It was almost like 2008-2012. We all know Apple never shows up to CES, but they never really had to. There was a time when, no matter what happened at the show, they were still the main story. The show floor would be packed to the gills with iPhone accessories and apps. In the first years of the iPad, when it launched in the late Winter and Spring, it dominated the conversation among the tech press.
Just when people start to count Apple out, just when their reach seems to be diminishing just a bit, they come out of nowhere and make a big splash. Yesterday, Samsung announced that their new SmartTVs will have support for iTunes movies and TV shows starting this Spring. The TVs will also include support for Apple’s AirPlay 2, giving them two of the primary features of the Apple TV.
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.
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.