Rumor: Apple could see OLED supply constraint prior to inclusion in next-gen iPhone

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Date: Thursday, November 17th, 2016, 05:37
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Touch Bar, Touch ID

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One popular rumor for the next-gen iPhone is the adoption of OLED screen panels for the handset, especially given that both the Apple Watch and the Touch Bar-equipped MacBook Pro now use OLED components.

Unfortunately, supply constraints may keep OLED panels further down the road.

A new report says that the four main suppliers for OLED displays won’t have enough production capacity to meet demand next year and further into 2018. This is primarily due to OLED screens being more difficult to produce than LCD panels. Right now, the four top suppliers for OLED panels are Samsung Display, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display. But at this point, Apple expects Samsung to be sole supplier in 2017.

Apple apparently plans to ship at least one new iPhone with an OLED screen next year, the 10th anniversary of the smartphone’s debut according to sources close to the story.

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Some iPhone 6, iPhone 6s units experiencing random shutdowns in Chinese marketplace

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Date: Wednesday, November 16th, 2016, 05:40
Category: Apple, battery, Hardware, iOS, iPhone, News

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A number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s units have been strangely – and automatically – shutting off over in China.

Recently, iPhone customers in the country have been complaining about the problem to the China Consumers Association, the group said in a statement on Tuesday. The shutdowns occur when the phone’s battery charge drops to between 60 and 50 percent.

The issue continues to persist in spite of updating to the latest version of iOS and has occurred in both cold environments and at room temperature. After the automatic shutdown, the phones will also fail to turn on without connecting to a power supply.

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Apple now selling refurbished iPhone 6s, 6s Plus units through online store

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Date: Wednesday, November 9th, 2016, 05:59
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, retail

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You can now snag a refurbished iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus model from Apple.

The company has begun offering the refurbished handsets via its online store. The units are available in a variety of colors and capacities. Prices for an entry-level 16GB iPhone 6s start at $449, while a 16GB iPhone 6s Plus can be purchased for $529.

Those prices are $100 to $120 less than brand new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices, which are priced at $549 and $649 for 32GB of storage space. All refurbished iPhone 6s and 6s Plus models are unlocked and SIM-free, meaning they are compatible with all U.S. carriers.

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Rumor: Apple may add “Jet White” color option to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus lineup

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Date: Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, 05:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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If you thought the Jet Black iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus was slick, Apple may be going the opposite route and creating a Jet White version for the handset.

The sixth color option is apparently in the works, though it comes from supply chain sources that “may be unreliable.”

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Rumor: Apple won’t refresh iPhone SE in 2017

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Date: Monday, November 7th, 2016, 05:05
Category: Finance, Hardware, iPhone, retail, Rumor

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As nifty as the iPhone SE may be, it probably won’t be refreshed in the coming year.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report to investors state that Apple will prolong iPhone SE’s lifecycle beyond the usual one year rotation in a bid to boost gross margins and minimize cannibalization of high-end flagships like the iPhone 7.

To the point, Kuo noted that it seems unlikely that Apple will launch a new iPhone SE handset in the second fiscal quarter of 2017, which for Apple ends in March. The 4-inch iPhone variant debuted this year on March 31, leaving some to speculate that a next-generation version with updated internals would see release at roughly the same time in 2017. Kuo does not mention plans beyond the second quarter, meaning a refresh might land later in the year.

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Apple posts $9 billion profit on $46.9 billion in revenue from Q4 of 2016, down from Q4 of 2015 numbers

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Date: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 05:51
Category: Apple, Finance, iPad, iPhone, MacBook, MacBook Pro, News

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Apple’s annual revenue has fallen for the first time since 2001. The company went from $233.7 billion in 2015 to $217 billion in the 2016 fiscal year. This marks a 9 percent decline since 2001, largely due to the continued decline in iPhone sales, down 5 percent year over year.

The company sold 45.5 million iPhones in the fourth quarter—also its final quarter of fiscal 2016—though that includes just two weeks of iPhone 7 sales and only the earliest signs of Samsung’s Galaxy Note7 catastrophe impact.

As such, Apple made a $9 billion profit from $46.9 billion in revenue in Q4 of 2016, down year-over-year from an $11.1 billion profit off $51.5 billion in Q4 of 2015. And while profits and revenue are down pretty much across the board, Apple is again choosing to focus on its services, a bright spot in the company’s portfolio. Services revenue, which includes iCloud, Apple Music, iTunes, and the App Store, grew 24 percent to $6.3 billion in the fourth quarter.

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Apple stops signing iOS 9.3.5, makes reverting from iOS 10 to iOS 9 that much harder

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Date: Thursday, October 20th, 2016, 05:59
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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It just got that much harder to revert from iOS 10 to iOS 9.

Apple has stopped signing iOS 9.3.5, effectively preventing anyone already on iOS 10 from downgrading to iOS 9.

The company has stopped digital signing on iOS 10.0.1, making the latest versions of iOS —iOS 10.0.2, and 10.0.3 on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus the only releases anyone can install without unsupported workarounds.

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Apple releases iOS 10.0.3 for iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, looks to resolve cellular connectivity issue

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Date: Tuesday, October 18th, 2016, 05:49
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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If you’re rocking an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus, the iOS 10.0.3 update is just for you.

Apple on Monday released its iOS 10.0.3 update for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handsets. The update addresses an issue that could cause the iPhone 7 to “temporarily lose cellular connectivity.” The workaround to the issue before the update was to turn off Voice over LTE.

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Apple now selling SIM-free iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus units via U.S. online store

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Date: Friday, October 14th, 2016, 05:14
Category: iPhone, News, retail, wireless

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Following tradition, Apple is now offering a SIM-free version of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus handset via its online store in the United States.

The SIM-free option allows customers to buy an unlocked iPhone without choosing a carrier.

SIM-free versions of the iPhone 7 Plus in all capacities list shipping estimates of three to four weeks, with the exception of the Jet Black SIM-free iPhone 7 Plus, which lists a shipping estimate of six to eight weeks.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, informs users not to turn devices on

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Date: Tuesday, October 11th, 2016, 05:52
Category: battery, Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

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Well, Apple’s faulty batteries never caused a company to tell its users to discontinue use of their product outright.

Electronics maker Samsung issued an alert to customers on Monday asking them to turn off their Galaxy Note 7 smartphone units. The units have been spontaneously catching fire. As such, the company halted production of the devices over the weekend.

In a corporate statement, Samsung said it will also “ask all carrier and retail partners globally to stop sales and exchanges of the Galaxy Note 7” while it investigates the cause of the fires.
It also said, “Consumers with either an original Galaxy Note 7 or replacement Galaxy Note 7 device should power down and stop using the device.”

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