It is pretty much a sure thing each and every year -- Apple will be unleashing new iPhone models that are supposed to be better and more advanced than the previous year’s offerings, but back in 2016, the tech giant did an unusual thing -- it introduced the iPhone SE. To be perfectly clear, this particular model was not as impressive (hardware and specifications wise) as the usual flagships the company releases every second half of any given year, but this “small” iPhone has since gained a solid following, especially among those iOS mobile users who do not mind owning a simpler iPhone.
According to a recent report published by Nikkei, it appears that Apple has already proceeded to letting its suppliers know that it is moving to cut its production target for its iPhone X by half during the first quarter of 2018. The tech giant was originally aiming to produce 40 million units of one of its 2017 flagship devices for the first three months of this year, but has since reduced that target to just 20 million units.
Apple has decided to come clean with it -- it really is slowing down the processing performance of older iPhones (as previously suspected by Redditors and Geekbench), but the tech giant is doing it to prevent more (and potentially worse) battery problems down the road. In an official statement made available to TechCrunch, the company admitted that it had rolled out a software patch a year ago that causes old iPhone units to operate more slowly.
Hardcore Android fans could see Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus make their debut sooner than anticipated. As indicated in a report recently published by VentureBeat, the South Korean phone maker’s 2018 flagship devices will be unveiled during next year’s Consumer Electronics Show, which is scheduled to kick of on January 11th in the city of Las Vegas in Nevada.
Apparently so, at least according to the results of a recent survey conducted by the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI). In the ACSI report, the iPhone SE was ranked as the number one smartphone in terms of customer satisfaction. This is intriguing because the iPhone SE even managed to beat Apple’s newest flagship offering, the iPhone 7.
This should be good news to those who like using smaller iPhone devices -- Apple has decided to boost the storage capacity of the iPhone SE, and then bid farewell to the 16 gigabyte edition of the model. Thus, the iPhone SE will now be made available in either 32 gigabyte or 128 gigabyte options, replacing the previous 16 gigabyte and 64 gigabyte editions. With regards to the pricing, the starter model’s cost will remain the same at $399, while the option with the biggest storage now carries a price of $499, which is about fifty bucks more than the usual.
Apple apparently has plans to officially unveil the latest version of its mobile operating system -- iOS -- on June 5th of this year, as part of its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event to be held in the city of San Jose in California. For those still not familiar with WWDC, it is a developer-centric conference held annually by the tech giant, and it has, on numerous occasions, served as its venue for introducing new software products. Apart from a new version of iOS, Apple fans can also expect new developments regarding the macOS, watchOS, and tvOS during this year’s WWDC.
T-Mobile has issued a statement advising its customers, especially those who own iPhone devices, to wait just a little bit before updating to iOS 10, the latest version of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The statement was actually a tweet by John Legere himself, the chief executive officer of the major US wireless carrier. The advisory was specifically targeted to mobile users who currently have an iPhone 6, an iPhone 6 Plus, or an iPhone SE unit.
For Apple, releasing the iPhone SE was not such a bad idea after all. The tech giant normally releases new iPhone models during the later part of any given year, but the iPhone SE was a departure of that norm, having been introduced back in March early this year.
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