iPhone maker Foxconn posts 39% drop in profits, iPhone X production problems to blame?

Taiwanese company Foxconn, the main assembler of Apple products, reported a 39% slump in quarterly net profits. According to The Wall Street Journal, such a drop in margins was expected, but the results are notably worse than what analysts predicted. Foxconn hasn’t experienced such a quarter-over-quarter decline since the global recession of 2008.
The most probable cause for this downturn is a series of production bottlenecks surrounding the iPhone X. As you might know, the $1,000 flagship is the first Apple smartphone to feature an edge-to-edge …


Tablet sales drop for the 12th consecutive quarter from July through September


Shipments of tablets declined 5.4% in the third quarter on a year-over-year basis, according to the latest data from IDC. That marks the 12th consecutive quarter of declining shipments for the sector. 40 million units were shipped during the three months that ended on the last day of September. That compares with the 42.3 million slates that were delivered during the third quarter of 2016.

Leading the way with 10.3 million iPad tablets shipped in the quarter, was Apple. The 11.4% year-over-year gain in shipments helped Apple increase its market share in the tablet industry from 21.9% …

The Zizo Bolt case will wrap your iPhone X in a military-grade drop protection

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The iPhone X launch on November 3 is fast approaching, with preorders starting as soon as next Friday, October 27, and those who are holding off to buy one of Apple’s other new handsets because they want the unique X model, should start thinking about protection. No, not that kind of protection, but a wrapper for your $999 phone that will keep …

The iPhone 8 Plus beats Note 8 in drop tests, including 'I left it on the car' one

There comes a time in a person’s life when your heart sinks and the world loses its meaning. Yes, we are talking when you drop your all-new glass phones like the iPhone 8 Plus or Note 8  that cost at least $800, and you shatter either the backplate, the screen, or both. To avoid these scenarios, it’s good to know exactly how durable the Gorilla Glass 5 on the Note 8 or “the most durable glass in the world” on the iPhone 8 Plus are. This is where SquareTrade’s standardized drop tests come in handy.

Besides its usual drop and tumble machines, the …

Verizon to drop 8,500 rural customers on October 18th

In the highly competitive business of providing wireless service to cellphone, smartwatch and tablet users, most carriers like to add subscribers, not remove them. But back in June, we told you that the nation’s largest carrier, Verizon Wireless, was planning on dropping some customers in rural parts of the country who get free roaming thanks to the LTEiRA program. As we told you back then, this program gives 21 regional carriers access to Verizon’s technology and network; in return Verizon customers get free roaming on these regional carriers.

The problem for Verizon is that the LTEiRA …

Cook: Our products are not only for the rich; analyst sees big drop in Apple's stock after tomorrow

Some people complain that Apple manufacturers devices for the rich and wealthy, and that as a result, they are priced out of purchasing Apple products. But if you ask Apple CEO Tim Cook, he will disagree. Speaking to Fortune, Cook points out that an Apple iPad and an Apple iPhone can be purchased for less than $300 each.  “And so these are not for the rich,” said the executive. The Chief Executive also pointed out that with an active installed base of over 1 billion products, Apple couldn’t be manufacturing just for the rich since there aren’t that many rich people in the world. Cook also …

More than 100 Motorola employees drop their Moto Z2 Force at the same time to show off ShatterShield

Motorola shook up the mobile world in 2015 when it introduced a shatter-proof screen for the Motorola DROID Turbo 2. The ShatterShield technology was refined and subsequently deployed on Motorola’s next two flagship models, the Moto Z Force and the Moto Z2 Force. With its multi-layered approach, and the use of P-OLED instead of glass, the ShatterShield display is designed to survive a fall of five-feet or less without cracking or breaking.

With the ShatterShield display, the biggest fear that phone owners have is gone. Because the screen is plastic though, it is more sensitive to …

iOS 11 drag and drop hacked to work on the iPhone as it does on the iPad

While previewing iOS 11 on our iPhone 7 Plus, we found a useful-looking drag-and-drop feature in Files, the new file managing app. It’s presence is noteworthy because watching Apple’s presentation at WWDC 2017 left us with the impression that the feature works only on iPads. Another curious fact – a global drag and drop function is also supported on iPhones running the iOS 11 developer preview. We just can’t use it because it’s locked.

This is what an iOS developer, Steven Troughton-Smith, recently found. He has discovered a way to activate drag and …

Why do you watch drop tests?

Ah, drop tests. The bane of all smartphones — if you are fresh out the production line, you will be flipped, tossed, and dropped on concrete. Every side, every angle, until you crack. What started as a few informative online videos, recorded by YouTubers who were crazy enough to throw money down the drain has now turned into a style of videos that is all over.

And a simple drop test is now mostly a boring ordeal. You have blender tests, liquid nitrogen, sniper shot tests, and who knows what else. Obviously, no longer an evaluation of modern phone’s sturdiness, these are mostly meant as entertainment …

Report: Qualcomm will drop Samsung and partner with TSMC on 7nm chips

At the moment, Qualcomm uses Samsung as its partner to help turn its mobile chip designs into real life components. But a report out of Korea that was released today suggests that once Qualcomm is ready for the production of chips using the 7nm process, Samsung will be dropped in favor of TSMC. There is talk that ever since the second half of last year, Qualcomm has been designing 7nm Snapdragon chips using tools provided by TSMC.

Qualcomm relied on Samsung’s production expertise to produce the Snapdragon 820 and Snapdragon 821 chipsets using the 14nm process. This year’s Snapdragon 835 …