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Apple Disclosure Report: Larger iPhones

Apple is secretive about their iPhone plans. However, due to their crazy revealing week and the pressure to do better, Apple is probably glad for the distraction that the following leak will give them—three new 2018 iPhones.

What’s New?

This year, Apple will expand the next generation iPhone X into two model range. This includes the iPhone X Plus. The iPhone SE will finally be updated after a long hiatus. The iPhones will also get bigger. The iPhone X might be 6.2 or 6.3 inches big. The iPhone SE will go from 4 inches to 6.1 inches.

Furthermore, the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus will use a second generation of face ID technology expected to increase screen-to-body ratio. There might also be a potential larger top memory configuration.   

For more information check out the following articles:

Apple Leaked Report Reveals Larger iPhones
TrendForce predicts improved Face ID and screen-to-body ratio for iPhone, says Samsung will struggle
Apple Leak Reveals Massive New iPhone

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The Apple Watch

 

Finds A Purpose

Before the Apple watch became a device exclusively for activity tracking and notifications, it was supposed to be a watch with a medical purpose.


In the last months of Steve Job’s life, he was fighting cancer while managing diabetes. Because he did not like pricking his finger to draw blood, Mr. Job’s authorized an Apple research team to develop a noninvasive glucose reader—
 turned into a wristwatch. However, because many of the health features were unreliable, Apple ended up turning the device into what it is known for today—an activity tracking and notification device.

Nonetheless, the Apple watch is now finding its medical purpose.

With that being said, September brought forth an interesting report. Apple announced that the Apple watch would become a more of a stand alone device. Since this announcement was made, many device manufacturers have been working on developing medical accessories. An example of this is the electrocardiogram for monitoring heart activity with the purpose to manage chronic conditions straight from their wrist.

This is a stepforward for a device that many deemed unnecessary because most of its components already exist in their smartphone.

Now, the smartwatch has a purpose.

For more information check out this article, “Freed From the iPhone, the Apple Watch Finds a Medical Purpose

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Apple iPhone X Expectations Are Still Too High

According to analysts, Apple iPhone X expectations are still too high, despite stock pullback. Nicolas Baratte, an analyst from CLSA says iPhone X volume forecasts remain overestimated, regardless of a correction last week.

The company’s stock cut down 2.5 percent from 50 million to 30 million.  

Baratte says, “We maintain that 2017 fourth-quarter iPhone X volumes were at 30 to 35 million and we are very skeptical that volumes will increase in the first quarter of 2018.”

However, this still doesn’t change the demand and push-out of the product. He says, “consumers who wanted to get an iPhone X in December 2017 already have it.” Nonetheless, any expectations that forecast first-quarter volume over 35 million units will be too high.

Piper Jaffray restated its overweight rating and $200 price target on the company, following a recent survey of iPhone users. This survey reinforced Michael Olson’s expectation that a significant number of new models of iPhone will be sold in the fiscal year of 2018. This increases their confidence—”Our iPhone average selling price assumption of $720, therefore, appears achievable, increasing our confidence in revenue and earnings per share estimates.”

However, if the volume is problematic for Apple in the new year, then both Olson and Baratte agree that the price for the iPhone X should be cut. These cuts could provide a cheaper option for those who are looking for more screen space on their smartphone.  

Read “Apple iPhone X expectations are ‘still too high’ despite stock pullback, analyst says” for more information.

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Apple Is Doing The Right Thing

In Replacing Old iPhone Batteries

It’s been a long-time rumor that Apple has been slowing down their devices. Sadly, this speculated rumor turned out to be true. As a way of apologizing to their customers, Apple is now offering battery swaps for $29. Yet, many folks are unclear on how qualified batteries are eligible for the replacement. For those who didn’t know, Apple Genius Bar conducts a diagnostic test. This test checks whether a battery can retain 80 percent of its original capacity at 500 complete charge. However, Apple is now allowing discounted battery swaps on iphone 6 or later, regardless of the diagnostic test.

This clarification came after Apple passed along a memo regarding the replacement policy. To this policy they added that customers who paid $79 for a battery swap prior to the offer are eligible for a refund in price difference. Though Apple doesn’t consider battery condition in the new replacement offer, it’s good to keep in mind that the battery might not be replaced if there are other damages to your phone.   

For more information check out this article, Apple will replace old iPhone batteries, regardless of diagnostic test results