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Apple may have put up some record numbers for revenue in its last earnings report, but the company reportedly isn’t seeing the kind of demand that it expected for the high-end iPhone X smartphone. Supposed weak demand has allegedly led Apple to slash production of the smartphone in 2018. That reduced production means that Apple suppliers, like Samsung, are now scrambling to find other customers to keep their production lines humming. Reports indicate that Samsung is currently searching for a new customer that can use its excess capacity to produce OLED screens -- capacity that was originally... Read more...
Apple's new 175-acre campus is billed as somewhat of a feat of architectural design, consisting of a ring-shaped, 2.8-million square-foot main building clad in the world's largest panels of curved glass. It is quite the sight to behold, assuming you can actually see it. And therein lies the problem—Apple employees keep crashing into the fancy glass windows, which calls into the question the safety of the design. During its opening last year, Apple designer Jony Ive told Wired that the structure is a "statement of openness, of free movement," as opposed to Apple's culture of secrecy. "While... Read more...
Bugs seem to be a common occurrence when it comes to iOS and macOS these days. That became even more apparent this week after Italian bloggers discovered that you can crash iOS devices (i.e. iPhones and iPads) with a single text message. The bug is actually quite easy to pull off, and involves sending an Indian language (Telugu) character to an iPhone. Once the person receives the text, the iOS Springboard crashes. After that point, the Messages apps can no longer be opened, as it will continually crash while it attempts to load the "offending" character. The only way to break out of the crash... Read more...
Apple is rather notorious for being vague on just how many of each of its products that it sells (the company doesn't give sales breakdowns for specific iPhones and MacBooks, for example). CEO Tim Cook was recently at a shareholders meeting and gave some indication of how well Apple's wearables are doing overall. Wearables include the Apple Watch, AirPods, and Beats headphones. According to Cook, the combined revenue from all those products is nearing that of a Fortune 300 company. How much revenue does that suggest? In 2013 to be a Fortune 500 company you needed at least $4.825 billion in revenue.... Read more...
Apple is on the path to finding "Peace," the internal name of iOS 12 due out this fall. Typically Apple goes all out for its annual software upgrades and crams as many new features and upgrades into its mobile operating system as possible, and then tweaks things throughout the year with incremental updates. This time around, however, Apple is taking a different approach that will see its engineers focus less on new features and more on under-the-hood refinements. That is not to say there will not be any new features for iPhone and iPad users to look forward to. There will be, including a new Digital... Read more...
When Apple's iPhone X was first revealed in the fall of 2017, smartphone users of the “Android persuasion” were quick to point and laugh at the awkward notch at the top of the display. The eyesore houses the front camera and sensors necessary for Face ID facial recognition. However, it appears that Apple may have the last laugh, as Google is reportedly preparing its upcoming Android P operating system to embrace smartphones with notched displays. This news comes to us country of Bloomberg, which says that Google is overhauling the Android user interface and is modifying APIs to allow... Read more...
Some big names are ponying up millions of dollars to own a piece of eMagin, a producer of miniature organic light emitting diode (OLED) displays that have mostly been deployed to military, medical, and industrial fields. In a recent filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), eMagin announced a new stock issuance with Apple, LG, Valve, and others investing over $10 million into the relatively small outfit. The company released a subsequent statement indicating an upsized $11.5 million underwritten public offering, of which it expects to net $10.6 million. It intends to use the... Read more...
Apple is reportedly investigating an alleged fire and explosion from a set of its popular wireless AirPods earbuds. The incident happened to a Florida man who was wearing the earphones at a local gym during his workout. According to James Colon, he was exercising when "white smoke started billowing out" of the AirPods. The man says that he pulled the AirPods from his ear and placed them on some workout equipment nearby and went to get help. When he came back the right AirPod was found in pieces while the left one was intact and without issue. "It was already popped," Colon said. "I didn't see it... Read more...
Apple keeps an ultra tight grip on iOS and is not keen on sharing its proprietary code. Even so, the company's iBoot source code for iOS 9 was recently leaked to the web, and even though Apple's mobile devices now run on iOS 11, it is very likely that some of the same code has been carried over. At least one security researcher called this the biggest leak in iPhone history, which begs the question, how could something like this happen? The answer may have something to do with peer pressure. The leak apparently traces back to a former low level Apple employee who worked at the company's headquarters... Read more...
Apple is not happy at all today with some of its critical source code having been posted online for the world to see. Source code for iBoot, one of the key components in iOS that runs iPhones and iPads, was posted on GitHub. The leak of such proprietary and confidential software could make it easier for hackers to find and exploit flaws in the operating system. The leak could also make it easier for security researchers to find and report flaws to Apple. Apple, like many major companies, has a bug bounty program and for anyone who finds a fault in the boot process, the payout could be as much as... Read more...
The iPhone X is Apple's most expensive smartphone to date, at least in terms of starting price. Potential customers who are interested in the iPhone X are looking at spending $1,000 or more. Goldman Sachs, the investment bank that has raised tens of billions of dollars for Apple, is now reportedly in talks with the company about offering customers financing options when purchasing the high-dollar handset. Citing "people familiar with the matter," The Wall Street Journal says Goldman Sachs wants to partner with Apple on offering loans to customers purchasing a $1,000 iPhone X, which some may find... Read more...
Apple is still trying to dig itself out of trouble over performance throttling of iPhones that have degrading batteries. Apple maintains that it throttles performance to prevent iPhones from shutting down unexpectedly. iPhone users were angry because Apple performed these actions without offering any indication that the throttling was happening. Apple first admitted that it was throttling devices back in December. As part of its penance for the throttling, Cupertino has reduced the cost of a battery replacement down to $29. Apple is also facing a U.S. House inquiry over the throttling of devices.... Read more...
It's out with the old and in with the new (sort of new, anyway) for police officers at Patrol Borough Manhattan South, a large area spanning Wall Street to 59th Street. Over the weekend, the officers assembled at an old police academy in Gramercy Park to pick up their newly issued iPhone 7 handsets, as the department switches over from Nokia devices running on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. The shift from Windows Phones to iPhone hardware was announced last year, at the time just months after the last batch of Nokia devices were handed out to police. NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information... Read more...
Apple's ongoing rift with Qualcomm could see the company turn to other manufacturers to supply high-speed LTE modems for its iPhone products. It was rumored in December of last year that Apple was considering MediaTek as a possible partner, potentially splitting LTE modem orders between Intel and MediaTek, and now there is talk of Apple going exclusive with Intel. In either scenario, Qualcomm would be left on the sidelines. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo wrote in a research note to investors that he believes Intel will be the sole supplier of iPhone modem chipsets by the second half of the... Read more...
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