In a strange sort of love letter to the iPhone published this week, New York Times tech blogger Brian Chen dropped a little nugget of information that has long been debated about the upcoming special edition iPhone 8: the price.
With all of the bells and whistles that are expected, many analysts have predicted that Apple would do a very Apple-like thing and give the product a super premium price point. Like somewhere north of $1,000. According to Chen, who spoke with people who were briefed on the new product, those analysts are off—but only by $1. Chen’s sources, who asked to remain anonymous, said the pro model iPhone will be priced around $999.
On top of the price point, Chen also got a few details about the design of the product. Nothing crazy-groundbreaking here from what’s already been rumored. The iPhone 8 will be about the size of the smaller iPhone but will include a larger screen thanks to reduced bezels along the top and bottom edges. Other new features will include facial recognition tech, and charging through magnetic induction.
Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone as part of a larger keynote event sometime in mid-September.
Samsung Chief Gets 5 Years
— Engadget (@engadget) August 25, 2017
Jay Y. Lee, the heir apparent to South Korean tech firm Samsung—and the company’s acting leader—has been sentenced to five years in prison for his role in a far-reaching bribery scandal that has rocked the South Korean government. The sentence, which is expected to be appealed, was far less than the 12 years Lee was facing. But, given the country’s history of doling out light sentences, that’s a pretty powerful statement by the South Korean courts.
Proving just how harsh of a sentence this is, back when we initially reported on this story, part of the discussion around the government’s decision to even issue an arrest warrant was based on the economic impact that the move would have. As the largest South Korean conglomerate, Samsung is tied into so many industries throughout the country. Further, throughout the trial it was thought that, if convicted, the sentence would be excessively light in order to mitigate any negative impact on the Korean economy.
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