According to the latest rumors shared by reliable supply chain sources, the next-generation iPhone may become waterproof and dustproof and get a touch sensitive Home button instead of the physical one. The rumors come from Digitimes, a Taiwanese news website that has a rather mixed track record. Anyway, it goes in line with earlier reports suggesting Apple was planning to equip the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus with a new Home button to make the device thinner and lighter.
According to the latest report published by reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple’s iPhone shipments in 2016 may be lower than those of 2014. The expert believes that due to the lack of ‘attractive’ updates in the iPhone 7, the company may ship around 190-205 million iPhone units this year. Under the “worst case scenario,” Apple may become the only top-five rating vendor to see a decline in smartphone shipments. Depending on the actual sales results, the decline may account for 11.6% or 18.1% year-over-year.
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According to the latest report from usually-reliable Barclays analyst Mark Moskowitz, the 2017 iPhone will be called not the iPhone 7s, but the iPhone 8. The reason for changing the branding is a major redesign and addition of the new advanced features like wireless charging, OLED display and 3D Touch Home button instead of the physical one. Apple is also expected to make the device thinner and lighter than the current model.
As you already know, earlier this week, Apple released a new 12-inch MacBook with better processor, battery and the Rose Gold color option. The device is already available for purchase in the USA and a number of other countries. The prices start at $1,299 for the entry-level configuration.
Since the laptop is in stock at many Apple Stores, first videos and reviews already start to appear on YouTube. One of such early videos shows the brand new Rose Gold MacBook cut with a grinder to reveal its internal components.
Even though the clip doesn’t show anything extraordinary, it’s actually quite entertaining. Take a look below.
According to the latest data shared by Apple, the iOS 9 adoption rate has just reached 84%. This means that 84% of all compatible devices that have regular access to the App Store are now running the most-recent version of the mobile operating system.
Apple has reduced the price of the iPhone lineup in Japan. Such models as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6s and even the recently-released 4-inch iPhone SE can now be purchased 10% cheaper. For example, the entry-level 16GB iPhone SE model was available for about $483. Now its price is equal to approximately $437.
According to the latest report from a research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), Apple’s market share in the United States grew from 28% in March 2015 to 40% in March 2016. What this means is that customers still prefer Apple products and continue buying them. In comparison, Samsung’s share rose from 36% to 37% over the last twelve months.
It should be noted, however, that the aforementioned report is based on the survey conducted by CIRP among only 500 people, so its results should be taken with a few pinches of salt.
Anyway, the numbers shown in the chart below demonstrate a general trend - while the shares of Apple’s rivals decline slowly, the Cupertino-based tech giant continues to improve its position on the market.
As noted by reliable supply chain sources, the demand for Apple’s new 4-inch handset called the iPhone SE is incredibly strong in China. In fact, the device is so popular among the customers that it is taking the market share from Asian vendors, namely, Huawei, Xiaomi, Vivo and Oppo. The reason for such strong demand is most likely connected with the price of the SE. You see, the iPhone SE is the cheapest smartphone Apple has ever created.
Apple will announce the financial results in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on Tuesday, April 26th. Back in March, it was reported that the company will reveal the information about iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Mac sales as well as the amount of money earned during the last couple of months on Monday, April 25th.
After the conference call, Apple is expected to share the audio from the event and publish a detailed report on the financial gains, so stay tuned for more updates on the topic.
Apple has recently unveiled the 4-inch iPhone SE that is extremely popular among the customers in China and other countries. This device may help Apple generate record revenue in this quarter.
Aside from seeding the second beta of iOS 9.3.2 to developers for testing, Apple has released OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan Beta 2. The most-recent update is available through Apple’s dev portal or via Software Update mechanism of the Mac App Store and contains minor stability and performance improvements.
Apple has released the second beta of iOS 9.3.2 to developers. The latest update contains a number of bug fixes, stability improvements and security enhancement and should be installed only by those who need the software for testing purposes. It is not recommended to install the latest build on your main device as it can cause compatibility issues, crashes and freezes.
Earlier this week, Apple released updated 12-inch MacBook models. According to the latest Geekbench results shared by reliable insiders, the laptop with a 1.2GHz processor is about 15% to 18% faster than its predecessor. In the single-core test the laptop managed to earn 2,894 points and in the multi-core test the result was equal to 5,845 points. Apart from that, the new MacBook has a 41.4-watt-hour battery that helps it to work up to 9 hours on a single charge.
According to the data revealed during a special event dedicated to the security of Apple devices, an average iPhone user unlocks their phone about 80 times a day. Apple claims that 89% of those who own a device with Touch ID have the security feature enabled and use it.
Apple has reportedly hired Chris Porritt, former Aston Martin Chief Engineer and Tesla Vice President of Vehicle Engineering. According to the latest reports from reliable tech news websites, the expert will focus on “special projects” that most likely include the development of the long-awaited and widely-rumored Apple car codenamed “Titan”. Porritt can possibly substitute Steve Zadesky who left Apple earlier this year and who was believed to be a lead of the car project.