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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.
It is Sunday today, which means it’s time to talk about the most interesting stories of the past seven days. Let’s not waste time and discuss posts worth your attention right now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple has today released new 12-inch MacBook models with updated Skylake Intel Core M processors, Intel HD Graphics 515, faster SSD storage and RAM and additional hour of battery life. Externally, the laptops look just like the 2015 models, however, according to Apple, they are 25% faster. Apart from that, there’s now a rose gold 12-inch MacBook that matches the iPhone lineup.
Every year, Apple organizes a special event for its developers called the Worldwide Developers Conference or WWDC. Up to this day, the official dates of the 2016 conference remained unknown, however, today, Siri surprisingly revealed the information about the upcoming meeting. According to Apple’s virtual assistant, WWDC 2016 will take place June 13th to June 17th in San Francisco.
According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will completely redesign the iPhone in 2017. Instead of the all-aluminum body, the company may adopt the glass casing for the next-generation handset. Apart from that, the new device may get an AMOLED screen, the expert believes.
Apple has recently filed a patent for a brand new type of keyboard without physical keys that is based on the advanced Force Touch technology. Currently, Force Touch is used in MacBook trackpads as well as in iPhone and Apple Watch screens.
HP has just unveiled something the company calls “the thinnest notebook in the world”. The laptop is called the Spectre and it’s only 10.4mm thick. Its rival, the 12-inch MacBook introduced in 2015 is 13.1mm thick.
In terms of hardware, these devices are different too. The new HP notebook is equipped with Intel Core i5 or i7 CPU, which is better than the Intel Core M processor included in the ultra-thin MacBook. In general, the device has a premium look and feel and costs $1,170. The pre-orders go live April 25th.
Below you can take a look at the video showing the new HP Spectre.
According to the metadata found in a number of App Store apps, Apple may be planning to allow users to hide or remove the stock applications they don’t want to have on their devices. Frankly speaking, letting users delete the stock software they don’t need can help those who want to keep only the programs they utilize on a regular basis and avoid app clutter. However, since the size of Apple’s stock apps is really small, the ability to delete them won’t actually help to free up space on 16GB devices.
Apple Seeds First Betas iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1 to Developers
Apple has released first betas of iOS 9.3.2, OS X 10.11.5 El Capitan, tvOS 9.2.1 and watchOS 2.2.1 to developers for testing. It is not entirely clear what improvements each version contains, but most likely these are minor bug fixes and security enhancements.