Apple on Monday noted that it would hold its fourth quarter earnings call on Thursday, October 27th. The call will be held at the standard time of 2PM PT/5PM ET, with the earnings release itself being sent out roughly thirty minutes before then.
The earnings call will be important in that it can show how the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are doing as products. While Apple generally offers first weekend sales numbers for new iPhone models, the company said this year that it wouldn’t due to the supply contrasts surrounding the new devices. Many analysts, including KGI, expect that Apple will report slower iPhone 7 sales than it did iPhone 6s sales at this time last year, despite increased popularity of the iPhone 7 Plus and the Jet Black color.
And then some people took it seriously, thereby damaging their new iPhone 7 handsets and violating their warranties in the process.
A recently released tutorial video claims to show a user securing his iPhone 7 with a clamp, then drilling into the iPhone 7’s case with a 3.5 millimeter drill bit to fabricate a 3.5 millimeter headphone jack.
While this technically does produce a hole into which one might insert a headphone plug, it will not make a headphone jack. And it will leave a hole in your phone. And, if you’re not skilled with the drill, you can damage the internals of your iPhone.
Since no one can ever get enough of speed tests and comparisons, the cool cats at EverythingApplePro released a comparison video of the iPhone SE against every model iPhone ever made.
All in all, 13 iPhones were tested including the newly released iPhone SE in order to demonstrate not just how fast the iPhone SE is when compared with the iPhone 5s and 5c it effectively replaced, but also how well it compares with the latest and greatest handsets to come out of Apple’s Cupertino headquarters. There’s even a brief segment on running temperatures for all phones.
They’ve run the numbers and after a preliminary teardown, iPhone 7 component costs are estimated to start at $219.80, which is $36.89 higher than iPhone 6s, according to a preliminary teardown of a 32GB model by IHS Markit.
According to the report, the display remains the most expensive component, clocking in at an estimated $43 while the Intel modem and other baseband chips retail for about $33.90.
Apple’s quad-core A10 Fusion chip is the third most expensive item on the bill of materials, costing an estimated $26.90. Meanwhile, the larger 1,920 mAh battery is said to cost just $2.50.
Some nifty stuff might in be coming down the pipe for iWork.
On Tuesday, Apple released Pages 6.0, Keynote 7.0 and Numbers 4.0 via the Mac App Store. The updates deliver the real-time, cross-platform iWork collaboration that the company promised earlier this month.
In addition to the updates, Apple is apparently working on real-time collaboration features for the suite. This would allow users to edit presentations, documents or spreadsheets with others at the same time across iOS, macOS and web.
Apple is presently working on a fix for an issue that can cause the new Lightning EarPods designed for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to stop working properly, the company said in a statement issued on Monday
When using the EarPods, there’s an occasional bug that can cause the remote portion of the accessory to become unresponsive. While audio will continue to play, the remote does not work, so there’s no way to control the volume, access Siri, or answer a phone call.
As of now, the glitch seems to be intermittent and random and it’s been reported that unplugging the Earpods and plugging them back in seems to temporarily resolve the issue.
Apple plans to issue a fix in an upcoming software update, albeit there’s no word on when it might be released. It’s not known if third-party Lightning-based headphones are affected, but there have been reports of similar bugs with the Lightning adapter. Some headphones, such as Beats headphones with a 3.5mm connector, appear to have a non-functional remote when plugged into an iPhone with the Lightning adapter.
A number of early iPhone 7 adopters have reported that both the regular iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus producing hissing sounds when they’re subjected to a heavy processor workload, such as a game. They continue to function, but it’s a bit disconcerting when most phones are virtually silent.
It’s currently unknown as to what’s causing the hissing sound and suspected causes include coil whine or similar electromagnetic effects.
The 3.5 millimeter headphone jack on the Retina display MacBook Pro could be next on the chopping block.
A number of users have reported Apple asking “Do you ever use the headphone port on your MacBook Pro with Retina display?”
There are several other reports on Twitter from users who have been asked similar questions about the headphone jack, suggesting Apple is exploring the removal of the headphone jack in a future version of the MacBook Pro. Apple has eliminated the headphone jack from the iPhone and may apply the change to other products.