As it was already mentioned on our website, either next year or in 2018, Apple may stop using IPS LCD displays in iPhones and switch to more advanced OLED screens instead. According to the latest report from reliable insiders, only the larger 5.5-inch iPhone model will get the widely-rumored OLED display, at least at the very beginning. The report comes from UBI Research that’s why it can be called trustworthy.
It is Sunday today, which means it’s high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the last couple of days.
Since the release of the next-generation iPhone is becoming closer, more and more rumors about the device appear online. Below you can find the information about the design peculiarities and possible tech specs of the upcoming iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Apart from that, there’re some posts that deal with iPhone sales, Apple’s market capitalization and Apple Music.
One of key investors has recently sold his stake in Apple. According to the latest report first shared by Business Insider UK, billionaire David Tepper has decided to end his relationship with Apple because of weak iPhone sales and unclear situation with the Cupertino-based tech giant and the Chinese market. As noted by the analysts, Tepper’s share was valued at about $133 million.
Apple has just released a new Apple Music commercial starring Taylor Swift. The ad is called “Dance Like No One's Watching”, it is available on Apple’s official YouTube channel and in this short post.
Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has recently surpassed Apple and became the most expensive company in the world. Alphabet’s market capitalization is now equal to about $498.56 billion while the one of Apple is about $496.69 billion. Apple’s position has become much worse over the last couple of weeks because of the first decline in iPhone sales in the history. Even more, weak iPhone, iPad and Mac sales still continue to influence Apple’s market capitalization.
If you’re interested in how the iPhone 7 might look like, you will surely like the latest video shared by uSwitch and OnLeaks. This short clip is based on the most recent leaks of CAD drawings and offers a 360 degree look at the mockups of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Both handsets are expected to be unveiled in September and feature some noticeable design changes.
The video proves earlier rumors that suggest Apple will ditch the headphone jack and redesign the antenna bands of the iPhone. Apart from that, we can see the rumored dual camera on the larger model. Finally, the iPhone 7 Plus has a Smart Connector.
According to the report that appeared online on Wednesday, Apple plans to terminate iTunes music downloads within the next 2-4 years. The reason for termination of digital music downloads most likely connected with weak music sales over the last couple of year and growing popularity of streaming music services like Apple Music in many countries. In fact, music industry experts claim that by 2020, the revenue from Apple Music may be 10 times larger than the revenue from iTunes music downloads.
According to the latest report from TrendForce, Apple’s laptop sales have fallen more than 40% over the last couple of months. In the fourth quarter of 2015, Apple’s MacBook market share was equal to 9.7% and now it is estimated that the share accounts for 7.1%. Keeping in mind that total shipments fell in 2016, the decline made up 40.4%. In general, Apple went from the fifth place in the ranking of top laptop vendors to the sixth.
According to John Gruber, Apple will change the iPhone design dramatically in 2017. Gruber, who is considered to be a well-known Apple expert, believes the device will get “an all-new form factor”. In particular, the next-generation iPhone may get an edge-to-edge display with no bezels on the top and bottom sides as well as Touch ID, speakers, front camera and other elements embedded directly in the screen.
According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple won’t release two separate iPhone 7 Plus and Pro models with single lens and dual lens cameras respectively. Instead, the company will unveil one 5.5-inch iPhone with dual camera and other improvements, for example, 3GB of RAM on board. As to the name of the handset, Kuo believes Apple will stick to the “iPhone 7 Plus”.
Notably, the images shared by @OnLeaks earlier today prove Kuo’s suggestion. As you see, the larger model has a slightly larger cutout for the rear camera and this may mean that the device will get the rumored dual lens sensor. There’re some other things that make the larger smartphone different from the 4.7-inch iPhone 7, you can take a look below.
Apple has been granted a patent for several advanced Smart Covers for the iPad that enhance the functionality of the tablet and allow user to perform a number of actions that make the usage of the device even easier. The Smart Covers described in the patent can serve as additional screens for displaying notifications and widgets that’s why they can become a new way of interaction between a user and the iPad.
According to the latest report from the Economic Times, Foxconn is planning to build a new $10 billion factory in India. The manufacturing facility will be located in the Maharashtra state and specialize in production of Apple devices. Foxconn is reportedly looking for 1,200 acres of land to build the factory. Sources also claim that the tech giant representatives have nearly reached agreement with local authorities, so the start of construction may take place pretty soon.
Apple has just released a new iPhone 6s commercial entitled "Thank You Speech". The new ad stars Neil Patrick Harris and highlights such iPhone feature as always-on Siri. As usual, the commercial is available below and on Apple’s official YouTube channel, so if you have time, I recommend you to take a look at the humorous clip.
In the ad, Harris asks Apple’s virtual assistant to open his note called “Thank you speech” while standing in front of a mirror with a brush.
Today’s ad is not the first one and definitely not the last one from those promoting always-on hands-free Siri. The first suchlike commercial called "Hey Siri" was released in December.
An image showing the iPhone 7 dummy unit has been recently posted on the Internet. As you can see below, the device is similar to the iPhone 6s, however, one can notice several differences that make the handset different from the 2015 model. It should be noted that the image has nothing to deal with leaks from component manufacturers or reliable insiders, so I recommend to take it with a few pinches of salt.
An image that has been recently posted by Nowhereelse lets us take a look at the height and width of the widely-rumored iPhone 7. The leaked schematics reveal that the device may have a height of 138.30mm and width of 67.12mm. What this means is that the new handset will have nearly the same size as its predecessor, the iPhone 6s. Unfortunately, there’s no information about the thickness of the device.