According to the results of an online study recently conducted by Gartner, worldwide smartphone sales in 2018 will see some growth for the first time since 2015. The last couple of years have seen industry growth stall a bit, but by next year, the volume of smartphone units shipped across the globe is expected to reach an estimated 1.9 billion units, which represents a 2 percent improvement as compared to this year’s.
The number four wireless carrier in America has decided to introduce new lease deals for two of Apple’s newest iPhone models (the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus). Indeed, Sprint is promising discounts of up to $350 on the listed pricing to people who are willing to trade in any one of the eligible devices.
According to the results of Piper Jaffray’s latest survey on the consumer habits of teenagers, 82 percent of teens fully expect their next smartphone to be one made by Apple. Piper Jaffray’s survey also show that 78 percent of those attending high school already own an iPhone device. Moreover, despite the fact that there is only a minority of teen users that own smartwatch devices, those who do are likely to possess an Apple Watch, with 12 percent of the total number of teen smartwatch users owning an Apple Watch.
According to a blog post recently published by ZeroFOX, it had found more than 500 fake accounts throughout various social media platforms (including popular ones like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube) that all offer iPhone X giveaway deals, but are actually scams. Most of these spam offers are designed for one thing -- to get consumers to supply their personal data.
Every year, some owners of iPhones are claiming that their device are slowing down, and a number are even saying that Apple is deliberately making older models get worse in order to pressure iOS mobile users to upgrade to the latest model. Is there some truth to this?
Well, it is a bit complicated. When SprintrelaunchedVirgin Mobile back in June earlier this year, the fourth biggest mobile operator in America had positioned the prepaid brand as an iPhone only carrier. It turned out that Virgin had landed a deal with Apple to sell only iPhone devices through a new wireless plan called Inner Circle, offering unlimited gigabytes of data for $50 each month.
Amidst all the attention that Google’s Pixel 2 devices are getting this week, various reports have surfaced in the last few days in the interwebs of incidents of the iPhone 8 Plus’ battery expanding in size, and even causing the Apple smartphone to break open.
Every year, Apple regularly releases its Environmental Responsibility Report in order to let everybody know how it is doing its part to help Mother Earth. But this year, as it celebrates the decade long existence (and massive popularity) of one of its most successful products, the iPhone, it has taken the opportunity to publish an environmental report specifically for one of its new flagship offerings, the iPhone X.
Via a statement, Ajit Pai, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is once again urging Apple to activate support for FM radio in the tech giant’s iPhone devices, especially in light of the series of hurricanes that have hit the United States within the last couple of months. Pai also said that he has called on the mobile industry several times in the past in order to get FM chips activated in just about every recent smartphone released in the US mobile market.
According to a recent report published by Nikkei Asian Review, it turns out that the 3D sensor being used on the iPhone X’s Face ID feature is apparently going through some production issues. Because of these issues, Apple’s manufacturing partners can not seem to produce iPhone X units fast enough, which could affect the company’s ability to meet the demand, at least with regards to the first initial orders.
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