And all the other Apple news and rumors this week.
Itâ€™s hard to say whether Apple is in a good spot or a perilous one with its new slate of iPhones.
Over the past several days, reports have been swirling that say the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are in trouble. The devicesâ€™ sales are much lower than expected, and there are currently no signs that theyâ€™ll turn around anytime soon. But those same reports have also said that iPhone 8 sales are down because demand is so strong for Appleâ€™s next smartphone, the iPhone X.
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So should Apple AAPL be pleased or concerned? At least so far, the company hasnâ€™t said anything about iPhone sales, so all we have is speculation.
But it wasnâ€™t just an iPhone week. We also heard reports about strong Apple Watch Series 3 sales, and got a look at a new Apple Store. We even found out where on Apple sits on the political spectrum.
Read on for a look at this weekâ€™s biggest Apple news:
- Rogers Communication CEO Joe Natale said this week that so far, Appleâ€™s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus sales have been â€œanemicâ€ at his companyâ€™s retail stores. His comments followed reports from KeyBanc analyst John Vinh, who told investors that more customers are buying last yearâ€™s iPhone 7 than the new iPhone 8. Apple, however, has yet to say how many iPhone 8 units itâ€™s sold and whether sales are matching its expectations.
- In a note to investors this week, GBH Insights analyst Daniel Ives called the Apple Watch Series 3 a â€œgame changer release for Cupertino to open up this wearables category for the coming years.â€ He estimates that Apple has sold 30 million Apple Watch units since the deviceâ€™s release in 2015, and is seeing its sales momentum soar, thanks to the Series 3.
- According to a study from researcher Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Apple customers are most likely to buy iPhones at carrier stores, iPads at Best Buy locations, and Macs at Appleâ€™s own retail outlets. Just 11% of iPhones bought in the U.S. are purchased on Apple.com or at an Apple Store.
- China has stopped allowing new Apple Watch Series 3 owners from connecting to wireless carrier networks with the deviceâ€™s built-in LTE chip. The feature, which allows users to make calls from the Apple Watch without a connected iPhone, was turned off on September 28, according to reports. Itâ€™s believed China turned off the feature because it couldnâ€™t track Apple Watch owners when they connected to a carrier network.
- Apple opened a new flagship store in Chicago on Friday. The store has a carbon fiber roof designed to be as â€œthin as possible,â€ 32-foot glass facades, and sits along the river on Michigan Avenue. Apple design chief Jony Ive said the store was created to remove â€œboundaries between inside and outside.â€
- Appleâ€™s Project Titan self-driving car effort was featured in a series of tweets this week from car startup Voyage. The tweets examined the cameras and sensors Appleâ€™s using, as well as some expert insight into how self-driving cars work.
- Interested in a chronology of Appleâ€™s iPhone X launch? Read all about what Fortune colleague Aaron Pressman calls a â€œno good, very bad iPhone X launch.â€
One more thingâ€¦A site called 2ndVote has ranked Apple and other tech giants on their conservative values. Apple landed at the bottom of its scale.