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Apple is facing a tough road to get iPhone fans to upgrade their devices regularly as in years past. Slowing sales and upgrade rates aren't just an Apple problem; most smartphone makers see the same issues as users are holding onto devices as retail prices climb and feature updates between models are incremental at best. Analyst Toni Sacconaghi from Bernstein has stated that the iPhone upgrade cycle for the average consumer is now a lengthy four years. In 2018, the average iPhone buyer upgraded their device every three years. The analyst also noted that the battery replacement program contributed... Read more...
Privacy is a big deal for many people around the world and many of the devices that we use do a poor jobs of protecting our data. Amazon, for instance, has been in hot water for sharing Alexa data and voice recordings with other users by mistake. Major tech firms have been caught up in privacy issues, particularly Facebook, with privacy violations that could result in record-breaking FTC fines. A report has now surfaced that many major companies with iPhone app are using a service that records every swipe and tap that the user makes without first asking for permission. Among the apps allegedly... Read more...
Anyone who was ever tired to buy prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses online knows that it's hard to find something that looks good on your face without having the frames in your hands. A new app from Warby Parker is using augmented reality to solve the dilemma of trying on glasses without actually having the frames there to put on your dome. AR certainly hasn't taken off like Apple or Snap hoped with its Spectacles, but this virtual try-on feature in the updated Warby Parker app is very cool. The app uses AR to overlay glasses in whatever frame style you choose on your face. Warby Parker has... Read more...
Apple has been struggling a bit with iPhone sales as it has allegedly slashed production numbers for Q1 2019 amid soft demand. Apple isn't the only smartphone maker feeling the pinch of a soft market, while iPhone sales are down, sales of Android devices are faltering, particularly in the high-end range where Samsung and Apple dominate. The weak demand is in part due to prices growing, and consumers are waiting for 5G devices to hit the market before upgrading. Apple has had a particularly hard road in China where its high-prices are sending consumers to Chinese brands like Huawei and Xiaomi, but... Read more...
Apple caught some heat over its throttling mechanism in iOS, which reduces performance when the built-in battery degrades to a certain point. In response to the outrage that followed, Apple offered to replace out-of-warranty batteries at a discounted price—$29, versus $49. Unfortunately, the discounted offer expired at the start of 2019. However, if you're willing to take matters into your own hands, you can still install a fresh new battery for $29. This means going the do-it-yourself (DIY) route, which can be frightening when you're working with an expensive and delicate electronic device.... Read more...
The vast majority of Apple's product manufacturing takes place overseas, and mostly in China. Labor costs are cheaper in China than they are in the United States, and while Apple CEO Tim Cook contends that is not the reason why, we have to think it plays a role. Even if that was not the case, however, there are other challenges in bringing more of Apple's manufacturing to the US. Something as simple as a screw could stand in the way. More on that in a minute, but first let's discuss why this matters. There are increasing tensions between the US and China, primarily over cybersecurity—the... Read more...
We're sure that all of you have encountered this scenario at some point. You have guests over that need access to your Wi-Fi network to download a large file quickly quickly to avoid hitting their metered LTE connection. You then have to go fishing around for your network password that they would need to input. A new device called Wifi Porter is looking to make hopping on to your network dead simple for folks that come over to your house for a visit. The relatively small block of wood houses an embedded NFC chip. All you have to do is program the Wifi porter once with your login in credentials,... Read more...
Things aren't looking great for the smartphone market overall in 2019. J.P. Morgan is predicting that the biggest impact in the sagging smartphone realm will be felt by high-end device makers like Apple and Samsung. A note from J.P. Morgan to investors predicts that iPhone units will decline year-over-year in 2019 due to extended replacement cycles and lackluster demand in China. Analysts at the firm predict that overall smartphone industry sales will shrink between 4.8% and 5.5% in 2019. That is significantly larger than the 2.9 to 3.3% loss the industry saw in 2018. Recovery is predicted to come... Read more...
Earlier this month, Apple issued its first revenue guidance revision in over a decade in part due to soft iPhone sales. Apple placed most of the blame on weakness in the great China area, which was compounded by the country's trade war with the United States. But China isn't the only reason for the revenue shortfall. The wounds were also self-inflicted by way of Apple's battery replacement program that was announced in late 2017. To appease customers after it was discovered that the company had been throttling iPhone performance (due to underperforming and worn batteries)... Read more...
You can only push prices so far before customers start turning away from your products. That seems to be the case with Apple's 2018 lineup of iPhones, which are the most expensive ever introduced for customers. A new report indicates that many Chinese retailers have taken the uncommon step of slashing the prices of relatively new iPhones in order to win the attention of customers. According to Reuters, popular Chinese retailers like Suning and JD.com are discounting models like the iPhone XR by as much as $118 off its starting price. In total, six retailers have instituted dramatic price cuts... Read more...
Apple recently admitted that it hasn't been selling its latest generation iPhone models at the clip it expected, and it was also reported that the company told its iPhone suppliers to cut back production. Even so, the company is forging ahead with new models. For 2019, the company may release three more iPhone models, including one with three rear cameras. It will be interesting to see what kind of price points Apple's upcoming phones hit. The smartphone sector at large is in a bit of a slump, in terms of demand, and part of the reason could be the high price tags attached to flagship models. The... Read more...
A report out of Taiwan says Apple has slashed production of its newest generation iPhone products this quarter as it deals with softer than expected sales. The report comes just days after Apple CEO Tim Cook lowered the company's revenue guidance, which he attributed in part to "economic weakness" in emerging markets. According to the report, Apple in December told its iPhone suppliers to scale back production by 10 percent. If true, this would be the second time in just two months that Apple has instructed its iPhone suppliers to make fewer units. Sources who are supposedly familiar with the matter... Read more...
Few things are more embarrassing to big brands than mistakes on social media. Android device makers certainly have been embarrassed on multiple occasions by social media folks who forget that when you Tweet from an iPhone, the little "via Twitter for iPhone" tag goes with your post. Huawei found this out the hard way around midnight on December 31 when a post to its official Twitter account was made to wish the world a happy 2019. via Marques Brownlee The post itself was fine; the embarrassment came in the fact that the tweet was posted via an iPhone. While a mistake of this sort is nothing new,... Read more...
It looks as though not all is well in Cupertino. In a rather odd and rare break from Apple’s usual cadence with respect to its earnings releases, CEO Tim Cook posted an open letter to investors this afternoon to state that it has revised its revenue guidance downward for the December quarter (fiscal Q1 2019). When Apple issued it fiscal Q4 2018 earnings report in early November, it forecasted revenue of between $89 billion and $93 billion for fiscal Q1 2019. Now, however, Cook is warning that revenue will come in at right around $84 billion. That is a shortfall of $5 billion at... Read more...
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