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Apple MacBook Pro Updates Are Coming Now, with Other Macs and iPads Later

It’s been an unexpectedly busy couple of days in Apple news. First off, Apple released an updated version of the MacBook Pro yesterday. These new 2018 versions have new Intel processors, more RAM, better screens, and a “quieter” keyboard. Unfortunately, Apple has not mentioned any design changes to the keyboard based on the number of complaints of failures due to dirt and grit getting under the keys. While a specific mention of this could be problematic for Apple due to ongoing litigation over this issue, the feeling around the industry is that this version of the keyboard will not be a significant improvement.

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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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Apple has Lined Up a Second OLED Supplier, But is That Good News?

One of the big fears last year at the release of the iPhone X was that supplies would be severely constrained due to the limited number of OLED panels available and the difficulties with Face ID hardware yields. The fears turned out to be largely unfounded, as Apple was able to fill the record number of launch orders much faster than expected.

While sticking with Samsung alone worked last year, this year’s iPhone launch should be a much bigger challenge. If the consistent rumors are true, Apple will be releasing three new iPhones, two of which will have OLED screens. One of those is likely to be a 6.5″ Plus version of the X design, which will put an increased strain on OLED supplies.

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More iPhone Rumor Flip-Flops

These days, the rumor mill is feeling like a swinging pendulum. A little over a month ago, we had the rumor that one of the new iPhones would have a plastic, multi-colored body. That one never sounded realistic, but that didn’t keep it from making the rounds. More recently, there was the story that three of the coming iPhones would have OLED displays. This went against months of reports that the 6.1″ least expensive model would have an LCD screen in the interest of keeping the cost down. That didn’t prevent it from hitting all of the big Apple blogs and many other tech sites. Now the rumor mill is flip-flopping again.

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Beware of Early iPhone Rumors

Turn back the clock a year. We had all kinds of rumors about what the new iPhone would look like and the technology it would include. Remember when we were all sure that under-screen TouchID was coming? Then there were the crazy reports that Apple would put a TouchID sensor on the back of the phone, as if that would have ever happened. How about the fact that we were all sure the new iPhone would be called the iPhone 8? It seemed reasonable until the X moniker started making the rounds right before the iPhone 8 and X announcement last Fall.

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Jean-Louis Gassée Nails It

Former Apple executive Jean-Louis Gassée has been known to tell it like it is when it comes to his old company. It is always worth listening to, as he has a very unique perspective on Apple, from both the inside and the outside. He also brings a wealth of general knowledge of the tech industry, having done everything from working at HP in the early days of computing, founding his own company and creating BeOS from the ground up after leaving Apple, spending time working on PalmOS, and most recently working as a venture capitalist.

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Rightside Up- Apple’s Stock Price Quickly Goes From Bust Back to Boom

What a difference a week can make. Last weekend, the pessimism was flowing as everyone just knew Apple was going to get theirs on Tuesday. Earnings would be down, iPhone sales would be down overall, the X would be confirmed as a “flop,” and all of the tech press and analyst predictions would be confirmed. Only it didn’t quite go as many in the tech and financial communities thought it would.

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We Have the Proof- Supply Chain Sources Can’t Tell How Well the iPhone Sells

Since the third quarter of last year didn’t cast enough doubt on using sources in the supply chain to predict iPhone sales, maybe their latest abysmal failure will. We should be able to put it to bed now, and any analyst or tech writer worth their salt should, too. Tim Cook, the master of the supply chain, knows what he is doing, and the bought and paid for sources at Foxconn, Samsung, and other component makers don’t, at least when it comes to Apple’s iPhones sales.

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Tuesday Will Tell the Tale of Apple Stock and Hardware Success

We’ve had a progressive amount of hand wringing and reading of supply chain tea leaves, all leading up to Apple’s 2nd Quarter Earnings Report, which hits tomorrow. Most of the news has been negative, especially anything regarding the iPhone X and HomePod. However, it seems that there are now some who expect Apple’s stock to weather the storm and rebound based on better than expected sales and numbers elsewhere. If they are correct, Apple could make back the over 9% its stock has lost over the past month very quickly. If not, it will be interesting to see if it slides more or just stabilizes.

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