For Kiwis, the decision on which iPhone to upgrade to has never been easier. The discounts on the newer handset have effectively made the price of the 7 and 8 models identical.

Are we not buying the 8 because as a nation we're holding out for the X, or are we just fed up with the constant pressure to upgrade our phones?

In other countries we are hearing about the iPhone 7 outselling the 8. That's not unusual in itself, in fact after the Christmas and Lunar New Year gifting seasons, it is usually the older iPhones which make up the bulk of sales.

This year the Spectre of the iPhone X is hanging over the iPhone market, causing anomalies in sales figures. Whether things sort themselves out after the X arrives on the market remains to be seen.

For now, the iPhone 8 seems to have stolen the crown of the best phone that nobody will buy.

Digitimes is reporting on the first shipment of completed iPhone X handsets, claiming that just 46,500 were shipped to UAE and the Netherlands. That seems remarkably low, so low in fact as to cast serious doubts on the validity of the report.

We know that iPhone X yields have been low, but the reported numbers have been in the order of 100,000 units per week. It seems implausible that just a couple of weeks before pre-orders are due to start arriving with customers, Apple has only has less than one weeks production output to hand. That would suggest that Apple has not managed to increase yields above this worst case scenario number.

If Apple is only able to manufacture 100,000 devices per week that would suggest only a quarter of a million iPhones will get to customers at launch in November and less than a million will get to customers ahead of Christmas. Added to the weak sales of the iPhone 8 Apple would be heading to a disastrous 2017 Q4.

The thing that makes me doubt those numbers is Tim Cook's reputation for being king of supply chain management. I don't believe the iPhone X would have been announced last month if there was any likelihood of supply being so badly constrained.

If iPhone yields have been closer to the half a million a week we've been told Apple is expecting, that would put day one availability at somewhere north of two million iPhones and around six million by the end of the year.

That would make for a much happier financial report in January and also avoid alienating millions of loyal Apple customers.

Right now I have to fell that Tim Cook knew what he was doing when he stood on the stage and announced the iPhone X last month, which is why I have to doubt the Digitimes number.

If you aren't already careful about what you do on public wireless hotspots take this as a warning that you really should be. A team at KU Leuven University in Belgium have demonstrated a hack which allows Wi-Fi security to be breached thanks to a weakness in WPA2, the standard which is used to encrypt device to router connections. 

The weakness has deeper implications than just wireless hotspot access though.

For individuals this vulnerability has limited impact so long as you are using an encrypted underlying connection - https security to your mail server or websites for example - which will protect your information on those public connections. Most mail services and key websites do this by default.

For Android and Linux users there's a potential follow on weakness which results from The use of this weakness to allow other vulnerabilities - malicious code insertion for example - to be exploited on the device. Being on a build of Android which has up to date security patches is going to be vital in coming months.

Also, and especially for business networks, you might be passing data between devices without a second layer of encryption. Anyone able to access your wireless signal could potentially use this exploit to access information in transit across your business network simply by sniffing the now unencrypted network traffic.

For businesses which trade in confidential information, legal, health and financial practices for example, this might be a good time to reconsider the use of wireless for internal access to file shares, printers, etc. At least until your router has been patched by its manufacturer, anyway.

Huawei introduced the new Mate 10 today and set out its stall to cement its position as the second placed vendor in the global smartphone market.

The Mate 10 marks the point where Huawei has a flagship device which, on paper at least, competes directly with Apple and Samsung without having to play the value card. The new phone packs the best features of the current flagship offerings into a device topped off with some Huawei specific advances in AI.

There are actually three new Mate 10 models, standard, Pro and Posrche Design. The former uses an edge to edge 16:9 LCD display, which means you have a wider chassis (and thus a wider keyboard if input is your thing) whilst the Pro and Pro Porsche have an 18:9 OLED display, for those who really want tall and thin. The Porsche Design is effectively a shiny Pro for those who like premium badges.

There are differences in way the standard and Pro models work too. The former has a memory card slot and headphone jack, which the latter gives up in exchange for an IR blaster and waterproofing. The Pro ups the onboard memory with a 6GB/128GB option, whilst the Porsche Design model has 256GB of storage. The fingerprint sensor on the standard phone sits on the front, whilst the Pro retains the rear mounted sensor of the Mate 9.

All Mate 10 offerings will sport the Leica badged dual camera system, with a new f1.6 aperture to improve low light performance and depth of field. There's also a dock free docking solution, with the USB-C port directly supporting video out (no detail on the actual standard used yet) to create a desktop environment on an external monitor. Like other solutions the phone will still be functional whilst in desktop mode.

Lastly, as expected, Huawei made big promises for the AI abilities of the new Kirin 970 CPU, including a promise to prevent slowdowns over time - a factor which at least some Android phones suffer from.

No release date yet, but we do know European prices are in the same ballpark as the Galaxy S8 / S8+, which sets an interesting marker of Huawei's intentions for this device.

Sputnik. The Soviet satellite that turned America's self belief upside down. It's become a byword for disruption when the incumbent realises its whole business model is no longer valid and drastic action is required to survive the threat of the newcomer.

Tesla's role in the auto industry has, thus far, been the one of disruptor, changing the way EVs have been perceived by customers and competitors alike.

In it's short time producing cars Tesla has become the newest premium brand. One of the incumbents if you like and now it is itself at risk of disruption.

This week may just have been the company's Sputnik Moment. Its failure to hit manufacturing targets for the Model 3, together with stagnant manufacturing numbers for the Model S and X show that it has failed to rise to the challenge of manufacturing a product at scale. 

Even worse, stories of fundemental problems with its production lines appearing in mainstream media suggest it has not even managed to build a functioning set of processes to allow it to crack mass production. 

Which leaves it open to disruption by the companies whose toes it was previously holding to the fire. As it struggles to meet demand for its products others with lengthy mass production experience, premium brands like BMW, Mercedes and Audi; as well as more mainstream brands like Nissan, Renault and Toyota are able to churn out EVs by the tens of thousands.

For Tesla this should be the moment where it revisits the way it goes about manufacturing and selling its EVs. It can't continue to keep making empty promises about the number of cars it's going to build, delaying the delivery dates for cars which it is holding customer deposits for and muddying its own reputation.

Tesla has built a reputation quickly, if it doesn't start delivering it can lose it just as quickly. 

Samsung's Bixby will be reaching version 2.0 in the next week and based on the speed with which it has grown from its launch six months ago it's probably going to be an impressive update.

When it does arrive there will be many videos comparing Bixby to Siri. However I don't believe that Samsung is bothered about competing with Apple at all. 

Bixby is just one of Samsung's defensive moves against Google. 

When Google launched the Pixel last year it included a new voice assistant, Google Assistant, and it kept it exclusive to the Pixel for quite a while. 

That kind of forking of Android,  into a Google version with additional features and a regular version for everyone else, is almost certainly going to be the lever Google uses to bring Made by Google devices to the fore.

Samsung needs to ensure that it is competing with Google in every area where the search giant might decide to attack it be developing Pixel only features in future. 

So that means Bixby, it means the Galaxy App store, it means Gear smart watches and VR headsets; and it means closer alignment with Microsoft services and software. 

The smartphone market potentially splits apart with Google's acquisition of Android. It becomes Apple v Google Android v everyone else's less capable Android. Samsung has to put itself into a position where Samsung Android is every bit as good as Google's if it intends on surviving.

This may in itself turn out to be the unprecedented crisis CEO Kwon referenced when announcing his resignation this week.

Interesting times, as the old Chinese curse goes. 

LG has produced a run of impressive phones, without managing to score the kind of sales or financial success you would expect from such highly rated devices.

The G6 arrived early enough to produce some column inches in the tech press and gain some notoriety for its camera, up until the point the Galaxy S8 arrived from Samsung. The newer processor and slicker design overshadowed the G6 completely. 

LG hasn't given up and the V30 is its late 2017 flagship device. It's currently being talked about as one of the leading smartphones on the market today. 

Whether another batch of positive publicity is going to help LG get itself a reputation amongst consumers remains to be seen. I still think LG's problem is not around the quality of its devices.

The problem is that LG is seen as a producer of white goods. Not a technology powerhouse like Apple or Samsung. Its reputation is so bad that it's getting outsold be unknown Chinese brands.

So once again the problem for the V30 is going to be overcoming LG's weak presence as a technology company.

Fernando Alonso has not been confirmed at McLaren for the 2018 season and it may be that the team's public divorce of Honda may not be enough to persuade him to do so.

Alonso had repeatedly demanded a car which will allow him to fight for race victories and, despite the successes of the Red Bull - Renault partnership, it may be that the double World Champion does not see a McLaren Renault partnership providing him with that opportunity.

Having stated his intention of adding the Indy 500 and Le Mans titles to his F1 titles, it may be that Alonso feels he is done with F1 and take a shot at Indy and / or Le Mans in 2018.

Apple has been selling the same basic design of iPhone for more than three years now. The iPhone 6 nas formed the template for iPhones since Apple embraced the importance of large screen designs.

With each update the basic iPhone template has been refined and improved to make the iPhone a more rounded and complete smartphone experience. Faster processors, larger storage defaults, better cameras and wireless charging. In fact, aside from the controversial removal of the headphone jack Apple has very much defined the term iteration.

If you loved previous versions of the iPhone 6, the iPhone 8 is the perfect phone for you.

In any other year the iPhone 8 would be the driver of a massive iPhone supercycle, in much the same way the iPhone 6 did. The promise of the iPhone X complicates that rather.

Right now, headphone jack notwithstanding, the iPhone 8 is one of the best smartphones money can buy. Whether the arrival of its flashier sibling does anything to change that remains to be seen. The lack of Touch ID,  the ugly notch and the utility of Face ID all could prove to be deal breakers.

Sometimes iteration is more powerful than revolution. 

Toro Rosso's second race seat in America will be filled by Brendon Hartley the team has confirmed. The WEC Champion elect will be the first Kiwi to race in F1 in more than two decades.

Assuming things go well Hartley is likely to retain the seat for the remainder of the season and has a shot at partnering Pierre Gasly for 2017 well.