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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.
It is Sunday today, so let’s take a look at the most interesting posts of the past seven days. Most of the articles this week deal with the new 4-inch iPhone SE and the widely-rumored iPhone 7 that is expected to be released in September. There’re also some posts that tell us about the latest version of Apple’s iOS 9.3.1 and new betas of OS X 10.11.5, watchOS 2.2.1 and tvOS 9.2.1.
According to the results of the latest survey conducted by a firm called Fluent among 2,578 people online, three-fifths of the current Apple Watch owners are planning to buy a new model once it is released even though its design and functionality are currently unknown.
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.
According to the latest report from Drexel Hamilton analyst Brian White, Apple will unveil the new Apple Watch at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference scheduled for June. The second-generation smartwatch is expected to become 20-40% thinner than the current model and may get a number of other new features.
Apple has just shared the behind the scenes footage from its Siri ad featuring Cookie Monster. In case you don’t know, the short commercial was released in March and was dedicated to the always-on Siri on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
Here’s what Apple writes about the latest video from its official YouTube channel:
Go behind the scenes of the commercial, with Cookie Monster and everyone’s favorite personal assistant, Siri.
If you somehow missed the original ad starring Cookie Monster, you can watch it at
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.
According to the latest report shared by IHS, it costs Apple about $160 to manufacture and assemble the entry-level 16GB iPhone SE. The total cost of components is equal to $156.20 and the manufacturing cost makes another $4 per handset. In case you don’t know, in the United States, the retail price of the basic 4-inch iPhone SE model is equal to $399.
According to the video that has been posted to YouTube by SquareTrade, the recently-released iPhone SE is less durable than the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. The experts have recently performed a series of tests including placing the aforementioned devices into the water, dropping them from height and bending with a special machine. The results of these extensive testing procedures revealed that the 4-inch smartphone is the least durable among those tested.
It should be noted that the results of the iPhone SE are not surprising at all, especially if to keep in mind that the device has a design nearly identical to that of the iPhone 5s released back in 2013.
Below you can take a look at the video showing the testing process.
According to the latest report from usually-reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the widely-rumored dual camera will be included only in the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus model to differentiate the device from its smaller sibling.
According to the latest report from people familiar with the matter, Apple’s main rival Samsung is planning to release a foldable smartphone or tablet next year. As noted by ETNews, this will be a 5-inch smartphone opening to a 7-inch tablet. The mass-production of foldable displays for the device will start at the end of this year. The new gadget is expected to be officially unveiled next year. Its price and specs remain unknown.
Apple has released a new build of iOS 9.3.1 with fixes for the recent web links bug affecting Safari, Mail, Chrome and a number of other applications. Over the past couple of days, iOS 9.2.1 and iOS 9.3 users have been reporting about app freezes and crashes after tapping on links inside of these apps. Hopefully, the update resolves the problem.
Here’s what Apple writes about the latest iOS build:
Fixes an issue that caused apps to be unresponsive after tapping on links in Safari and other apps.
If you have a compatible iPhone or iPad and face the aforementioned problem, it is recommended that you update as soon as possible. If your phone or tablet works fine, you can either skip this iOS version or install it, it is all up to you.
The update is available via Software Update section on your device or through iTunes. The size of the new build is 35.3MB.
According to the latest report from a research firm Apteligent, Apple’s iOS 9.3, which was released on March 21st and contained three major bugs affecting thousands of users all over the world, is the most stable version of the mobile operating system over the last couple of years. The experts claim that iOS 9.3 has the lowest crash rate in comparison with iOS 8, iOS 9 and iOS 9.2. In case you don’t know, a crash rate reflects the possibility of a software glitch or any other problem with the operating system.
According to the latest report from Slice Intelligence, the smaller 4-inch iPhone SE lures more Android switchers than the flagship iPhone 6s released in 2015. The figures shared by the analysts are based on the reports about SE pre-orders, so I guess we can trust what we see.
As noted by the experts, about 35% of early iPhone SE adopters purchased an iPhone online in the course of past two years. Nearly 16% of new owners of the 4-inch device are former Android users. If to compare these figures with those of the iPhone 6s, we’ll see that former Android owners made only 10% here.
Apple hasn’t yet announced the exact number of iPhone SE units pre-ordered in the first-wave launch countries. However, the company is expected to do this at a special conference call dedicated to the financial results in the second quarter of fiscal 2016 on April 25th.
Apple is aware of the recent problem with opening links in Safari, Mail and a number of other applications on iOS 9.3 and iOS 9.2.1. Moreover, according to the latest report from TechCrunch, the company is already working on a fix for the bug that will be included in the next minor update for the mobile operating system. We need to be patient and wait for the newer build of IOS.