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Marcio Jose Sanchez / AP

As we have reported for a while now, Apple's biggest issue with its new high-end iPhone is likely going to be getting the device to customers quickly enough and in sufficient volume. The Wall Street Journal has a new story out blaming the delay on production issues related to the new screen. Axios reported last month that the new model could trail the more evolutionary updates to the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Why it matters: For Apple it is a huge business challenge. The fall is a huge time for iPhone shipments and Apple faces the risk that too many customers want to wait for the new model, freezing sales of the more modest updates, which should be in far greater supply.

The high-end model features, among other things, an edge-to-edge OLED screen as well as a state-of-the-art facial recognition system that is sophisticated enough to adjust to things like glasses and avoid being fooled by a photograph.

Apple, not surprisingly, isn't commenting. But we should know the answer Tuesday, when Apple introduces the new iPhone at an event in Cupertino.

The timing issues will be a personal challenge for all those who can't wait to get their hands on the new device. Those who opt for the evolutionary upgrades may quickly develop buyer's remorse upon seeing the more radically improved model.

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Biden's "overwhelming force" doctrine

President-elect Biden arrives to introduce his science team in Wilmington yesterday. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

President-elect Biden has ordered up a shock-and-awe campaign for his first days in office to signal, as dramatically as possible, the radical shift coming to America and global affairs, his advisers tell us. 

The plan, Part 1 ... Biden, as detailed in a "First Ten Days" memo from incoming chief of staff Ron Klain, plans to unleash executive orders, federal powers and speeches to shift to a stark, national plan for "100 million shots" in three months.

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Episode 2: Barbarians at the Oval

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Beginning on election night 2020 and continuing through his final days in office, Donald Trump unraveled and dragged America with him, to the point that his followers sacked the U.S. Capitol with two weeks left in his term. This Axios series takes you inside the collapse of a president.

Episode 2: Trump stops buying what his professional staff are telling him, and increasingly turns to radical voices telling him what he wants to hear. Read episode 1.

President Trump plunked down in an armchair in the White House residence, still dressed from his golf game — navy fleece, black pants, white MAGA cap. It was Saturday, Nov. 7. The networks had just called the election for Joe Biden.

Fringe right plots new attacks out of sight

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Domestic extremists are using obscure and private corners of the internet to plot new attacks ahead of Inauguration Day. Their plans are also hidden in plain sight, buried in podcasts and online video platforms.

Why it matters: Because law enforcement was caught flat-footed during last week's Capitol siege, researchers and intelligence agencies are paying more attention to online threats that could turn into real-world violence.