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The iPhone X Is Hurting Apple’s iPhone 8 Pre-Orders, Analyst Say

It’s not a surprise anymore. We all know that people would always choose and buy the latest iPhone. We don’t know what’s Apple thinking why they release the iPhone X when iPhone 8 is still new in the market.

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If you’re holding out for an iPhone X, you may not be alone, meaning the device is likely to be in high demand at the end of October.

Pre-orders for the new Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are underway, and unusually, even now you can still order one and receive it on release day. Analysts examining the data related to those orders say many people are holding back, and haven’t decided to grab Apple’s latest hardware yet. The reason? The iPhone 8 will only be Apple’s latest device for about a month, at which time the iPhone X will be released, and it’s a very different beast. The consensus is, Apple fans are waiting for the X, which means the real iPhone rush will start at the end of October.

Data published by analyst Gene Munster shows the new iPhone models had a one- to two-week delivery time over the first weekend after pre-orders went live, while some models still have a September 22 release day delivery date attached. It’s noted that compared to previous years, the more expensive but better-equipped 8 Plus also has a shorter lead time, suggesting either supplies are greater or that people are saving their money.

The evidence of a less-than-enthused response to the iPhone 8 continues. In previous years, some desirable new iPhone models have had a three- to six-week wait attached by this point, analysts at KGI Securities say. It believes the iPhone X is a prime reason why the iPhone 8 is so readily available. Pre-orders are traditionally placed by early adopters and hardcore Apple fans, who are more likely to be attracted to the iPhone X than the mildly updated iPhone 8.

Read more: https://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/iphone-8-iphone-x-pre-order-rush-news

 

4 REASONS NOT TO INSTALL IOS 10.1 BETA & 4 REASONS YOU SHOULD

Love it or hate it, I guess Apple doesn’t leave you with no choice.

 

The iOS 10.1 beta and its collection of features make it a tempting install ahead of its official release later this year. While there are certainly some reasons to consider installing the early version of Apple’s latest iOS 10 update, there are also some reasons to skip the iOS 10.1 beta.

Apple’s iOS 10.1 update is confirmed and it’s slated to arrive for iPhones, iPads and iPod touches later this year. The company hasn’t confirmed a specific iOS 10.1 release date but it will likely land before the year is out.

The iOS 10.1 release date should arrive later this year but you can try Apple’s new operating system long before that thanks to the iOS 10.1 beta.

iOS 10 Compatible Devices

Apple’s iOS 10.1 beta is available for developers and to the general public via the company’s Beta Software Program.

While most people will want to wait for the final iOS 10.1 release later this year, others might want to give the iOS 10.1 beta a go right now.

 

Installing early software like the iOS 10.1 beta has its benefits but there’s also a downside to installing Apple’s early iOS software. We want to touch on both here.

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to install the iOS 10.1 beta on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, take a look at our list of reasons to install and skip the new version of iOS 10. It should help you onto one side of the fence or the other.

 

Read more: http://www.gottabemobile.com/2016/10/10/4-reasons-not-to-install-ios-10-1-beta-5-reasons-you-should/

The new iPhone 7 will likely be unveiled on September 7: Here’s what to expect

Here is the later update on your most awaited phone from Apple.

 

August 29, 2016 update: Apple has made it official: something’s happening on September 7 — and it’s most likely the debut of the iPhone 7 (and the Apple Watch 2).

As was rumored for the past few weeks, the company will indeed be hosting an event on the first Wednesday in September; we now know it’s scheduled for 10 a.m. PT and going down at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. This puts us on track for a likely retail release on September 16 or 23.

Here’s a quick rundown of what to expect from Apple at that September 7 event. As a reminder, these range from official reports from anonymous sources to flat-out rumors and educated guesses:

  • New 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models, presumably called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, respectively.
  • Very similar physical designs to the existing iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. (A radically redesigned iPhone with no home button is said to be coming in 2017.)
  • A larger, improved camera on the iPhone 7, plus a dual-camera system exclusive to the larger the iPhone 7 Plus.
  • No headphone jack on both new phones.
  • A pressure sensitive home button, using technology similar to that found on the 3D Touchscreen.

 

Read more: http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-7/

HTC and Apple top smartphone brands in Taiwan

“Ever wonder what’s hot in other countries? If Samsung tops Korea, does it mean that the same goes with its nearby countries? Well, I guess that does not follow.”

 

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30 Magazine named HTC Corp. and Apple Inc. Taiwan’s most used mobile brands in a survey released Tuesday, the Central News Agency reported.

For the third consecutive year, HTC topped thehttp://wearegeeksnotnerds.com/wp-admin/post-new.php mobile phone category of the 30 Magazine Brand Survey of the Young Generation. 26.4 percent of respondents use the Taoyuan-based brand, according to the Central News Agency.

Apple shared first place with HTC, as 26.4 percent of respondents to the survey indicated their preference for the iconic California-based brand, while Sony came in a close third at 24.3 percent.

But Apple far outpaced HTC in the “Most Desired Mobile Phone Brands” category, placing first with 45.3 percent of respondents favoring it. HTC was a distant second at 15 percent and Sony was third at 14.6 percent.

In the survey, 30 Magazine ranks the most used and most desired brands in 20 products and services in five main categories — 3C technology, lifestyle, food and beverage, entertainment and wealth management.

The online survey was conducted together with the research firm Eastern Online Co., and carried out in March with the results based on 1,068 valid samples among people aged 25-34.

The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.0 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level, according to the Central News Agency.

 

Source: http://technews.co/2015/05/01/htc-and-apple-top-smartphone-brands-in-taiwan/

New 21.5-inch Apple iMac announced with 4K display for $1,499

“Thin is beautiful! Who can even resist this beauty?”

 

Apple’s smaller iMac is finally going 4K. The 21.5-inch iMac is being updated today with a faster processor, faster RAM, and improved graphics. But the most compelling update is the new option of a 4K display. It’s a huge improvement over the old 1080p display, making the iMac’s entire screen look sharp and vibrant.

In fact, the iMac’s screen actually looks more vibrant than ever. Apple is using a new display tech on the 4K model that it says can show 25 percent more colors — primarily reds, greens, and yellows. That means colors should be stronger and more accurate. It’s not the kind of thing that lets you look at the display once and see how much better it is — although, the 4K will do that on its own — but it’ll very likely make whatever you’re streaming off of Netflix all the more mesmerizing. The improved color reproduction is also coming to a refresh of the 27-inch 5K iMac.

The 21.5-inch iMac is also getting a much-needed spec refresh. The line hasn’t really been updated in over two years, and today it’s taking the step up to Intel’s Broadwell processors. That may not sound very exciting — Broadwell is technically one generation old — but these are actually relatively new processors, having only made it out of Intel’s factories in June. And while Skylake is out there, Skylake chips with Iris Pro graphics aren’t, and that’s probably the reason why the iMac is seeing what seems to be a delayed upgrade. Apple’s cheapest iMac includes a 1.6GHz dual-core i5, while the 4K version begins with a 3.1GHz quad-core i5 — you’ll probably want to upgrade.

The processors upgrades mean that the higher-end iMac models also include Iris Pro graphics, which should be particularly useful for pushing around the 4K machine’s extra pixels. RAM has also been improved across the board from 8GB of 1600MHz LPDDR3 to 8GB of 1867GHz LPDDR3, upgradeable to 16GB. This update also adds Thunderbolt 2 and a larger storage option.

While Apple has changed basically all of the key features on the inside, the iMac’s external hardware is the same as it has been. It’s still impressively slim and stylish. The black bezels around the display are starting to feel large when compared to, say, the MacBook, but they aren’t really something you notice when there’s a large 4K screen taking up most of your vision.

That said, there will be a few visual differences around the new iMac: Apple is updating its standalone keyboard, trackpad, and mouse, with the former two getting design overhauls. The keyboard and mouse come with the iMac by default, and you’ll be able to opt for the (much more expensive) new trackpad.

Just like Apple only brought 5K to its top-of-the-line 27-inch iMac last year, the company is only offering 4K as an option on its most expensive 21.5-inch machine. It’ll start at $1,499, while 1080p models will continue to start at $1,099. It’s a big jump, but there’s also a big power and quality difference between the two tiers. In a brief test of the 4K model, the actual performance seemed like nothing to write home about — the display, however, should be enough to distract you during any unexpected load times. All models are shipping today.

Photography by Sean O’Kane.

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See more: http://www.theverge.com/2015/10/13/9512505/new-apple-imac-announced-specs-price-release-date-21-inch

Iphone 6S Sales Higher

We did not realize that there would be that much demand still for Apple iPhone especially with Google andriod phone announcing 2 nexus phone with andriod 6.0 on top of the fact that this launch is for the “s” version of the previous model.

The 6s like the 5s and 4s before is more of a update in software and hardware with no major visible physical changes as such their sales are usually not that anticipated as say iPhone 7 which usually comes with a new look. We also know for a fact that the next model of iPhone would be launch next year around sept. if trends are to continue. This is why we are shocked that the opening weekend sales is 3 million units higher than that of the previous year where a new model upgrade from iPhone 5s to iPhone 6 is launched

 

“Apple® today announced it has sold more than 13 million new iPhone® 6s and iPhone 6s Plus models, a new record, just three days after launch. iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will be available in more than 40 additional countries beginning October 9 including Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain and Taiwan. The new iPhones will be available in over 130 countries by the end of the year.” Source:http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2015/09/28Apple-Announces-Record-iPhone-6s-iPhone-6s-Plus-Sales.html

This might be because of the mutli touch interface that the new phone would bring compared to the iPhone 6. Still this means that while there are more competitors in the smart phone market, the brand of Apple is still high on the consumer minds.

 

Amazon To Ban Sale Of Google and Apple’s Video Streaming Devices Due To Non-Compatibility With Prime Video

“Now its a war! If Amazon is doing this to monopolize the market, then I guess there will be a huge impact later on.”

 

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Competition between online retailers has often left us gawking at the blatant disregard for anything resembling a healthy spirit of competition. That is probably why, when Amazon brought its market reach to bear upon slowing the sales of media streaming products from Google and Apple, we weren’t all that shocked.

As per a Bloomberg report, Amazon has sent an email to various marketplace resellers, that quite clearly expresses its inability to post listings for the Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast video streaming products after October 29 — devices which incidentally, are not an easy fit for Amazon’s own video service, the Prime Video.

As per Amazon,

Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime, It’s important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion.

Other devices, including Microsoft’s Xbox, Sony’s PlayStation and Roku Inc.’s hardware — all of which are quite compatible with Prime, are completely unaffected by the change.

Another reason behind banning these products could be the fact, that several of them offer services similar to Amazon’s Fire Stick, and can be used to plug into television ports to stream videos from Netflix and Prime Video. Hence, Amazon is probably hoping to boost sales of the Fire Stick, already the company’s most selling electronic gadget, by refusing to host competing devices on the markets.

However, the move has drawn criticism from various sectors, who labeled Amazon’s excuses about wanting to avoid consumer confusion as “especially weak”. As per Michael Pachter, Analyst at Wedbush Securities, Los Angeles, the move …

 

 

Read more: http://technews.co/2015/10/03/amazon-to-ban-sale-of-google-and-apples-video-streaming-devices-due-to-non-compatibility-with-prime-video/

 

 

Apple’s iPhone 6S announcement: what to expect

“Hearing this latest innovation in IPhone 6s, would you spend your money on it? Or you’ll be more patient to wait for the release of IPhone 7.  Well maybe, I wouldn’t even second though on it if  I have all the resources!”

 

It’s that time of year again. For five years now, Apple has held a big event around September to announce the next iPhone — or, as in the past two years, the next iPhones. This year is no different. Apple is holding a major event on Wednesday, September 9th in one of the biggest San Francisco conference halls it’s ever occupied. We’re expecting two new iPhones, but the announcements won’t stop there.

This is going to be a big event. If the reports coming out of Cupertino are accurate, we may also be seeing a long-awaited refresh of the Apple TV, a bigger and more capable iPad, and even an updated iPad mini. For all of the details on what to expect — including which of these announcements are a lock and which are just maybes — we’ve put together a full preview of the event below.

The event itself kicks off Wednesday, September 9th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. As always, you’ll be able to follow along with our live blog for immediate updates on Apple’s announcements.

iPhone 6S & 6S Plus

The basics

Wednesday’s main event will be two new iPhones: the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus, as they’ll almost certainly be named. As with prior “S” years, these two phones should maintain the same design that the iPhone already has, albeit with some minor tweaks. Most notably, both phones are expected to be ever so slightly thicker, according to analyst projections and leaked prototypes. That’s for a few possible reasons, such as to make room for new components, to account for a change over to the tougher aluminum used in the Apple Watch Sport, or simply to strengthen areas prone to bending.

Force Touch

The biggest new feature of the 6S and 6S Plus is expected to be pressure sensitivity, which Apple calls Force Touch. Force Touch was first introduced on the Apple Watch earlier this year, allowing the Watch’s display to detect when pressure is being applied to it. It’ll likely work much in the same way on the iPhone: when you press down on the screen, it’ll be able to detect where you’re pressing and how hard.

Press the screen for… more menus?Force Touch on the iPhone could be used to pull up new menus or perform specific actions. It might even allow the iPhone to duplicate the functions of a pressure sensitive stylus. More than likely, we’ll have to wait for developers to figure out the most interesting uses for Force Touch — certainly, some games will be able to take advantage of it in clever ways.

Oh, and one final note on Force Touch: according to 9to5Mac, the feature may end up being renamed for the iPhone. Its latest report says that “3D Touch Display” will likely be the branding, with the name referencing Apple’s plan to have three types of touches used consistently throughout the operating system. That includes a tap, a press, and a deeper press. It sounds confusing, but it’s possible that the phone will offer feedback to make the interactions more natural.

Better camera, better specs

Apple will also be giving these iPhones the usual spec bumps. That includes a new, faster processor and supposedly a jump up to 2GB of RAM — finally. The more interesting changes may be around the camera: the new iPhones are expected to have a 12-megapixel rear camera, rather than an 8-megapixel camera like the last four models, according to several reports. It’s also expected to be able to shoot 4K video.

There’ll be a big change for both iPhones’ front cameras, too. That camera is believed to be jumping up to a 5-megapixel sensor with an accompanying flash, which should result in some improved selfies. A flash and a 5-megapixel sensor are pretty standard features …

 

 

Read full article here: http://www.theverge.com/2015/9/4/9259567/apple-iphone-6s-release-rumors-tv-ipad-preview

Apple Starts Early Production on Next-Generation iPhones With Force Touch

“Well I guess, Apple users will have something to look forward to in their favorite smartphone. But let’s wait for more updates in the coming weeks.”

Apple is starting production on its next-generation iPhones, reports Bloomberg, and the new models are equipped with Force Touch capabilities. Force Touch, first introduced with the Apple Watch, is a feature that’s able to distinguish between a light tap and a harder press, enabling a range of new gestures.

The two new iPhones will retain the same 4.7 and 5.5-inch display sizes, with an exterior design that’s largely unchanged. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has suggested the addition of Force Touch could make the iPhone 0.2mm thicker, but it is unclear if that rumor is accurate.

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“Apple Inc. has started early production of new iPhone models with a feature called Force Touch, which senses how hard users are pressing down on a screen, people with knowledge of the matter said.

Its newest iPhones, in the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions as the current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, will have a similar exterior design, the people said. Volume manufacturing is scheduled to ramp up as soon as next month, they said.

Because the design of the new iPhones will remain the same, Bloomberg‘s sources believe final assembly will go ….

Read more: http://www.macrumors.com/2015/06/26/iphone-force-touch-early-production/

Samsung creates display unit for Apple’s products: report

“Just when you think both have bad bloods with each, then I think we got it all wrong. In the end, it  is all about business after all.”

 

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South Korea’s Samsung Electronics is said to have set up a 200-people special unit to focus on screens for Apple’s products.

According to Bloomberg on April 15, unnamed sources disclosed that the unit was created on April 1 and belongs to Samsung Display Co. The unit’s primary job is to help develop products and may also help with sales. The report said Samsung only allows limited information sharing within the group and forbids the members to …

 

Read more: http://technews.co/2015/04/16/samsung-creates-display-unit-for-apples-products-report/