Apple iPhone 8 Plus costs $295.44 to make, says IHS Markit

An attendee checks out a new iPhone X during an Apple launch event in Cupertino California

Apple said that the 2017 iPhones have the "most durable glass ever in a smartphone".

Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff PU says the sensors are the only problem remaining for the iPhone X and that he expects mass production to start the second week of October. Despite that, Apple estimates that the iPhone X's battery will last about two hours longer than the iPhone 7 Plus. As for the online pre-orders, it was also relatively cold, according to industry analysts. It's most noticeable when used in conjunction with Apple's ARKit for augmented reality (AR) apps, even though such apps are useable on older iPhones running iOS11. The new feature, which is found only on the iPhone X, uses the user's face to quickly unlock the phone and verify the identity of the user. The iPhone X is reportedly being produced only in small amounts at present, perhaps as little as tens of thousands of units each day. The phone lacks a home button as well. And wireless charging is a great addition. But the price for the iPhone 8 Plus is $799, which is $30 higher than its predecessor. The new advanced camera system equipped on the iPhone 8 Plus is worth $32.50.

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Now this isn't anything new - Apple's 3D touch is pressure responsive.

The new iPhone 8 and 8 Plus feature modest upgrades to the iPhone line compared to the iPhone X, featuring slight changes to its cameras, displays and speakers.

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Digitimes, citing unnamed sources, reported that Apple suppliers were shipping just 40 percent of the components originally ordered for the premium phone. More apps remained loaded in memory on the Android phone.

Demand for the iPhone X has been high since the launch and it has been predicted that Apple may struggle to keep up with the high demand for the smartphone. This is quite a price difference from last year's model.

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In that respect, I think the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus will prove highly successful, and Apple will still sell tens of millions of them over the next year.

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