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The Apple Store doesn’t actually sell many iPhones

iPhone: Apple store vs Verizon

Much is made of Apple's retail arm. The company described it as its "biggest product" during the recent iPhone X launch, and it's initiated a revamp of its stores to turn them into cult-like "plazas" where fans gather to worship the latest technology.

But according to a new survey of US consumers, the vast majority of iPhones and iPads are purchased somewhere other than Apple's hallowed halls of retail.

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Let’s hope the T-Mobile Sprint merger keeps getting delayed forever

Sprint T-Mobile merger

Much like flying cars, a T-Mobile/Sprint merger always seems to be on the horizon. Rumors first emerged in 2014 about a deal, only for everything to be called off, with regulators to blame. The grapevine sprouted new stories shortly after the corporate-friendly Trump administration took office, and reached fever pitch just a few weeks ago.

We were meant to expect a formal announcement of a deal in late October, but mercifully, it seems that there's been a last-minute reprieve. Bloomberg is reporting that "Sprint, T-Mobile Deal Announcement Is Likely to Be Delayed," with an announcement not expected until November. Let's just keep bumping that date down the road.

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It’s official: Apple’s iPhone X launch is going to be an absolute nightmare

iPhone X Release Date

The day Apple fans have been anxiously awaiting for the past two months — nay, the past two years — is almost upon us. Apple and its partners will begin taking preorders for the hotly anticipated iPhone X next Friday, October 27th, and the iPhone X will then be released a week later on November 3rd. The company's first redesigned iPhone in more than three years is so eagerly anticipated that Apple fans are passing on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, instead opting to wait for the $1,000+ iPhone X. Some industry watchers believe demand for the iPhone X is even higher than iPhone 6 and 6 Plus demand was back in 2014, when Apple finally relented and released iPhone models with larger displays.

All of this sounds like good news for fans, who will finally get the redesigned, all-screen iPhone they want. It sounds like even better news for Apple, since tens of millions of people appear to be opting for the high-priced iPhone X instead of Apple's less expensive iPhone models. Unfortunately, all this pent-up demand may prove to be a huge problem for Apple and for customers alike, because the world's top Apple insider just issued a report making it clear that next month's iPhone X release is going to be an absolute nightmare.

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New report suggests iPhone 8 and 8 Plus sales have been awful

iPhone 8 Plus Vs iPhone X

Apple shares dropped 1.5% during Thursday's pre-market session following a report that Apple has slashed production orders for November and December on its two brand new iPhone models.

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 launched last month, and they represent two of the best smartphones in the world right now. They also feature an outdated design from 2014 that many people are bored with. With the company's first completely redesigned iPhone set to be released in just two weeks, several reports have suggested that Apple fans are holding out for the iPhone X rather than buying the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Now, it appears as though those earlier reports were spot on.

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Samsung is racing ahead of Intel where it really matters

samsung vs intel chips

Samsung has completed the development of its 8-nanometer foundry process, and before you X out and go read more about the iPhone 8's camera, that's actually a big deal. Samsung has taken the new, smaller process to production three months ahead of schedule, and before its rival Intel can even get its 10-nanometer process up and running.

The new 8-nanometer process uses the same technology Samsung already uses for existing 10-nanometer chips, called "low power plus." The move to an 8-nanometer process should mean savings of around 10 percent in energy efficiency, as well as a 10 percent saving in the size of the chips themselves.

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