Although Apple managed to sell 50.8 million units of iPhone devices during the first three months of this year, that unit sales figure still failed to clear the 51.4 million units sold projected by Wall Street. Still, in terms of revenue, the $2.10 per share earnings (on revenue of $52.9 billion) posted by the tech giant was better than the $2.02 per share earnings (on revenue of about $53 billion) estimated by industry watchers.
2016 was a forgettable year for Apple -- the phone maker after all saw its iPhone sales decrease for the first ever in its history last year, leading some to think that the company might not be that mighty after all. But after a robust holiday season, Apple seems to have regained its bearings, and analysts from Wall street appear to agree.
By consensus, Samsung’s newest addition to its Galaxy lineup of smartphones -- the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus -- appear to be the number one (or only) choice when it comes to taking full advantage of ultra fast network connection speeds that some wireless carriers are already starting to introduce. There is a big reason for this, of course -- the Galaxy S8 models happen to pack Qualcomm’s mightiest chip (so far), the Snapdragon 835, or in other markets, the South Korean’s own Exynos 8895 processor.
This might be good news for those who currently own an iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s -- the biggest wireless carrier in America has a new limited time promotional deal that promises to give two hundred bucks for specific iPhone 6 or iPhone 6s owners who decide to port their phone numbers to the Big Red’s network. Strictly speaking, the special offer is open to all customers who possess any iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, or iPhone 6s Plus in all memory size configurations.
According to the results of a survey (Taking Stock With Teens) recently conducted by Piper Jaffray, 81 percent of teenagers are expecting their next handset to be an iPhone device. This represents an improvement over the 79 percent as polled by the financial services firm in fall of last year, and also marks the highest percentage ever observed by the company.
Comcast is apparently teaming up with Apple as it makes preparations to soon debut its mobile service. There is talk that the upcoming wireless offering will be launched under the Xfinity Mobile brand name. It turns out that Comcast’s name has been added to non-visible code that lists the carrier bundles for the iPhone. This list of carrier bundles is utilized by iPhones and even iTunes in checking if an Apple smartphone’s SIM card is supported by a service provider with whom the iPhone maker has an existing contract.
Apple is now deploying iOS 10.3 -- the latest update to its iOS mobile operating system -- to iPhone and iPad tablet devices. As expected, this new roll out will come with a number of enhancements. Interestingly, the tech giant has decided to utilize the iOS 10.3 update as a means for swapping the iPhone’s and iPad’s underlying file system from the previous HFS+ file format to the new Apple File System. In other words, the company is basically upgrading how its devices are saving and managing data.
T-Mobile has recently decided to include AppleCare in its device insurance plans (which normally cost $12 per month), absolutely free of charge. According to the number three wireless carrier in the United States, customers who choose to purchase a new iPhone device or an iPad tablet will now be covered under AppleCare if they also opt to sign up for the mobile operator’s Jump! or Premium Device Protection options (more on these two later).
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.
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