Deal: Apple's Powerbeats3 headphones are 50% cheaper at Walmart

It’s a great time to be a fan of Apple’s products, especially if you’re looking for a pair of good headphones. The BeatsX headphones are currently on sale at Amazon for the lowest price to date, and the same goes for the Powerbeats3 wireless earphones.

For a limited time, Walmart is running a promotion on the Powerbeats3 wireless earphones that you can’t miss if you want a pair of Apple headphones on the cheap side.

Although Apple, and many retailers, usually sell the Powerbeats3 for $200, Walmart offers the headphones 50% cheaper. Basically, you can buy them for $100 and there are …


Deal: Apple's BeatsX headphones are on sale for just $90, the lowest price to date

Among the cheapest Apple’s headphones, the BeatX are now even cheaper for a limited. In fact, if you haven’t yet bought a pair, you can now get them for the lowest price we’ve been able to track since their launch on the market.

Although the price of Apple’s BeatsX wireless headphones dropped under $100 a few times in the last few weeks, they’ve never been discounted by that much until now. So, for a limited time, customers can actually pick these headphones up from Amazon for just $90.

Considering the BeatsX headphones usually sell for around $150, you’ll be saving $60 when you buy …

Apple's slow iPhone X sales are hurting Samsung too

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It’s not just Apple feeling the effects of lackluster iPhone X sales.

Samsung is also now grappling with the same problem. Since Apple relies on the Korean tech giant for the iPhone X’s expensive display panels, it is now searching for a new buyer, according to a report from Nikkei.

This new development follows earlier reports that Apple was cutting production of the iPhone X after slowing sales. 

The problem for Samsung, though, is that it’s proving more difficult than expected to find takers for the leftover OLED display panels originally intended for the iPhone X. Nikkei reports that Samsung had been counting on other smartphone-makers to follow Apple’s lead and start using the more expensive OLED displays. Read more…

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Deal: Apple's 10.5-inch iPad Pro (512GB, Wi-Fi only) is on sale for $150 off at Best Buy

Best Buy is running a sale on some of Apple’s products as part of its President’s Day promotion that ends on Monday at 11:59 pm CT. However, according to the US retailer, some offers will be extended beyond the deadline mentioned, though we don’t know which ones.

One of the discounted Apple products, the 10.5-inch iPad Pro (512GB, Wi-Fi only) tablet can be had for less than $1,000, its usual price. Even though the discount isn’t that high, you’ll still be able to save $150 if you buy the slate by the end of the sale period.

It’s worth mentioning that all four color variants are on …

Designer produces concept images of Apple's rumored AR glasses

While the Apple HomePod smart speaker is Cupertino’s next big consumer tech device, on the horizon is something bigger that could replace the iPhone as Apple’s top revenue producer. Last June, analyst Gene Munster, who now pores over spreadsheets for venture capital firm Loup Ventures, said that AR powered Apple Glasses will become bigger than the tech giant’s iconic smartphone. Based on comments from Apple CEO Tim Cook about the current state of AR technology, we probably won’t see this device launch until 2020 at the earliest. Apple will reportedly turn to contract manufacturer Quanta to produce …

Apple's gross margin on HomePod sales lags behind its rivals' figures

According to a report published by Bloomberg on Wednesday, Apple’s HomePod smart speaker is providing Apple with a 38% gross margin with its price of $349.  Analysts at TechInsights say that Apple is spending $216 to produce each HomePod unit and is making $133 in gross profit on each sale. That means that Apple’s gross margin lags behind rivals Amazon and Google, producers of the Echo and Home line of smart speakers, respectively.

Amazon, which created the smart speaker category with the first widespread rollout of the Amazon Echo in 2015, has a 56% gross margin on its Echo devices. …

The Mark of the HomePod: The Internet's funniest jabs at Apple's furniture-staining smart speaker

In case you’ve missed it, numerous HomePod users report that their wooden furniture has been stained by the oils of the sound-dampening silicon base of the smart speaker. Yes, no kidding here, here’s an excerpt lifted straight from Apple’s support page.

It is not unusual for any speaker with a vibration-damping silicone base to leave mild marks when placed on some wooden surfaces. The marks can be caused by oils diffusing between the silicone base and the table surface, and will often go away after several days when the speaker is removed from the wooden surface. If not, wiping the surface …

'Built like a tank': Apple's HomePod speaker gets 1 out of 10 score in repairability

Apple’s new HomePod smart speaker costs the whopping $279 to repair, and the latest teardown from the crafty folks over at iFixit comes to show why. The reason Apple is asking 80$ of the HomePod’s actual $349 cost to fix it if anything happens, is that it got a repairability score of 1 out of 10 on the iFixit scale. How come?

Well, the HomePod is apparently “built like a tank,” which is a double-edged sword, as it apparently means mesh-prying and adhesive removal that is not for the faint of heart, and can easily damage both the looks, and the internals of the device …

Deal: Save $80 on Apple's Beats Solo3 wireless headphones at Amazon and Best Buy

Apple’s Beats Solo3 wireless headphones have been on sale quite a few times in the last year or so, but if you missed those opportunities to buy a pair, you get another one right now.

Both Amazon and Best Buy have the Beats Solo3 on sale for just $220, so you’ll be saving $80 for the MSRP. However, not all color variants have had their prices discounted by $80, but the white and black models are surely among the cheapest.

For example, the Matte Gold Beats Solo3 are on sale for $260, which means you’ll only be saving $40. The same goes for the Matte Silver and Asphalt Gray variants. …

Apple's iPhone 9 and Xs to only come with Intel modems, dual SIM support in the cards

Amidst reiterating that the rumored 6.1″ LCD iPhone 9 will account for 50% of Apple’s 2018 iPhone crop sales, famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo added a few more notable details about this year’s portfolio in three memos to clients of its research shop KGI Securities.

First off, Apple is apparently done with Qualcomm for good, and all three upcoming new iPhones this year will be equipped with Intel modems. Thus, unless Qualcomm wiggles back in the supply chain due to some patent suit agreement, there won’t be the differences in download speeds and signal strength that we are witnessing …