Earnings warning hints at weak iPhone 8 sales; iPhone 7 is the most popular phone during Q3

Pegatron, one of the contract manufacturers used by Apple to assemble the iPhone, warned today that demand for the Apple iPhone 8 could be weak during the first quarter of 2018. The company said that it often experiences a seasonal slowdown during the start of a new year. Jeff Pu, an analyst at Yuanta Investment Consulting, predicts that Apple will slash orders for the iPhone 8 by 50% during the first quarter. Pegatron produces the iPhone 8 while Foxconn assembles the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. Apple contributes 60% of Pegatron’s revenue and is the company’s top customer.

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This is the most popular emoji

As shocking as it is, it’s not a pile of poo: the most popular emoji is “Face with tears of joy”.
The face torn before the ecstasy of laughter and the tragedy of tears turns out to be pretty good for expressing just about anything.
One important disclaimer: this is the most popular emoji amongst English-speaking users of iOS and Mac in the United States, and according to Apple’s official data.
So… how did Apple come to disclose this? It turns out this valuable information is served in the …

Nova Launcher becomes one of the most popular Android launchers, hits 50 million downloads

We knew Nova Launcher is among the most popular Android launchers, but starting this week, the app has become even more popular. The beta version of the Nova Launcher has just reached more than 50 million downloads in the Google Play Store, an impressive achievement that wouldn’t have been possible without the support from the developers.

It looks like having a solid beta program and listening to what users want from your app has proven to be the winning formula for Nova Launcher.

TeslaCoil’s Nova Launcher is available for free, but a paid version can be …

Analyzing iPhone 8 demand: iPhone 8 Plus more popular on most carriers, T-Mobile seems to grab most pre-orders

We have analyzed iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus demand in the first hours of availability, when the most devoted fans would stay up to pre-order their new iPhones, and there are a few interesting take-aways: interest for the iPhone 8 Plus seems to be a bit higher than interest for the smaller iPhone 8 (except for T-Mobile), and the black and gold model seem to be in higher demand than the silver one.
At least that is what shipping times suggest, and of course, you have to take into account that we don’t know the actual supply of the two models …

Apple's most popular phones have larger sized screens

Is there a correlation between Apple’s most popular iPhone models and the size of the screen on the varying handsets? According to Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, larger iPhone screens lead to more popularity for models like the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6s Plus, and the Apple iPhone 7 Plus. Both account for a combination of 53 million units actively used in the U.S. The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are responsible for 39 million iPhone units actively in use. With 48 million units out there, the Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus make up 34% of all smartphones in use stateside. CIRP says …

Android O release date: Here's when it might be hitting the popular Android devices

By now, it’s public knowledge that Android O is coming to a device near you soon. 
If our past experience is anything to go by, only a minuscule amount of Android users will be getting the newest taste of Android on day 1 of public availability. Pixel users are a getting it first, no doubt about that, but who’s next? Remains to be seen.
But what’s the fuss all about? Is Android O such an important update to the OS at all? For the most part, it’s about to introduce lots of under-the-hood improvements for the OS, as well as overhaul …

Popular Ridge Racer car racing game is the free iOS App of the Week

As an iOS user, you’ve probably got used with the free app of the week section in the App Store. Each week, iOS users can download an app for free, which might or might not have been offered in a promotional deal before.

This week, those who like car racing games will be pleased to know that Ridge Racer Slipstream is the newest free iOS app of the week. The game usually costs $3, but for a limited time, iOS users will be able to download it for free.

The game features 12 sports cars that you’ll be able to choose from, but there are hundreds of customization …

Popular apps are getting bigger and taking up more space when you install them on your iPhone


Sure, the amount of native storage on your iPhone has risen sharply over the years. According to a report from Sensor Tower, the minimum storage available on an iPhone has doubled from the 16GB on 2013’s Apple iPhone 5s to the 32GB on last year’s Apple iPhone 7. But the truth is that Apple is not keeping up with the huge increase in the file size increases on popular apps. This is why many users of the iPhone are often looking for apps to remove in order to create space for new downloads.

Here is an amazing piece of data that says it all. The top ten most downloaded iPhone apps in the …

Watch the HTC U11 fail a popular durability test

The HTC U11 is a unique handset. Not only is it absolutely stunning, thanks to its so-called liquid surface design, but it also comes with an interesting feature – squeezing the sides on the phone can be used as a shortcut.

Our review of the HTC U11 also showed us a great camera, blazing-fast performance, and respectable battery life. However, looks and performance don’t matter much if a device can’t survive everyday use.

Zach, of the JerryRigEverything YouTube channel, put the HTC U11 through one of his famous torture tests, complete with scratching, burning, and whatnot.

The …

The Apple iPad remained the most popular tablet in the world during Q1; Samsung draws nearer


Even though Apple shipped 13% fewer iPad tablets year-over-year globally during the first calendar quarter, the iPad remained the most popular tablet in the world. 8.9 million iOS powered tablets were delivered during the first three months of this year, compared to the 10.3 million shipped during the same quarter of 2016. The iPad currently owns 24.6% of the worldwide tablet market. For Apple, this was the 13th straight quarter with lower year-over-year iPad shipments. Thanks to the Apple iPad Pro, Apple now is on top of the detachable tablet market despite the use of a mobile OS. Others in …