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 …

Apple iPhones were the best selling handsets for 2016

According to British research firm IHS Markit, Apple has managed to trounce its competitors over the last calendar year. The company’s latest analysis reveals that iPhones were the most shipped handsets on a global basis during 2016. 

IHS Markit tracks quarterly shipment statistics for more than 350 smartphones, and their data puts the iPhone 6s as the best selling smartphone of 2016. The iPhone 7, 7 Plus, and 6s Plus respectively sit at number 2, 3, and 4. The research firm attributes this to Apple’s success …

Can't wait for the new red iPhones? Achieve the crimson look with these 7 cases for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Apple has lived up to the tradition of closing its online store in order to update it with new products, and this morning, Cupertino unveiled a new iPad model alongside two red-colored variants of last year’s flagship models – the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. 
Although these crimson versions do not offer any software or hardware improvements compared to the iPhones from September of 2016, their unusual shade certainly catches the eye and will undoubtedly attract the attention of many consumers. Most importantly, they are part of Apple’s (PRODUCT)RED …

Analyst says all 2017 iPhones to feature Lightning ports and fast charging

There has been a bit of confusion going around as to whether or not the new iPhones released this year will feature Lightning ports or not. First, there was an oddly-worded WSJ story that seemed to indicate that Apple was switching to USB-C (although we’re not totally convinced about that), but now a respected analyst is claiming the Lightning port is staying but with a new trick.

Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities isn’t always right in his predictions about Apple, but he’s right often enough to be taken seriously when speaking. Kuo claims (as we guessed) that rather than changing …