel. Today's report specifically details smartphone shares around the world for the three months ending in February 2017. In total, devices running iOS dropped 8.9 percentage points from the same year-ago quarter, receding from 22.1 percent of the China market to 13.2 percent. 

Apple rival Android remains the dominant force in China at 86.4 percent of the smartphone market in the country, growing 9.3 percentage points year-over-year. Although the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remained the top selling devices in China, Apple has trouble competing with local vendors -- like Oppo and Vivo -- who produce cheaper smartphones at a massive rate that are far easier to obtain by the Chinese consumer.

iOS Drops to Lowest Share of China Smartphone Market in Nearly Three Years
"In the three-month period ending February 2017, iOS accounted for 13.2% of smartphone sales in urban China, a decline of 8.9 percentage points from 22.1% a year earlier. This marks iOS’ lowest share since the three-month period ending July 2014," reported Tamsin Timpson, Strategic Insight Director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech Asia. "That said, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remained the top selling devices in the region, accounting for 8% of smartphone sales. By comparison, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus accounted for 14% of smartphone sales in the three months ending February 2016."

Not much has changed for either iOS or Android in the United States since Kantar's last report, although the latter OS has continued to see a decline in market share throughout December, January, and February. Android has dropped three percentage points when compared to the same year-ago quarter, now accounting for 55.9 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, while iOS has grown by 3.7 percentage points year-over-year to take 42 percent of the market in the U.S. 

As in China, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remained the top-selling smartphones in the U.S., which the devices have been since Kantar's report on the three months ending November 2016. Kantar's analysts cited hope that Google Pixel "might soften the drop in Android sales" that happen annually around every iPhone launch -- and which dropped even more dramatically last year because of the Note7 -- but the Pixel doesn't appear to have picked up the slack for the Android market in the U.S. 

In terms of overall growth, iOS saw its biggest percentage point increase in the quarter happen in Great Britain, growing 4.5 percentage points year-over-year. In most of Europe's big five markets -- Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain -- Apple has done well to boost sales of iOS devices, with France housing the biggest growth for the Apple operating system over the holidays. Outliers still remain, like Spain's 1.7 percentage point dip in today's report. 

Kantar's report also looked forward to the rest of 2017, admitting that the three months ending in February is a "challenging time" to report on due to its awkward middle ground proximity between the holiday season last year, and upcoming announcements at events like WWDC in the summer. 

“The February period is always a challenging time to report on consumer behaviour and plans, since many people put purchases on hold following the holidays, waiting for the latest phone announcements from Mobile World Congress,” Guenveur said. “The much-anticipated March 29 announcement of the Samsung Galaxy S8, combined with the somewhat unexpected launch of the (PRODUCT) RED iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and the capacity upgrade to iPhone SE a week before that, may mean that the remainder of Q1 and Q2 could yield some interesting, even unpredictable, shifts in the market.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook has remained vocal in his optimism about the company's presence -- and future -- in China, mentioning in an earnings call last year that, "We may not have the wind at our backs that we once did, but it's more stable than the common view of it." More recently, Cook went into even more detail about Apple's China plans, stating that, "We're not just someone who's here to access the market," and that the company intends to bolster its presence in the country through providing jobs and improving people's standard of living.

Article Source: iOS Drops to Lowest Share of China Smartphone Mark

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