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Apple's wireless AirPods have proved popular since being introduced a little over two years ago, though in that time they have not received a true refresh. That will eventually change, and perhaps soon. There has been plenty of talk about an AirPods 2 product being in the pipeline, and according to at least one report, Apple will release its second-gen AirPods sometime in the first half of this year. Previously, it was rumored that Apple was going to integrate noise-cancelling technology into is second-gen AirPods, which would be a welcome upgrade. Perhaps even more useful (especially for joggers... Read more...
Throttlegate, batterygate, bendgate... flexgate? It looks as though MacBook Pro owners have yet another hardware failure to watch out for as their devices age. No, we're not talking about keyboards that are crippled by tiny specs of dust; we're talking about the flex cable that is used to connect the 13-inch or 15-inch display panel to the display controller on the motherboard of 2016 and newer MacBook Pro devices. The latest hardware failure has been dubbed “flexgate,” and users who experience it will often see a "stage light effect" at the bottom of the display. A website... Read more...
AMD is on a roll, and we get the sense the company is just getting started. Having reasserted itself into the enthusiast discussion with its latest CPU and GPU architectures, the focus has quickly shifted to its 7-nanometer production designs. That is what AMD's upcoming Navi GPU architecture will be based on, and perhaps hinting that a launch is right around the corner, references to several Navi products have been found inside the source code for a beta update to macOS Mojave. Based on AMD's own roadmaps and past comments, we know that Navi is due to come out sometime this year. What we don't... Read more...
Apple has just released Smart Battery Cases for its 2018 lineup of smartphones, which include the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max. The cases are available in either white or black finishes and aren't exactly aesthetically pleasing with a rather large "hump" on the back that houses the battery. Existence of the cases was first leaked in early December. The new Smart Battery Case will cost you $129 regardless of which iPhone model you have. The Smart Battery Case for the iPhone XR will give you a maximum of 37 hours talk, 20 hours internet, and 20 hours of video. The iPhone XS paired... 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...
For many years, tech geeks have descended on Las Vegas for the annual Consumer Electronics Show or CES as it's more popularly known. Each year we know that Android device makers will be at CES in droves, but the one company that has traditionally eschewed CES each year is Apple. It's a strange decision for one of the most popular smartphone makers in the world to skip one of the biggest electronics conventions in the world, but Apple creates buzz with its own device events each year rather than fight over the CES noise with the masses. Image via Chris Velazco With that in mind, Apple sort of has... Read more...
Apple has had a rough couple of months following the release of it's 2018 iPad Pro after it was discovered that the device bends easily under minimal pressure. Apple attempted to explain away any appearances of bending with the iPad Pro by claiming that it's normal for the iPad Pro to be bent from the factory. Apple's Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Dan Riccio, also attempted to sweep the problem under the proverbial rug by claiming that the iPad Pro meets or exceeds all of the company's high quality standards. These efforts by Apple have done little to quell the discontent of the company's... Read more...
Yesterday, Qualcomm put up €1.34 billion in security bonds in order to enforce a German court ruling in its favor made in late December regarding a bitter patent dispute with Apple. The patents pertained to "power savings technology" used in modern smartphones call envelope tracking. Today, Apple has been forced to pull its iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 from its own stores in Germany. Apple's German website was the first to boot the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, but it remains to be seen if/when other retailers will follow suit. For its part, Qualcomm claims that the court order also covers third-party... 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...
An investor rights law firm is investigating potential security fraud claims on behalf of shareholders of Apple and may end up filing a class action lawsuit. The investigation comes after Apple lowered its earnings guidance for its first fiscal quarter of 2019, in which Apple CEO Tim Cook said he expects the company to end the quarter with $84 billion in revenue. That figure is more than 7 percent lower than Apple's previous forecast of $89 billion to $93 billion, which it issued at the end of its fiscal 2018. "When we discussed our Q1 guidance with you about 60 days ago, we knew the first quarter... 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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