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Apple stopped selling iPhone 7 256GB

Apple has stopped selling the 256GB version of the iPhone 7 in its online store. As reported by Mashable[1], the move came after the launch of the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The 256GB model was taken off the site just after the new iPhone launch event, in the middle of September, and has not been available since, stated the report.

Customers can still buy the device from mobile operators and retailers which have stock, however.

The discontinuation is reportedly aimed at boosting sales of the iPhone 8, as many consumers would rather wait for the more-powerful iPhone X to launch.

The iPhone X is set to be available on 3 November in the US.

Now read: Apple to prepare 3 million iPhone X units for launch[2]

References

  1. ^ Mashable (mashable.com)
  2. ^ Apple to prepare 3 million iPhone X units for launch (mybroadband.co.za)

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung revealed its Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ smartphones last week, which have received praise from the industry. The devices are set to launch in South Africa on 5 May, and will sell for R15,499 and R17,499 respectively. Samsung has gone for huge screens on the devices, with the S8 featuring a 5.8-inch display and the S8+ sporting a 6.2-inch display – both with a resolution of 2,960 x 1,440.

To put this into perspective, the iPhone 7 features a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 7 Plus has a 5.5-inch screen.

All the new features

Samsung said[1] its new smartphones feature “groundbreaking” technology which creates a “new paradigm for the mobile experience”. It listed eight “truly innovative” features of the S8 range following the launch event – as detailed below.

  • Infinity display – Bezel-less design with curved display.
  • Bixby – A new personal assistant.
  • Biometric authentication – facial recognition and iris scanning.
  • 10nm processor – Industry’s first 10nm processor.
  • Dex – a docking station for use as a desktop PC.
  • Gigabit LTE and Wi-Fi – 1Gbps download speeds.
  • HDR – Mobile HDR Premium certified.
  • Bluetooth 5 – faster transfer speeds.

Price and OS

With the Galaxy S8 just launching and the iPhone 7 having been in the market for a few months, there is a notable price difference in South Africa. The Galaxy S8 (64GB) will sell for R15,499, while an iPhone 7 (32GB) is currently selling for R11,999.

Price differences for the larger models are similarly high, with the S8+ costing over R3,000 more than the entry-level 7 Plus. This means that while the Galaxy S8 wins in the “latest tech” category – and the specifications category, as detailed below – the iPhone is a more affordable purchase. The S8 also features Android 7, Google’s latest mobile operating system.

For Android fans, it does not get much better than this. For iOS lovers looking for a new device, you have two choices: get an iPhone 7 now or wait until around September and hope Apple sticks to its new device launch schedule.

iPhone 7 vs Galaxy S8 – Specifications

The table below compares the stats of the new Galaxy and the latest iPhone. On paper, the S8 and S8+ are superior, but, as Apple device owners will attest, it is not often an iPhone feels like it is lacking firepower.

Apple iPhone 7 vs Samsung Galaxy S8
Specifications iPhone 7 Galaxy S8
Dimensions 138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm 148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm
Weight 138g 155g
OS iOS 10 Android 7.0
Display 4.7?

Retina HD (1,334 x 750)

5.8? Quad HD+ (2,960 x 1,440)
Chipset A10 64-bit Octa-core 64-bit 10nm
RAM 2GB 4GB
Storage 32GB/128GB/256GB 64GB + MicroSD 256GB
Main camera 12MP F1.8 Dual Pixel 12MP F1.7
Front camera 7MP F2.2 8MP F1.7
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Network FDD-LTE, TD-LTE LTE Cat.

16

Durability IP67 IP68
Battery 1,960mAh 3,000mAh
Price R11,999 (32GB) R15,499
Specifications iPhone 7 Plus Galaxy S8+
Dimensions 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
Weight 188g 173g
OS iOS 10 Android 7.0
Display 5.5? Retina HD (1,920 x 1,080) 6.2?

Quad HD+ (2,960 x 1,440)

Chipset A10 64-bit Octa-core 64-bit 10nm
RAM 3GB 4GB
Storage 32GB/128GB/256GB 64GB + MicroSD 256GB
Main camera 12MP Dual Lens F1.8 and F2.8 Dual Pixel 12MP F1.7
Front camera 7MP F2.2 8MP F1.7
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
Network FDD-LTE, TD-LTE LTE Cat.

16

Durability IP67 IP68
Battery 2,900mAh 3,500mAh
Price R13,999 (32GB) R17,499

iPhone 7

iPhone 7

Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8

In conclusion

Let’s be honest: if you are an Apple/iOS fan, you are getting an iPhone.

If you are an Android/Samsung fan, you have already placed a preorder for the S8.

Now read: Super-affordable smartphones coming to South Africa[2]

References

  1. ^ Samsung said (www.samsungmobilepress.com)
  2. ^ Super-affordable smartphones coming to South Africa (mybroadband.co.za)

Which colour iPhone 7 is the best?

Apple recently launched[1] the Red Special Edition iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The phone is the product of a partnership between Apple and (RED), which contributes to the Global Fund fighting Aids. “The special edition RED iPhone will be available to order online worldwide and in stores beginning March 24,” said Apple.

With the addition of the RED iPhone 7, Apple now offers the 7 and 7 Plus in six colours.

The colours, as ordered in the image below, are:

  • Jet Black
  • Black
  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Rose Gold
  • Red

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iPhone 7 Colours

Now read: Cheaper and faster 9.7-inch Apple iPad launched[2]

References

  1. ^ recently launched (www.apple.com)
  2. ^ Cheaper and faster 9.7-inch Apple iPad launched (mybroadband.co.za)