News tagged: Apple iPhone
From having only one flagship smartphone, Apple has come to two models with a standard iPhone 7 and a larger iPhone 7 Plus. For 2017, the company wants to expand its offering by launching a third flagship model codenamed "Ferrari" if the report from China is accurate.
Apple is trying to reduce the size of the iPhone 8 however it can, including by potentially shrinking the handset's speakers. A patent from November 2014 details a "mechanically actuated panel acoustic system" that would reduce the speaker space in an iPhone, iPad, or MacBook.
Some iPhone manufacturing could soon move to India, a transition that's reportedly been considered for years. The Wall Street Journal reports Apple is speaking with Indian officials about bringing manufacturing to the country. In exchange, it wants to receive incentives.
Foldable displays made by LG will enter mass production in 2018, with the components intended for Apple, Google, and Microsoft, reports ETNews (South Korea). The next iPhone is said to included a curved display, at least with one of the models, rather than a foldable display.
Occipital has introduced an iPhone-based mixed reality headset called Bridge and an accompanying platform. The headset ships in March for $399, though a $499 Explorer Edition will begin shipping to developers next week. It's compatible with the iPhone 6, 6S, and 7.
The iPhone 7s and 7s Plus will be released by Apple later next year. According to Mac Otakara (Japan), the phones will be offered in a new red color and they'll use the same core design as the iPhone 7. Internal changes, such as an upgrade to the A11 processor, will be present.
Apple's primary iPhone manufacturer, Foxconn, is in talks to more significantly expand its operations in the United States. The company confirmed its interest in opening assembly plants in the US. It says more details about the expansion will be available at a later time.
Reports about the iPhone 8 using a curved OLED display are piling up. The latest rumors suggest Interflex, BH, and Samsung Electro-Mechanics will supply the necessary components for Samsung Display to manufacture the panels. Availability of OLED parts is increasing.
One of Foxconn's managers in Shenzhen, China has been charged with stealing $1.56 million worth of iPhones over the course of his employment. He stole iPhone 5 and 5s units from a factory and proceeded to sell them to various stores between 2013 and 2014.
Apple launched an iPhone 6s battery replacement program a couple weeks ago and now it has released a tool that'll help consumers find out if they're eligible. The program's page now includes a serial number checker. The battery problem causes units to shut down.
IDC expects 2016 to be the "first full year of declining shipments for Apple's iPhone," while Android has seen a rise in shipments and market share. Even though sales of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aren't bad, IDC believes Apple is in for another decline in Q4.
Next year's iPhone, tentatively known as the "7s" or "8," might include a curved OLED display. Apple is testing more than 10 prototypes, according to the Wall Street Journal, and information from suppliers suggests at least one model is likely to have a curved display.
If you thought there is something wrong with your iPhone and short battery life, don't worry it is just the latest iOS update. While the latest iOS 10.1.1 update brings "stability improvements and bug fixes," according to multiple user reports, it also brings a new battery bug.
LG's Innotek, a component company, is reportedly working with Apple on a camera module that's designed for 3D photography. The module doesn't have a set release date, but it might be included in next year's new iPhone, reports The Korean Economic Daily.
The iPhone may receive wireless charging next year with the help of a new all-glass casing. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reports a wireless charging system will be included in next year's lineup and it'll be supplied exclusively by Pegatron. The glass makes wireless charging easier.
Apple received record-breaking profits from its iPhone sales last quarter even though those sales were lower than in prior years. Strategy Analytics reports Apple had 91% of profits in the global smartphone market during the third quarter. That comes out to around $8.5 billion.
Apple is reportedly working with startups in the augmented reality (AR) field to bring some AR features to its iPhone camera app. Business Insider says Apple is also relying on teams from Metaio and Flyby Media, two AR/VR companies it acquired between 2015 and 2016.
Apple plans to release three new iPhone models next year, including one OLED model, says KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. The 5.5-inch OLED iPhone will be joined by two LCD models, tentatively known as the iPhone 7s (4.7-inches) and iPhone 7s Plus (5.5-inches).
We are already past the peak of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, reports KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. In the coming months, shipments will decline and they've already fallen in November. Kuo predicts Apple's suppliers will adjust their iPhone shipment estimates down by 5-15%.
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