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Apple has just quietly launched new smart accessory for the iPhone 6s. This accessory is a thin battery case that may substantially increase the battery life of the handset. While iPhones have been supporting the use of third-party external battery cases since the launch of the iPhone 4 or even earlier, it is the first time the company released its own suchlike product.
The latest report from MacRumors suggests that Apple has gifted its retail employees with a set of urBeats earphones from the Beats by Dr. Dre lineup for the holidays. The retail price of the aforementioned headphones is $99.95. Apple has sent the black and red urBeats headphones to all employees in the world with a packaging saying "Thank You 2015." Giving out presents to its employees, the company shows that without the team of sales specialists, it would be impossible to continue the successful pace on the worldwide market.
It is Sunday today, which means it’s high time I told you about the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Most of the articles this week deal with Apple’s long-awaited 4-inch iPhone that is expected to become something like a copy of the iPhone 5s. There are also some articles that deal with the Apple TV, iPad Pro and the Apple Watch.
Latest survey conducted by Consumer Reports among 58,000 laptop owners who purchased their machines between 2010 and 2015 has revealed that Apple laptops are the most reliable devices on the market. Moreover, MacBooks are less likely to require repairs in the course of 3 to 5 years if to compare with rivals from other vendors. Both Air and Pro MacBook lineups turned out to be extremely reliable and durable.
According to the latest report from a market research firm IDC, the 12.9-inch iPad Pro may stop the decline in the iPad sales. Even though the researchers admit that the global tablet market will continue to decline, Apple may actually improve the position of the iPad on this market and even sell more tablets than in 2014. The reason for this is quite simple: the iPad Pro is a large tablet that can be used with a detachable keyboard. It is a good replacement of the laptop for photographers, designers, artists and all those who need an effective tool for work. iPad market share growth, however, will not be long-term, analysts add. In 2017, Apple will once again see a decline.
Apple is reportedly working on a two updated MacBook Air models. According to what reliable supply chain sources claim, there will be two laptops with 13-inch and 15-inch screens. In terms of design, both laptops should remain similar to the existing models and get a thin all-aluminum body. There are no details about the 11-inch MacBook Air model, so looks like the company is planning to stop manufacturing this device and focus its attention on the 12-inch MacBook, first introduced earlier this year.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple may replace the 3.5mm headphone jack on the next-generation iPhone with a multi-purpose Lightning connector. Apart from that, the new phone called presumably the iPhone 7 may come with redesigned EarPods supporting the new output method. Such rumors have been shared by a Japanese website Mac Otakara. The website has a good track record when it comes to Apple gadgets, so it is a pretty reliable source of information.
Apple has just released a new commercial entitled Someday At Christmas featuring Stevie Wonder Andra Day. The 90-second video shows Wonder and his family members as well as Andra Day singing a song from 1967 called "Someday At Christmas".
The short commercial is available either below, or on Apple’s official YouTube channel, so you can watch it anytime.
Apple is reportedly planning to start using OLED displays in iPhones in 2018. Such rumor has been shared by a Japanese website Nikkei. As noted by the reporters, the company has already begun notifying its suppliers about the switch to a new technology so that they can adjust their production lines or find new partners. Apple has been using LCD screens in its smartphones since the release of the very first iPhone in 2007.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.