iPhone 8 Said to Have Enhanced Earpiece With Further Improvements to Stereo Sound and Waterproofing

Apple’s so-called “iPhone 8” with an OLED display and wireless charging will also feature an “enhanced receiver” with “further improvements” to stereo sound and waterproofing, according to new research shared this week by JPMorgan analysts, who track the company’s supply chain in the Asia-Pacific region.






For those unfamiliar, the receiver is the slim, meshed earpiece cutout above the screen that you hold against your ear during a phone call. Since the iPhone 7, it has doubled as a full-out speaker. With two speakers, Apple says the iPhone 7 delivers two times the audio output of an iPhone 6s with increased dynamic range.



JPMorgan didn’t specify what acoustical improvements will be made to the iPhone 8’s receiver, but it’s reasonable to assume it could have higher peak volume at the very least. The earpiece will also be more waterproof, in line with a previous rumor claiming the iPhone 8 will have even better IP68-rated water resistance.



The research note also made the rather outlandish prediction that AirPods may come as a free accessory with the iPhone 8.



Apple including AirPods with the iPhone 8 isn’t something we’ve heard before, so treat the rumor with a healthy dose of skepticism. But, if the rumor proves to be accurate, AirPods would presumably replace Apple’s wired EarPods with Lightning connector that it includes in the box with current iPhone models.



AirPods cost $159 in the United States, considerably more than EarPods, which retail for $29 when purchased separately, and cost Apple barely anything to make, according to estimates by market research firm IHS Markit. It’s unclear how much it costs Apple to manufacture a pair of AirPods.



Multiple reports suggest the iPhone 8 will be expensive, with the base model costing at least as much as a maxed out iPhone 7 Plus. Given that many iPhone 8 configurations will likely exceed $1,000 in the United States, perhaps Apple will still be able to achieve a reasonable enough profit margin to include AirPods in the box.



Other iPhone 8 features expected by JPMorgan have all been rumored previously, including a stainless steel and glass design, faster processor, larger battery, wireless charging, and 3D sensing module for facial recognition. JPMorgan estimates the device will be $75 to $80 more expensive to manufacture.



This research note comes from a group of JPMorgan analysts in the Asia-Pacific region, including Gokul Hariharan. Not listed is Rod Hall, who covers Apple for JPMorgan in the United States. Hall is the analyst who believes there’s a highly likely chance Apple will preview the iPhone 8 at WWDC in June.

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Sidney Crosby Returns for Penguins vs. Capitals Game 5 After Concussion

The Pittsburgh Penguins will have Sidney Crosby back in the lineup as they try to close out the Washington Capitals in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinal at the Verizon Center on Saturday. 

Per Sam Kasan of Pens Inside Scoop, Crosby will play after clearing the concussion protocol. 

 

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Nigeria battles to beat polio and Boko Haram

Northern Nigeria is the frontline in two wars: the disease and the brutal rebels who reject the west’s influence

The man sporting a giant purple bottom adorned with a swinging horse tail is chanting to the beat of the drummers, his blue-painted face sweating copiously. Children delightedly race around the colourful clown. All except Ismail, 13, who watches from the ground, twisting his head to follow the dance. A man with a megaphone is yelling something, but it can’t be heard in the melee. Then a group of blue-caped women emerge from the crowd, clutching cheap market stall lunchboxes, to begin the real business of the day.

This is the “flag-off” in Ungogo, Kano state. The party marks the first of four days of intense work by an army of volunteers, mostly young mothers, who will go door to door across Nigeria. Some will pass through thousands of twisting warrens of slums fanning out into the red-orange, mud-built hamlets and reed-thatched huts. Others will visit the crumbling concrete city blocks, slipping drops of polio vaccine into as many of the 30 million Nigerian children under five as they can find.

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God bless a sturdy guardrail: Rally car saved from the abyss

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North Carolina Reverend Says Trump’s Executive Order Is About ‘Religious Bigotry’

Reverend William Barber II, President of the North Carolina NAACP talks about his perspective on what President Trump’s executive order on religious freedom means for communities of faith in the U.S.

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