It’s been three years since Apple first debuted the $99 Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and eventually 7, which included a rear-facing protrusion that held a 1,877 mAh battery. Apple may be working on a similar accessory for newer iPhone models, according to a discovery made by 9to5Mac in the second beta of watchOS 5.1.2.
In previous versions of watchOS, Apple Watch had an icon that displayed a battery case with a bottom chin and horizontal camera, indicating this as the Smart Battery Case for iPhone 6, 6s, and 7. In the latest beta of watchOS 5.1.2, things have been changed and this icon now displays a battery case with no bottom chin and a vertical camera. [...]
HomePod shipments „could be far below market expectations“ this year, according to reputable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
„Our understanding is that the market expects HomePod shipments to arrive at 5-10 million units in the 2018 fiscal year, versus our forecast of only 2.0-2.5 million units,“ wrote Kuo, in a research note obtained by MacRumors.
Kuo believes the „major miss“ in HomePod shipments could be attributable to product design and pricing, among other factors.
For starters, at $349, he said the HomePod’s high price „could undermine demand despite excellent sound quality.“ He added [...]
Last month, Apple supplier Japan Display reportedly asked local banks and its own shareholders for around $897 million to fund part of an „extensive“ restructuring effort of its business, which would see the supplier’s manufacturing output shift from LCD to OLED panels. Now, the company is said to be seeking an outside partner to help pay part of the funds (via Nikkei).
Japan Display is facing a troubled time due to its speciality of making LCD displays in an era when companies are slowly shifting to OLED-only smartphones, including its main customer Apple, so the restructuring money will go towards installing OLED panel lines at some of its plants. [...]
Apple has secured a lease at the Antara Fashion Hall shopping center in Mexico City, where it will open a new flagship retail store, according to a person familiar with the matter. The store’s design will be similar to Apple’s multi-level World Trade Center location in New York City, the person said.
Antara Fashion Hall will mark Apple’s second retail location in Mexico after opening its Via Santa Fe store last year, also in Mexico City. Elsewhere in Latin America, Apple will soon decide whether to open two additional stores in Brazil, potentially including a flagship store in São Paulo, according to our source.
Apple is also exploring leases for [...]