Following the teardown of the Apple Pencil, the iFixit team has just recently performed a teardown of the Smart Keyboard for the long-awaited 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The experts have found out that thanks to using special materials and fabric, the accessory is extremely durable as well as water and stain-resistant. The drawback is that the keyboard can’t be disassembled and repaired without being damaged and made totally unusable. According to iFixit experts, the repairability score is 0 out 10, where 10 is the easiest to repair.
According to the latest report from Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal, Apple plans to launch Apple Pay in China as soon as in February of 2016. The Cupertino-based tech giant has reportedly signed deals with four major banks in China and now focuses its attention on the software side of the Apple Pay launch.
According to the latest document shared by New York lawyers, Apple’s iOS is much more secure than Google’s Android. In particular, they have found out that Google can remotely bypass the passcode, reset it and obtain access to the data stored on the device running Android 4.4 or earlier on demand of law enforcement agency. Currently, 74.1% of all devices are running an older Android version. Those who use handsets and tablets with Android 5.0 or higher on board, are safe as these devices use full disk encryption and thus are not vulnerable.
Apple has just announced that it will open a new Apple Store in China’s capital Beijing later this week. This won’t be a large flagship store, but rather a small outlet located in the shopping center in Chaoyang, which is one of Beijing’s largest districts. This new Apple Retail Store could boast of Genius Bar and a special workshop area for those interested in improving their knowledge of Apple products and software.
A new application has been recently released on the App Store that allows to use the Split Screen mode introduced in iOS 9 to view two separate Safari pages side by side. The app is called Sidefari and it is compatible with the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and the 12.9-inch iPad Pro. If you’re keen on browsing through the Internet and if you need to have lots of webpages open at the same time, you should definitely try Sidefari.
It is Sunday today, so I think it is time for me to tell you about the most interesting articles we have published on our website during the past couple of days. Most of the posts deal with Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro and the stylus designed to work this device called the Apple Pencil. There are also some articles that tell us about the next-generation iPhone 7 and its specs, as well as about the widely-rumored 4-inch iPhone, which may be released in the second quarter of 2016.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, one of Apple’s main suppliers, LG Display, is currently building a new manufacturing facility capable of producing OLED displays for the Apple Watch and other devices. This new plant will allow to increase the number of components manufactured each quarter and as a result, will help Apple and other LG Display partners avoid delays in production and shipment of new smartwatches to customers. DigiTimes reporters, who cite Korea’s Digital Times, claim that the facility will cost the company about $4 billion.
According to the latest report from TrendForce, Apple will indeed release a 4-inch iPhone in the second quarter of 2016. Apart from that, the most recent report indicates that the next-generation iPhone dubbed iPhone 7 will be waterproof and get 3GB of RAM.
The iFixit team has recently performed a teardown of one interesting iPad Pro accessory. This accessory is the Apple Pencil, which is sold for $99 separately from the 12.9-inch tablet and is currently available for purchase in a number of countries of the world.
Apple Looking for Second Apple Watch Supplier, Plans to Sell 4 Million Smartwatch Units This Quarter
According to the latest report from usually-reliable DigiTimes reporters, Apple is looking for a second supplier of the Apple Watch. Currently, Quanta Computer is a sole manufacturer of the wearable device, but the Cupertino-based company is reportedly in talks with Inventec, Wistron and Foxconn Electronics to share orders for the smartwatch between one of these suppliers.
According to the latest report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP), there’re more than 100 million iPhone units in use in the United States. 58 million are iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus units and 4 million are iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus units. With reference to the data published by experts, we can make a conclusion that 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch smartphones are of greatest popularity among the customers in the USA. Another interesting thing is that the demand for devices, which were released in 2014, namely, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, is still very strong. Smaller devices like the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, are gradually losing their share of the US market because of relatively old hardware and their form-factor.
According to the latest figures from Gartner analysts, Apple’s market share on global smartphone market grew 0.6% year-over-year to as many as 13.1% in the third quarter of 2015 ending in September. Still, even such results didn’t help Apple to beat Google’s Android, which is now the most popular smartphone platform.
A well-known reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has recently released a new report with predictions about the iPad Pro sales in the upcoming holiday quarter. According to the expert, in the fourth quarter of 2015, Apple may sell between 2.4 million and 2.6 million iPad Pro units. As to the sales results in the Q1 2016, they may become a bit more modest. Kuo expects Apple to ship about 2.1 million - 2.3 million iPad Pro units to customers worldwide in the first quarter coming after the holiday period.
As it was already mentioned on our website, the iPad Pro went on sale on November 11th. Together with this device, Apple released one smart accessory targeted at designers, photographers and all those who plan to use the 12.9-inch tablet for work. This accessory is called the Apple Pencil and this is a stylus capable of functioning on the 3D Touch display of the large tablet.
The Apple Pencil is equipped with a Lightning connector for charging and this is probably the weakest component of the device that can be easily broken by neglectful users while being on charge. At least you might think so.
Rumors about the release of a 4-inch iPhone early next year are becoming more and more informative. According to the latest report from Macotakara reporters, Apple already has a second-generation iPhone 5s ready for production. Reliable sources close to Apple’s supply chain claim this device is equipped with an A8 processor. Other specs include Wi‑Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, better FaceTime camera and possibly something else.