Apple’s iPhone X and Apple Watch Series 3 were both announced during a media event that was held at the newly opened Steve Jobs Theater last week, and since then, the news cycle has been wall-to-wall Apple.
With the biggest smartphone announcement of the year behind us, and the wearable that accompanies it now updated as well, attention has understandably turned to pre-orders for the new devices as well as just what they may or may not be capable of. Until we start to see real reviews of both, there will be questions to be answered. As time rolls on, we are starting to see some of those answers arrive.
Below, we have a selection of news stories that have popped up that relate to either the iPhone X or Apple Watch Series 3. We wanted to keep them all together as a sort of digestible collection of headlines so you can get a feel for what’s going on in the world of Apple right now, and in particular, its newly announced hardware. Let’s jump in, shall we?
iPhone X Pre-orders Are Hot
That’s no great surprise, is it? Well, it may be considering the fact that iPhone X pre-orders aren’t actually open yet. What we actually mean is that the iPhone X appears to be having an impact on the pre-orders being placed for the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, which were announced alongside it. According to KGI Securities, iPhone 8 stock appears to be standing up to pre-orders better than previous years. This is, of course, believed to be down to people waiting for iPhone X, but considering it’s also possible that Apple simply managed to build more iPhones this year than previous years, we will reserve judgement here until we see actual numbers.
Apple Watch Series 3 Demand Is High
KGI also mentioned that the newest, LTE-capable Apple Watch is seeing demand that is higher than what most, even Apple, apparently expected. It appears the LTE flavor of the Series 3 is seeing a “significantly stronger-than-expected pre-order demand,” with shipping times being extended to 3-4 weeks. The security firm estimates an 80-90% weightage in favor of LTE-capable Apple Watch pre-orders.
iPhone X Has A Relatively Lower Profit Margin For Apple
The iPhone X that packs in a new CPU, new display and new chassis actually costs Apple a lot of money to make. That’s the report coming out of the Wall Street Journal, which reports that Apple will actually make less margin on the iPhone X than previous handsets despite its huge starting price of $999. The reason for this is the cost of the parts that go into making the new flagship, including the new TrueDepth camera system.
T-Mobile’s $8 Billion LTE Network Is No-Go For New iPhones
We kid you not, Apple’s new iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and even the iPhone X will not support the extended LTE capabilities that T-Mobile spent $8 billion to implement. None of Apple’s new iPhones support the LTE band required to access T-Mobile’s new and upcoming 600MHz network, which provides better coverage inside buildings and rural areas throughout the United States.
(Sources: 9to5Mac, WSJ)
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