Apple expects to ship 4 million units of its HomePod smart speaker in 2018

Apple was originally expected to launch its HomePod smart speaker next month, priced at $349. The combination premium speaker and virtual assistant (in this case, Siri) is now expected to come to market early in 2018. In announcing the delay, Apple said that while it wanted everyone to experience the HomePod, “we need a little more time before it’s ready for our customers.” 

The smart speaker category was created by Amazon which combined the Alexa virtual assistant with a speaker to create the Amazon Echo. The product can report the latest weather forecast, stock prices, sports scores, …


Some Apple iPhone X units have a strange green line running down the edge of the display

Some Apple iPhone X users are finding a strange green line running down the outer right or left edge of the OLED panel on the device. One theory is that a problem with the electrical system is causing multiple lines of green sub-pixels to light up on the screen, starting from the top of the display to the bottom. You might recall that last year, a similar pink line marred the screen of the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. Samsung determined that the issue was caused by a hardware problem. Last year, several Motorola DROID Turbo 2 owners also complained about a vertical green line that appeared on their …

More than a million Galaxy Note 8 units have been sold in South Korea already

The Galaxy Note 8 has been on the shelves for just over a month in South Korea, but it’s been already reported that over a million units of Samsung’s best smartphone to date have already made their way to local users’ pockets.

Roughly 23,000 devices have been sold each and every day in Samsung’s home market, making the Note 8 one of the most popular devices locally, which hints at a rather strong momentum.

In South Korea, the Note 8 goes for a million KRW, which translated to roughly $979. Aside from the regular Midnight Black, Orchid Gray and …

Soft bricks: Some Pixel 2 XL units reportedly ship without operating system on board


According to some amusing and rather odd reports, some users have received Pixel 2 XL units that came with no… Android operating system on board. Yes, it boggles the mind, but a redditor going by the name of MAKES_PEOPLE_MAD had their brand new Pixel 2 XL device greet them with a “Can’t find valid operating system. The device will not start.” message right out of the box, which is more than enough to ruin anyone’s day.

Accompanying the message is a security link to Google’s support page, which indicates that “The operating system on your device has been changed or …

Apple sells 46.7 million iPhone units during its fiscal fourth quarter; shares hit new high

This afternoon, Apple released its fiscal fourth quarter earnings report. During the three-month period, the company sold 46.7 million iPhone handsets. That was roughly in line with the 46 million units that Wall Street analysts had predicted. Revenue related to sales of its smartphone amounted to $28.85 billion. Last year during the same period, Apple sold 45.5 million iPhone units and grossed $28.16 billion.

During the three month quarter, Apple grew sales of its iPad tablet from 9.27 million slates last year, to 10.3 million this year. Revenue from sales of its tablet amounted to $4.83 …

Internal Apple memo says that "edge stripes" are appearing on some Apple Watch series 3 units


According to an internal memo sent out by Apple to Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers, a problem is causing “edge stripes” to appear on the face of certain Apple Watch series 3 models. These “edge stripes” appear on the non-cellular version of the smartwatch. The cellular models might have been spared because they use a different display assembly than the affected watches.

Anyone bringing an Apple Watch series 3 model to the Genius Bars and Apple Authorized Service Providers complaining about the “edge stripes,” will be asked to rub the display with their finger. If this …

Best Buy stops selling overpriced iPhone X units after customer backlash

Best Buy announced last week that it will sell the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus devices at a higher price, but didn’t exactly specify why. Customers who would buy either the three Apple smartphones mentioned would be charged an extra $100 when paying the full price upfront.

Well, that’s not the case anymore since Best Buy announced that it had to halt the sales of iPhone X and iPhone 8 after customers complained about the $100 premium charge. However, the US retailers continue to sell Apple’s iPhones, but only via carrier installment plans.

In a short …

Foxconn expected to ship only 25-30 million iPhone X units in 2017, down from 30-35 million

Apple will definitely have problems meeting iPhone X’s high demand, especially if we are to believe the latest reports and estimates coming from various more or less reliable sources.

Some of the data gathered by Taipei-based KGI Securities research company forecasts that Foxconn will only ship around 25-30 million iPhone X units in Q4 2017. Previously, the company’s analyst Ming-chi Kuo said around 30-35 million handsets will be shipped by the end of 2017.

On the bright side, iPhone X shipments are expected to reach a 50% on-quarter growth in Q1 2018 due …

Verizon expects Santa to deliver plenty of Apple iPhone X units for the holidays

Even though there has been story after story about possible production delays for the Apple iPhone X, some now believe that Apple will indeed hit its 2017 internal target for building the tenth anniversary model. One company that is very bullish on the iPhone X happens to be Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest carrier. While Big Red admits that the Apple iPhone 8 is not ringing the cash register as frequently as you would expect from a new iPhone model, the wireless operator is high on the iPhone X, expecting the premium model to sell very well this quarter.

Yesterday, Verizon noted that …

Foxconn's initial shipment of the Apple iPhone X contained only 46,500 units

There is both good and bad news for those consumers who have decided to wait for the Apple iPhone X to launch before deciding which handset they will buy next. Foxconn has made its first shipment of the phone, but only 46,500 units were delivered to the Netherlands and United Arab Emirates from Zhengzhou and Shanghai. The number of phones in this “first-batch” is a far cry from the number of handsets included in the initial shipment during previous years. The iPhone X is expected to be very hard to find once the device is released on November 3rd.

According to a report published today, 400,000 …