According to the latest report from DigiTimes, Apple has recently asked Samsung and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company to reduce the prices for A9 chips. While the South Korean tech giant has already agreed to cut the prices, TSMC is inclined to refuse. Sources claim this may affect the number of orders for A9 chips the company receives. Looks like Samsung will become the main supplier of 16-nanometer processors for the upcoming iPhone 6s.
According to the results of the research conducted by a firm called Fiksu, we’ll see two new iPhones this fall. To be honest, I’m a bit confused with this piece of news as earlier today a well-known expert claimed that the guys from Cupertino were planning to release three handsets on September 9th, namely, the iPhone 6s, the iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone 6c with a smaller 4-inch display.
Despite the rumors and reports from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and a number of other reliable experts claiming Apple won’t release a smaller 4-inch iPhone called presumably the iPhone 6c, it appears that Apple has changed its plans. What this means is that on September 9th, aside from the long-awaited iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus featuring massive 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch displays and a number of other hardware and software improvements, we’ll see a smaller handset.
According to the latest rumors shared by people familiar with the matter, even though the next-generation iPhone will boast of a more efficient processor, 12-megapixel camera, updated NFC and LTE chips, 2GB or RAM, and a number of other noticeable improvements, its market share may see zero or negative growth in the fourth quarter of this year. Latest estimates from KGI prove that Apple may sell between 65 million and 75 million iPhone units in Q4 2015. As to the reason for such relatively weak sales, it may be connected with problems in the Chinese economy as well as with the limited usage of the widely-rumored Force Touch display.
More and more things point to the release of the next-generation iPhone on September 9th. Yesterday, I showed you a video featuring the iPhone 6s front panel with display assembly compared to the same parts of the iPhone 6. Today, a new video appeared on the Unbox Therapy YouTube channel that shows the leaked back panel for the upcoming handset.
Two other videos showing a leaked part for the upcoming Apple gadget have recently appeared on the Internet. This time we deal with the CAD drawing and the real iPad mini 4 rear panel purportedly manufactured by Apple suppliers. Both videos, which are available below, prove that the next-generation iPad mini will become the thinnest tablet in the lineup and that it will resemble the larger iPad Air in terms of design and shape.
As you already know, Apple is expected to release a new iPhone on September 9th. Even though the mass-production of the next-generation handset is delayed 1-2 weeks, a new video has recently appeared on the Internet showing the leaked iPhone 6s front panel with LCD assembly compared to the same part from the iPhone 6. The video has been posted to MacManiack’s official YouTube channel and is available below.
It is Sunday today, which means I should tell you about the most interesting articles of the past seven days. Let’s not waste time and start right now.
Foxconn has recently decided to invest $5 billion on the construction of a new manufacturing facility in India. The tech giant has reportedly signed a deal with Maharashtra state officials, which means the plans are serious. Re/code reporters write that Foxconn agreed to invest $5 billion over five years.
As I have already told you, the release of the next-generation iPhone and a number of other gadgets is expected to take place this fall. According to usually reliable BuzzFeed reporter John Paczkowski, the guys from Cupertino will show us the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus at a media event on September 9th. Paczkowski notes that Apple may also unveil the next-generation iPad and a brand new Apple TV with a faster A8 processor, its own App Store and other improvements at the same event. If to speak about the larger 12.9-inch iPad, it will be officially announced later, possibly in October or November.
According to the latest report from KGI Securities Ming-Chi Kuo, the mass-production of the next-generation iPhone is delayed approximately 1-2 weeks. Looks like Apple faced some unexpected difficulties in assembling the smartphone. In fact, Apple asked its partners to produce less iPhone 6 units, so that they can focus on the assembly of new devices, which are expected to be released later this year.
According to a leaked document that appeared on the Internet earlier today, the guys from Cupertino have one very special item of expenditure in their budget. As it turns out, Apple spends about $700,000 every year on the security and protection of Tim Cook. What can I say? It’s good to be the CEO of the most successful tech company in the world.
Apple on Tuesday seeded the fifth iOS 9 beta to developers and the third beta to the members of the public beta testing program. Both versions of iOS 9 are identical and contain a wide number of improvements and bug fixes. The fourth pre-released build of iOS 9 was released to developers two weeks ago and the very first beta was unveiled at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
I have recently told you that the number of Apple Music early adopters is now equal to about 10 million. Well, as it turns out, I have made a tiny mistake. According to what Apple Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue has revealed in an interview to USA Today earlier this week, over the five weeks of availability, the number of Apple Music subscribers has reached 11 million. And that is an impressive adoption rate, I must admit. Still, it is currently unclear how many users will continue using the streaming music service after the trial expires.
Just after releasing OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta 6 for developers and seeding OS X 10.11 El Capitan Beta 4 to public testers, the guys from Cupertino have made the third OS X Yosemite 10.10.5 beta available for developers. The release comes nearly one week after the release of the second OS X 10.10.5 beta and about a month after the debut of the very first testing version.