Apple May Be Modifying iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 to Skirt German Sales Ban

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  1. lostczech, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019

    lostczech macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2009

    If I'm not mistaken, the Qualcomm versions of the iPhone are intended mainly for CDMA networks (ie. Verizon/Sprint in the US), whereas Germany (and most of Europe) are solely on GSM networks. I think there is a missing LTE frequency or 2 on the Qualcomm versions.

    Edit: Never mind, both variants operate the same LTE bands. Good question zorinlynx.. I have no idea
  2. zorinlynx macrumors 603


    May 31, 2007
    Florida, USA
    Also, the 7 and 8 are the last models with TouchID, and a lot of people like TouchID.

    I know I'm holding out as long as possible before moving to a FaceID phone!
  3. AngerDanger, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019

    AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
    It might look sort of weird.

    EDIT: I take that back; it's beautiful!

  4. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    iOS users are accustomed to work arounds. This is great.
  5. lostczech macrumors member


    Sep 8, 2009

    As the industry moves towards higher screen to body ratio, I think this is refreshing :D
  6. Tanglewood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2006
    San Diego, CA
    A lot of the fast chargers like Anker use Qualcomm technology and with their push into the IoT environment there is a lot of random things that use their technology from fridges to cars.
  7. lenard macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2007
    Raleigh NC
    neither will I.
  8. H2SO4 macrumors 601

    Nov 4, 2008
    Yep but he's just about to throw all of his offending items in the bin.
  9. CarlJ, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2019

    CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    If you don't want to pay the price of an XS, and don't like the large size of the XR, the 8 is the next best offering from Apple. I just upgraded from a 6 to an 8 and I'm thrilled with it.

    (Weirdly, I might have put up with the added bulk of the XR, if Apple had released their usual line of silicone cases for it - the clear case they released instead is cute, but too slick; on a phone that large I want some serious grip - you can get their silicone cases for literally every other phone they currently sell, but not the XR.)

    (The XR is perhaps 10% faster than the 8, but both are 3-4x as fast as the 6. I would have liked FaceID, the 10% faster CPU, the 10% better camera, and more pixels, but not at the expense of the phone being harder to hold, harder to reach the corners of the screen, and more likely to drop, every single time I used it.)
  10. rp2011 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2010
    Why? Just put these to off to die. Especially if iOS 13 if not supporting these anymore. Hopefully iOS 13 is advanced enough and cuts off old legacy products at the knees and finally allows Apple to move forward.
  11. ghanwani macrumors 6502a

    Dec 8, 2008
    When I look at the chart I'm amazed at how popular the plus-sized phones are.
  12. dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    I didn’t get it either, until I tried the XS for a couple weeks and decided to exchange it for the XS Max. Obnoxiously huge? Yes. But it’s great for watching videos and seeing more content on the screen.
  13. deaglecat macrumors 6502


    Mar 9, 2012
    So :-
    a. Apple is able to allocate engineering resources to re-engineer the modem in a near obsolete Iphone7; but
    b. Apple cannot (or chooses not to) allocate engineering resources to sort out the bending issue on the Ipad Pros..
  14. Sorig macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2017
    Why would iOS 13 not support the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 8? The iPhone 8 has the same processor as the iPhone X. Should iOS 13 also not support the iPhone X?

    Cutting support for their obviously more than capable recent products would not be a smart business decision.
  15. frifra macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
  16. trillionaire macrumors member


    Dec 19, 2018
    They must have run the data and it must have made sense, otherwise they wouldn't be doing it. At least that's the logical thing to assume.
  17. Breaking Good macrumors 65816

    Sep 28, 2012
    ^^^^^This. At my employer, employees who are issued phones have the option of an iPhone 7 or Samsung Galaxy S8. Last year my wife's employer took back her Windows laptop and issued her a Samsung Galaxy S7 to do all of her work. She actually prefers carrying the phone over the laptop.
  18. KPandian1, Feb 6, 2019
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2019 at 10:38 AM

    KPandian1 macrumors 65816

    Oct 22, 2013
    What are you doing here?

    Apple has millstone around its neck - the iPhones before the X versions? And, it needs to move forward?

    Who will buy any Apple product after that?

    In that case, no will move from iOS 12.
  19. trusso Suspended

    Oct 4, 2003
    Yes, but is that because you came to that viewpoint of your own volition? Or because big tech forced the issue and you simply learned to live without it?

    Never mistake liberty for the illusion of liberty, my friend. :rolleyes:
  20. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    Not the same.
    How hard is it to understand the difference?
    Floppy is replaced by something else. Headphone jack is not replaced by anything else.
    Don’t even get started to talk about Bluetooth. It is far inferior than a hard-wired headphone.
  21. Gezrah macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2018
    København, Danmark
    I wouldn't be surprised if these new models end up elsewhere around the world to curb any other potential sales bans that may eventuate. Or they'll just show up in other countries once exisiting channel stock runs out. These may simply be the new iPhone 7 and 8.
  22. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Comedy: That's hilarious.
    Tragedy: I would genuinely choose that iPhone over an iPhone 7 or later (well, in Space Grey at least).
  23. rp2011 macrumors 65816


    Oct 12, 2010

    It has to. iOS is a 2007 legacy product. It’s more than a decade old. Any company that wants to stay in business HAS to move forward. If it continues this way it will go the way of BlackBerry and all other legacy products that were too scared to upset old customers and ended up just dying.
    You people are so myopic that you can’t see the forest for the trees.
  24. Eriamjh1138@DAN macrumors 6502a


    Sep 16, 2007
    BFE, MI

    I'm still waiting for Punchcards!

  25. HiVolt macrumors 6502a


    Sep 29, 2008
    Toronto, Canada
    So what modem are they using? If Intel infringes, can't use Qualcomm, who else is out there?

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