We’ve heard before about the possibility of the new iPhone 8 launching with a price tag that’s north of $1,000. There are certain dangers in that for the smartphone market and the consumer, but a new report suggests that the high cost could be, at least partly, due to Samsung.
More specifically, analysts from KGI Securities point to Samsung’s OLED screens—which Apple is using in the new iPhone—which costs at least twice as much as the LCD panels Apple has been using. That fact alone makes industry analysts believe that Apple could look to find a new screen supplier as quickly as possible in order to produce iPhone 8s at a faster rate and to keep the cost down.
But, not only is Samsung causing Apple some gripe with the cost of the iPhone 8, they’re also creating issues around Apple’s efforts to implement an under-screen fingerprint scanner. Samsung tried to do something similar with their Galaxy S8 device, but couldn’t produce an effective technology fast enough for the device’s launch. Apple is now facing a similar prospect, and may be forced to go solely with facial recognition technology as a biometric security solution for the new iPhone.
Whatever the result—on the price front and the technology front—we’ll hear about it in rather short order. Apple is expected to announce the new iPhone as part of a larger keynote on September 12.
Charge on the Go
This road is designed to charge electric cars as they drive over it pic.twitter.com/wsq2AA7Gxl
— Mashable (@mashable) September 7, 2017
If there’s one thing holding up the wider adoption of all-electric cars, it’s the fact that the range on these vehicles—the distance you can drive in between charges—is rather limited.
Qualcomm might have just the fix electric car manufacturers are looking for, though, with their new Halo technology. Already accessible in dedicated electric-car parking spots, Qualcomm Halo is similar to the technology used to charge an electric toothbrush, except with more power and (obviously) a more complex design.
What’s game changing about Qualcomm Halo is the fact that the technology can be implemented in actual roadways to allow drivers to charge their cars while, literally, on the go.
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