Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says 40% of iPhone owners surveyed didn’t upgrade to the iPhone X because 31% of them felt it was too expensive, with another 8% preferring an even larger screen. The numbers an excerpt from Olson’s report were shared by Philip Elmer-DeWitt, who also notes the 1,500 iPhone owners surveyed said they didn’t upgrade because their current iPhone works fine, or some other reason. I’m not sure what Apple are going to do about the price, but the rumours definitely point towards Apple releasing a larger-screened iPhone X later this year.
Accessory certifications have revealed the existence of Mophie’s Juice Pack Air for iPhone X. Given that it was found in the Wireless Power Consortium’s Qi Certified Product Database, there’s a good chance that the Juice Pack Air for iPhone X will be Mophie’s first Qi-certified iPhone X wireless charging case, with MacRumors saying that it’s likely that the product will be announced in the near future and released for sale later this year.
KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s latest report claims Apple will release a cheaper MacBook Air later this year. Expected to release sometime in the second quarter, Apple’s more affordable MacBook Air is the first time in a long time that we’ve heard of any kind of refresh to the MacBook Air lineup, which many say is continually Apple’s best-selling laptop, despite the last update being a minor speedbump in June last year.
Every month, we’ll be bringing you a selection of ravishingly rectangular — if slightly longer — reads about the wonderful world of Apple. Sometimes they won’t actually be reads, or about how Apple is the world’s most innovative company. Sometimes, they won’t be exactly about Apple per se, but you know what? Those ones make for the best stories. All I know is, bring your own Instapaper account, because this is Good Reads.
- This isn’t the first time I’ve pointed out a video in Good Reads, and the bad news is, it probably won’t be the last. The good news is, Motherboard’s mini-documentary on how iFixit became the world’s best iPhone teardown team gives us the behind-the-scenes perspective of a company that believes in everyone being able to repair their own devices. Plus, some of it was shot in Australia, because thanks to the magic of timezones, we get the privilege of being among the first to get hands-on with new iPhones.
The most important thing that happens when a new iPhone comes out is not the release of the phone, but the disassembly of it. The iPhone teardown, undertaken by third-party teams around the world, provides a roadmap for the life of the iPhone X: Is it repairable? Who made the components inside it? The answers to these questions shift stock markets, electronics design, and consumer experience.
A concept video shows us what a larger 6.5-inch iPhone with a similar design to the iPhone X would look like. The rumours seem pretty clear that we’ll be getting a larger version of the iPhone X this year, and provided Apple stick to the same dual-sided glass design, there’s a good chance we’ll see an iPhone X Plus towards the end of the year — although I’m not sure it’ll come with dual SIMs or in the gold.
Apple’s latest press release says the Apple Watch Series 3 can now track skiing and snowboarding activity, a feature that’s been available since the launch of watchOS 4.2, but is enabled by the GPS and altimeter found in Series 3 hardware. Updates to popular snow-activity tracking apps now let them track total vertical descent and horizontal distance, average and maximum speeds, amongst other metrics.
A new round of rumours about this year’s iPhone lineup tells us what we’ve already heard before. According to Bloomberg, we’ll see a trio of new iPhones this year that consists of a larger model based on the iPhone X design, an upgraded iPhone X model, and a slightly cheaper model that has some of the features from Apple’s highest-end model. It looks as though larger screens are here to stay, while Apple also wants consumers to have access to a more affordable version of the iPhone X.
If you predicted there would eventually be a larger version of last year’s iPhone X design, then congrats, it looks like you were right. Photos from an LG facility in Vietnam show the finished product from what’s purported to be a trial run of production equipment. While the unmistakably iPhone X-shaped design with the notch cutout is present on the glass and digitiser, the fact that it’s considerably larger than the iPhone X could mean that we’ll see a larger version released this year after all.
While a new version of AirPods was inevitable after the success of the initial release, Bloomberg claims Apple has two new AirPods in the works. The first, slated for a possible release later this year, will have an upgraded wireless chip, with the other featuring water resistance and planned for next year. As much as I (and everyone else) seems to like AirPods, it’d be great if Apple could release an in-ear version — they can even label it a “sport” version, just make it stay in my ears.
Apple’s latest round of publicly-available updates fix the Telugu character crashing bug from last week. New versions across all of Apple’s software platforms, released as iOS 11.2.6, watchOS 4.2.3, tvOS 11.2.6, and the macOS High Sierra 10.13.3 Supplemental Update, all contain the same change: a fix for an issue that caused certain character sequences to crash apps. The iOS update also resolves an issue where third-party apps may sometimes fail to connect to external accessories.