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IPhone 8 sales start tomorrow in the UAE

IPhone 8 sales start tomorrow in the UAE

Amin Ahmed Dholiya, 43, was the first in the queue outside the Apple store on Orchard Road, where he arrived around 7 pm on Thursday to get his hands on the iPhone 8 Plus which hit the shelves yesterday, reported The Straits Times today. He is an Indian businessman and flew all the way to Singapore for iPhone 8 Plus.

iFixit's teardown has also revealed that the iPhone 8 also comes apart very similarly to the iPhone 7, through the presence of a few screws drilled within.

Let's start off with the true objective of the iFixit teardown, which is to determine the repairability of the iPhone 8. iFixit gave the smartphone a repairability score of 6 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to fix, compared with the score of 7 given in the iPhone 7 Plus teardown. Even though Apple claims that the iPhone 8 will have a similar battery life as the iPhone 7, this remains to be seen, what with the slightly reduced battery power.

Apple CEO Tim Cook told CNBC that Apple has sold out of the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus in some stores, adding that they've got good supply. To be clear, the iPhone 8 is not the groundbreaking new iPhone you've been hearing about, that is the iPhone X. Rather, this is the updated version of the iPhone 7. The new A11 Bionic six cores chip was discovered to be layered over SK Hynix.

The handset includes 2GB LPDDR4 RAM, Qualcomm MDM9656 Snapdragon X16 LTE Modem, NXP 80v18 secure NFC module and components from Skyworks and Avago.

The teardown found that the display and the battery, the two components that are most commonly replaced, are easy to access in the iPhone 8.