News tagged: Apple iPhone
Production of the next iPhone is starting earlier than usual this year, reports BlueFin Research Partners. Analysts with the group say Apple has pushed up the iPhone 8's production timeline, but there's no indication the expected release date has changed.
Apple is facing a class action lawsuit in California that claims the company intentionally broke FaceTime on iOS 6 to push more consumers to iOS 7. The suit also says iPhone 4 and 4s units that were forced to upgrade ended up being more likely to crash.
Apple has reported an all-time high for its average iPhone sale price. The average phone sold by the company during the last quarter cost $695, up $4 over the average price from the same quarter last year. Apple sold a total of 78.3 million units and had $54 billion in revenue.
The presence of Apple in India is growing, but the company still has a long way to go before it'll be one of the top smartphone companies in the market. During 2016, Apple sold 2.5 million iPhones in India, reports Counterpoint Research. It was tenth overall.
Apple intends to improve Siri in time for the iPhone 8. The digital voice-controlled assistant now has to compete with multiple alternative assistants, necessitating continued upgrades. In its current state, Siri isn't really ahead of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.
Almost every flagship Android smartphone includes some kind of wireless charging technology, and it is safe to assume that in 2017, there won't be flagship smartphone without wireless charging. This also includes Apple's new iPhone, which is once again rumoured to come with
Facial and gesture recognition might be included with the iPhone 8. Timothy Arcuri, a Cowen and Company analyst, believes the phone may use a laser sensor and an infrared sensor near the front-camera for facial recognition. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has claimed the same.
AT&T's 2G network has finally shut down. The carrier says it turned off the network on January 1, with one of the only notable impacts being that the original iPhone no longer has cellular service. AT&T began planning the 2G shutdown years ago. 2G was live for a decade.
The iPhone 8 (7s) is reportedly going to include IP68 water resistance, certifying it's less vulnerable to water exposure than the iPhone 7. Apple's current handset is only IP67-certified. This upgrade would put the iPhone in the same class as the Galaxy S7 and likely the S8.
Foxconn has reported a decline in profit for the first time since 1991, the year it went public. Nikkei reports the decrease was connected to "lukewarm demand" for the iPhone 7. The manufacturer reported $136 billion in revenue in 2016, down 2.8% from the prior year.
Apple is reportedly going to cut down on its use of metal with the iPhone 8. The handset is said to use a new stainless steel frame and a glass back, making it somewhat reminiscent of the iPhone 4. This claim comes from DigiTimes, though others have reported on the glass back.
iPhone and iPad users can now join the Office Insider program, giving them early access to new Office suite features. The program gives Microsoft a way to receive more feedback, which has reportedly resulted in better publicly released versions of the software.
The first iPhone, a device that arguably shaped the current mobile market, was introduced by Apple 10 years ago today. Prior to its existence, the handset market already featured smartphones, but the current wave of touchscreen-centric phones had yet to arrive.
Samsung's Gear S2, Gear Fit 2, and Gear S3 smartwatches finally work with the Apple iPhone. Samsung said in December 2015 that it would bring iOS support to the Gear S2 by the middle of January 2016. It took much longer for full support to actually roll out.
iOS 10.3 will reportedly see the addition of a "theater mode" for those who want to be both polite and connected when at a cinema. Sonny Dickson, a well-known leaker, tweeted about the feature which is said to appear as a "popcorn-shaped control center icon."
Apple is being sued in Texas due to the contribution of distracted driving to a car accident in 2014 that led to the death of a 5-year-old girl. The child's family is suing Apple because the man responsible was using FaceTime. Other family members were injured.
Like it did this year, Apple is going to cut its iPhone production going into the first quarter of 2017. Suppliers expect a 10% cut in handset production, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The cuts apply to the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. A couple contributing factors exist.
While Foxconn may be considering US iPhone production, it's unlikely Apple's phones will stop being made in China. The New York Times reports the Chinese government has made China a relatively unbeatable place for business through the application of incentives and other benefits.
There was some talking about TSMC having problems with its 10nm manufacturing process and that Apple and Qualcomm chips are affected. Today, the company refuted those rumours, saying both A10 and A11, as well as Snapdragon 835, are "totally on track."
The latest Black Jet iPhone 7 option is currently one of the most popular color, and it is so popular that some companies decided to launch the same color for some of their own phones. One of those companies was also Samsung, who launched Black Pearl Galaxy S7 edge.