Category Archives: iPhone Hardware

The iPhone 8 is Still Selling Surprisingly Well

Remember when the iPhone 8 was released last year? The tech press was universally unimpressed, and most of them predicted mediocre to poor sales. To be honest, I didn’t find it particularly compelling, either. No one can deny that the 8 and 8 Plus’ almost four year old design is dated, at best. A glass back, new gold color, and wireless charging didn’t change that.

This perception was just exacerbated by the fact that the iPhone X is so much more visually appealing than the 8 and 8 Plus, with its glass curves and bezel-less design. How in the world would this older looking phone with a new price tag compete with the the X on one side, and the less expensive, but very similar looking iPhone 7 on the other? This doesn’t even factor in the constantly improving Android flagship phones from Samsung, LG, and Google, themselves. I can’t say I thought the iPhone 8 was destined for great sales numbers.

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Looks Like the New LCD iPhone May Come in More Colors After All

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There are new, and this time much more credible, rumors that the new less expensive iPhone with an LCD screen will come in a variety of colors to set it apart from the rest of the lineup. However, while the first report showed an iPhone with awful looking variants of green and purple that came out of India, these new rumors come courtesy of our old friend Ming-Chi Kuo, and should much more realistic. Even in his new gig, he is evidently still paying attention to Apple. Old habits die hard, I guess.

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Apple May Be Making the Move to USB-C Chargers This Year

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It looks like Apple is making the move to adopt USB-C with this year’s new iOS hardware. However, unlike the recent rumors that proposed that Apple would be dropping the Lightning Connector from the iPhone in favor of USB-C this year or next, the new charger in the leaked imaged above is more likely to be for use with their USB-C to Lightning Cables. This is good news in my book, as all of our older accessories will still work while Apple gradually phases in the new USB-C bricks.

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Should We Be Surprised Apple Knew the iPhone 6 Was Susceptible to Bending?

I’ll start off by saying that I’m not writing this article to make any excuses for Apple. By being far less than transparent in how they handled the iPhone 6 Plus “bendgate” when it occurred in 2014, they set themselves up for PR problems now that details of what they knew in advance have been made public. They made their bed, and now they will take a few deserved lumps for it. I just don’t understand why people are surprised by what they did and why.

I guess I just don’t buy into the notion that Silicon Valley companies all work off of exceptions to the rules that govern the actions of publicly-traded companies in other industries. While Apple, Google, Facebook, Samsung, Amazon and the like may look and often act differently than their non-tech contemporaries in many ways, at their cores, they still play by most of the same rules. When it comes to the business side, they really aren’t that different from other Fortune 500s. Risk management is one such area, and we have plenty of examples of how Apple handles such issues on a very public stage before.

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The iPhone X Racks Up a 97% Customer Satisfaction Rate in Recent Survey

For all of the recent hand-wringing over whether the iPhone X is or isn’t selling, it still has an enormous impact on the smartphone market. First, we saw all but three or four Android manufacturers blatantly rip off the X’s signature notch earlier this year, but without the Face ID tech that truly sets it apart. Now we have a new survey from market research firm Creative Strategies that shows the iPhone X holding up quite well among those who have purchased one.

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The iPhone X is No More Dead Than the iPhone 5 Was

The only thing the tech press loves more than good Apple news and device rumors is bad Apple news. I guess this just is the tech equivalent of “if it bleeds, it leads.” And when it comes to bad news about Apple sales, it is usually an analyst of one sort or another that is lighting the match that starts the fire.

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The Coming iPhone SE 2 Shows Apple’s Commitment to Keeping a Solid Smaller Device in the Lineup

The rumors of a new iPhone SE 2 have reached the point where its release seems to be a foregone conclusion. According to Japanese website Mac Otakara and known leaker Benjamin Geskin, the new phone should appear sometime between early May and the WWDC Keynote on June 4th. All of the reports rolling in seem to agree that the SE 2 will include a bump to the A10 Fusion processor, and will keep its current form factor and four inch screen. Based on that, a modest press release rollout next month ahead of WWDC seems more likely.

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Piper Jaffray Teen Survey Shows That the iPhone Still Has Room to Grow

Piper Jaffray has released the results of its Spring 2018 Taking Stock with Teens Survey, which contains some very good news for Apple. According to this general survey of 6,000 US teens with an average age of 16, 82% of those surveyed own an iPhone, and a whopping 84% plan to make an iPhone their next smartphone purchase.

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Early iPhone X Plus Rumors Are Gaining Steam

Photo Source: MacX

Over the last four days, we have had two different reports on the 6.5″ iPhone rumored to be coming this year. The first, which came from Asian site MacX, shows a 6.5″ screen and digitizer that is reportedly from a trial run of production equipment.

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2018 Predictions and Resolutions: The Year of Face ID

2013 saw the introduction of TouchID, but as popular and highly reviewed as it was, it was the next year when the technology truly arrived and came into its own. It showed up on the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 3 in the Fall of that year, and it was improved across the board. Not only did it make it across the entire mobile product line, but its speed and accuracy also improved noticeably.

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Apple’s BatteryGate: One Man’s Intentional Device Slowdown is Another’s Peak Demand Management

Stories about Apple throttling the processor speed of older devices with worn batteries have been everywhere the last few days. There have been several threads on Reddit and Twitter about it, most of which embrace the conspiracy theory that Apple is doing this solely to encourage iPhone upgrades. However, while the debate online may be largely one-sided, it is actually more complex than most critics will admit. One thing is certain now. There is a verifiable core of truth here that is undeniable- Apple IS throttling the processors of devices with worn batteries.

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