Apple is lobbying to kill bill that would make it easier for normal people to repair iPhones

A new “Fair Repair Act” bill could make phones and iPhones in particular much easier to repair for normal people, but interestingly, rather than being met with support from Apple, the bill has seen the company oppose it and now evidence has showed up that Apple is investing money to lobby against the bill. The evidence was uncovered by Motherboard and uses public records from New York State’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.
Proposed by the Digital Right to Repair Coalition, a group of small independent repair shops, the “Fair Repair Act” …


Survey: Android devices now have lower failure rates than iPhones

No matter if your smartphone is an iPhone or an Android model, you have probably experienced app failure, annoying lag, hardware problems or some other kind of malfunction. After all, it is just an electronic device, and no such device or its software are perfect. But you know that, don’t you? What you probably weren’t expecting to hear is that, according to analysts, Android smartphones are generally performing better than their iOS-based rivals in terms of trouble-free operation. 
This is one of of the key findings of a report released by Blancco Technology …

Apple patented glow-in-the-dark cables for iPhones because we do deserve nice things

After spending long years in the consumer electronics business, Apple has figured out another bullet point of customer dissatisfaction. Dealing with cables and connectors inside a dark room is anything but a smooth process. With so much fidgeting involved, it desperately calls for innovation. Going by a newly published patent, Apple engineers are trying to solve this by illuminating connectors’ ends. Thus, in addition to looking rad in the dark, the invention will also provide status information.

The system employs one or more LED lights to bring visual information to users, signaling with …

Apple may skip the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus for two OLED iPhones

In our reporting so far, we have discussed rumors of three new iPhone models scheduled for announcement in September. Yes, the idea of Apple offering a more conservative, iterative upgrade option with an iPhone 7S and 7S Plus alongside a radically different Anniversary Edition iPhone makes sense.

But so does a variant in which Apple skips the S-generation to straight up announce the iPhone 8 and 8 Olus, both featuring all-screen OLED displays and the latest technology on hand. After all, why would Apple bother with the 7S if it’s truly confident in its new iPhone?

Morgan Stanley doubles its forecast for OLED iPhones production

 

All kinds of iPhone 8 rumours have been bombarding the newsfeeds for months now, and the trend will only intensify in the months before Apple’s next flagship launch. However, the fact that Apple is opting for an OLED handset is a virtual certainty now, with confirmations of Apple’s move and reports of OLED panel orders coming from various sources. A recent analysis by Morgan Stanley of Cupertino’s iPhone display plans suggests that the tech giant might be prepping for a bigger than previously expected OLED shift.

“Back in November, our checks pointed to 50M [million] OLED …

Apple reportedly wants to sell up to 230 million new iPhones – with as many as 95 million in 2017 alone!

DigiTimes, a mostly on-point source of supply chain insights, reports that Apple is forecast to sell up to 230 million new iPhone models in total. Previous reports claim Apple is placing orders for up to 95 million OLED display panels from Samsung, but it isn’t clear if these are meant to go exclusively in the Anniversary Edition iPhone, or are also to be distributed among the rumored “iPhone 7s”-type devices being prepared as a more conventional alternative.

Either way, Cupertino is ordering close to 100 million of its new iPhones in 2017 alone, which means …

All three new iPhones to have 3GB RAM, deluxe iPhone to come with "two packs of batteries", according to analyst

The three new iPhones that Apple is set to unveil in 2017 will likely come with 3GB of RAM, according to Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri.
Arcuri published a research note in late March, outlining his prognosis for several key hardware areas of the new Apple flagships. These conclusions are based on his examinations of Cupertino’s supply chain, and an excerpt from the note can be found below, courtesy of MacRumors:

In terms of memory/storage configuration, all three models will likely adopt 3GB RAM; the 4.7”/5.5” …

Apple working on its own graphics chips for future iPhones, cuts ties with Imagination Technologies

Shares in British chip designer Imagination Technologies plummeted by nearly 70%, after Apple said that it would stop licensing the company’s technology. The news broke out today, following a statement from the UK-based firm which reads that Cupertino will be “reducing its future reliance on Imagination’s technology” as it is “working on a separate, independent graphics design in order to control its products”.

The latest developments are an absolute disaster for Imagination Technologies, as about 50% of the company’s revenues come from Apple. Cupertino has been …

Apple's new red iPhones won't be (RED) in China; here's a few possible reasons why

Apple on Tuesday announced the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus PRODUCT(RED) models. The two special-edition devices are identical to the regular iPhone 7 and 7 Plus in terms of hardware, but feature unique red backplates and, what’s more important, a chunk of all proceeds from each device sale goes to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS.

The two special-edition iPhone 7 models are going on sale in China as well, where registrations for their launch have surpassed the number of available units, but they won’t be carrying the (RED) branding in the region. The phones will otherwise …

Apple to start making iPhones in India

Apple iPhone sales are cooling off in China with local competitors rising and the U.S. and European markets seem to have reached smartphone saturation, so Apple is turning its eyes towards one of the biggest and most underdeveloped phone markets currently: India.
After months of negotiations with the Indian government, Apple is finally ready to start making iPhones in the world’s second most populous nation.
Apple’s Taiwanese manufacturing partner Wistron will start making iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s within 4 to 6 weeks …