As someone who spends entirely too much time with smartphones, I can’t remember the last time I was truly excited by a new smartphone. The closest I’ve come was probably the first time I took a look at Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8+ before they were announced earlier this year. Those big, beautiful Infinity Screens that take up 83% of each phone’s front side are just amazing. No smartphone is more immersive. Beyond the display and the sleek design, however, the Galaxy S8 is essentially just another iterative update for someone like me, who spends time with every single flagship phone that comes out.
Maybe it’s the fact that it’s Apple’s first new iPhone design in three years. Maybe it’s the upgrade to a nearly bezel-less OLED display. Maybe it’s the promise of the most advanced mobile augmented reality features the world has ever seen. Or perhaps it’s the mystery that still surrounds Touch ID’s fate. Whatever the case, Apple’s upcoming new iPhone 8 is exciting. And now that I’ve held a s..
Apple will report its third-quarter earnings today (the company ends its fiscal year in September), and while it certainly generated billions of dollars in revenue and profit, it’s probably going to be a relatively fallow quarter—by Apple’s standards at least. Here’s what to watch for:
Apple’s third quarter is traditionally a slow period, but this one could be particularly sluggish. As MarketWatch reminds us, CEO Tim Cook said on last quarter’s earnings call that rampant media speculation about the company’s next iPhone may be dampening sales, as everyone is just waiting for the next release in September. (Apple isn’t exactly helping itself on this front with its own leaks—we now have a decent idea of what the next iPhone will look like.) Indeed, after years of stagnating design, it’s entirely possible people have been holding off for a refresh. So it’s likely that the real story this quarter will be that everyone—consumers ..
More details about Apple’s upcoming iPhone have been uncovered in HomePod’s firmware — which runs iOS like the iPhone — revealing features including a tap to wake function, facial expression and attention detection, and the long-rumored removal of the home button. Apple accidentally released the firmware over the weekend resulting in a frenzy of analysis about previously unknown features.
Developers including Steve Troughton-Smith and Guilherme Rambo have been tweeting their findings, notably the discovery of the new iPhone’s bezel-less screen design. They’ve also concluded that the resolution for the iPhone 8 could be as much of a visual leap forward from current-generation iPhones as the iPhone 4’s Retina display was from the original iPhone. Apple is using codenames for both its face recognition feature and the bezel-less phone, called “Pearl ID” and “D22” respectively.
A potential “attention detection” feature is also mentioned in the code, with ..
Apple is set to announce its June quarter earnings today — and more importantly, its forecast for the September quarter, which could include this year’s big, new iPhone launch.
It’s the mid-year trough of the current iPhone cycle, so expectations are modest. Wall Street expects Apple to report $44.9 billion of June quarter revenue, representing 6 percent year-over-year growth. That’s somewhere around 40-41 million iPhone shipments for the quarter, with some analysts — notably, Above Avalon’s Neil Cybart, at 38.8 million — expecting fewer.
But the real question is how Apple will forecast its fiscal fourth quarter, which ends in September — and carries some clues for this year’s iPhone launch timing.
Most years, the new iPhone launches in late September, with a nice, big launch weekend or two of shipments to end the quarter. This year, however, there’s buzz that the anticipated super-high-end flagship iPhone might not launch until October or later, and could ship..
SummaryApple will report solid results for the June quarter, but media focus will be on guidance clues for the iPhone 8.
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