Apple Inc. has asked suppliers to build as many as 90 million next-generation iPhones this year, a sharp increase from its 2020 iPhone shipments, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
The Cupertino, California-based tech giant has maintained a consistent level in recent years of roughly 75 million units for the initial run from a device’s launch through the end of the year. The upgraded forecast for 2021 would suggest the company anticipates its first iPhone launch since the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines will unlock additional demand. The next iPhones will be Apple’s second with 5G, a key enticement pushing users to upgrade.
This year’s update will be more incremental than last year’s iPhone 12, emphasizing processor, camera and display improvements, the people said, asking not to be named as the plans are not public. Apple is planning updates to all of the current models, spanning the 5.4-inch and 6.1-inch regular versions and the 6.1-inch and 6.7-inch Pro models. The phones, codenamed D16, D17, D63, and D64, are all expected to be announced in September, earlier than last year’s October introduction partly thanks to the supply chain recovering.
At least one of the new versions will have an LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) display capable of alternating its refresh rate based on the content being shown. Apple has used this technology in the Apple Watch for several years, allowing the screen to be slower in certain situations — such as the Always On mode — to extend battery life. Oppo, OnePlus and Samsung Electronics Co. already have LTPO screens in their flagship phones. The new iPhones with LTPO displays will also use IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology for improved power efficiency and responsiveness.
While the design of the new Apple phones will remain largely unchanged, the company plans to reduce the size of the front-facing camera and face unlock sensor cutout, or notch, to better match its rivals. The company hopes to eventually remove the notch entirely in a future version of the iPhone and is likely to shrink its size further next year.
An Apple spokesperson declined to comment.
Apple’s camera upgrades will put the focus on more advanced video recording features such as improved optical zoom. An upgraded system-on-chip, built around the same six cores as the current A14 chip, will also be included. The company has tested an in-display fingerprint scanner for this year’s devices, however that feature will likely not appear on this generation.
What Bloomberg Intelligence Says
Apple’s building on strong momentum from the iPhone 12 release in 2020 and may continue to benefit from 5G smartphone upgrades and an overall improved smartphone market to follow that up with another strong release. Still, the growth expected in the initial production ramp is skewed by the fact that the iPhone 12 released later than normal in 2020, while the next iPhone is expected back to the normal late September release window.
— Matthew Kanterman, analyst
While Apple has asked suppliers to build up to 90 million units, the actual number could be a few million units shy of that target, one of the people said. Huawei Technologies Co.’s sanction-stricken smartphone business is a major factor for Apple’s increased shipment orders, according to another person familiar with the strategy.
The ongoing chip shortage that has undermined operations across several global industries is not expected to affect the production of upcoming iPhones, some of the people said. Apple is key chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co.’s biggest customer and its outsize orders make the launch of a new iPhone an annual event that suppliers across Asia plan for months in advance.
TSMC shares rose as much as 1.3 per cent after the report of Apple’s upgraded output plans. Among other supply partners, fellow Taiwanese connector and power-pack maker Cheng Uei Precision Industry Co. climbed as much as 9 per cent and lens maker Largan Precision Co. was up as much as 2.4 per cent. Japanese electronic component makers Alps Alpine Co., up as much as 3.5 per cent, and Renesas Electronics Corp., rising as much as 2.6 per cent, were also positively affected. Apple profit estimates were raised at Citigroup.
Chinese assembly partner Luxshare Precision Industry Co. is set to have a bigger role this year after it acquired iPhone assembly facilities from Wistron Corp.
Assembler Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. will dominate orders for the 6.7-inch Pro Max model and split the 6.1-inch Pro with Luxshare and the 6.1-inch regular iPhone with Pegatron Corp. Pegatron is expected to make all the 5.4-inch units.
Beyond the new iPhones, Apple is preparing several other products for later this year, including new MacBook Pro laptops with custom Apple chips, redesigned iPad mini and entry-tier iPad models and Apple Watches with updated displays. Apple plans to kick off production of the new MacBook Pro in the third quarter after facing some issues related to MiniLED screens that also challenged the launch of the latest iPad Pro.
To resolve the MiniLED supply issue, Apple has recruited Luxshare to split orders for an essential MiniLED component for the new MacBook Pro with Taiwan Surface Mounting Technology Corp., which earlier dominated the orders for the component for iPad Pro.
Chatelaine Is Now Available On Apple News+ – Chatelaine
Current and back issues of Chatelaine and all SJC Media titles are available on this premium, all-you-can-read app
If you love magazines, you should get to know Apple News+. Think of it as a digital journalism buffet, an all-access pass to all your favourite magazine and newspaper titles for a subscription of $12.99 a month for the whole family.
What is Apple News+?
If you have an Apple device, you’re likely familiar with Apple News, a news aggregator app designed for the Apple ecosystem, accessible on iPhone, iPad or Mac. While it offers many articles for free—particularly breaking, trending and local news—Apple News also carries paywalled content that requires an Apple News+ subscription to access. Remember Texture? Apple acquired it in 2018 and evolved it into News+, giving readers access to an unprecedented volume of magazine issues, including back issues from 2018 on. Dubbed the “Netflix of magazines,” Apple News+ offers unlimited access to more than 300 magazines, newspapers and publications for a subscription fee of $12.99 per month after a free one-month trial. The subscription can be shared among a family of up to six people with the Family Sharing feature.
What are the benefits of reading Chatelaine on Apple News+?
Apple News+ reflects the ongoing evolution of digital magazines and the enduring value of consuming content in the packaged issue format, created to provide an immersive, premium-content experience. The Apple News+ platform makes a strong case for consuming magazine issues digitally, with proprietary formatting and ease-of-use features like a simple, ubiquitous table of contents that takes you right to a story, the ability to share and save individual stories, and thumb-scrolling design—no zooming necessary (though font settings are provided if you need it). Titles can also be downloaded to read offline—perfect for disconnected plane rides or mobile data savers. Issues usually drop on Apple News+ first (before print subscribers and newsstand) and sometimes include exclusive “live covers,” where video, animations and other interactive elements level up the reading experience.
How can I find Chatelaine on Apple News+?
Open the Apple News app on your Apple device. Hit the search tool, search for Chatelaine and then hit the plus sign on the right to add it to your library. A pop-up will let you opt in to notifications so you’ll be in the know when new stories or issues are published.
To access the landing page for Chatelaine, go to the Following tab at the bottom and navigate to your title. There you’ll see the latest news and stories from the brand, the past few issues as well as the topics we cover. You can also activate Family Sharing via the Following tab.
Continue to add other titles to your News+ library via the search or Following screens; all titles you’ve selected will automatically download when a new issue is ready. Hit the three dots at the bottom of the cover image to download the issue or browse back issues. Happy reading!
'Update Immediately': Govt Issues Vulnerability Warning for iPhones, iPads – The Quint
This vulnerability exists in IOMobileFrameBuffer of Apple iOS and iPadOS due to memory corruption issues with inadequate memory handling. “A remote attacker with kernel privileges can exploit this vulnerability using a maliciously crafted application,” the agency explained.
Not updating to the latest software versions may allow attackers to gain elevated privileges on a targeted system.
Apple had also warned users that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Meanwhile, the new iOS 14.7.1 also fixes an issue where iPhone models with Touch ID cannot unlock a paired Apple Watch using the ‘Unlock with iPhone’ feature.
(With input from The Times of India)
PS5 Firmware Update Will Improve Create Mode Functionality – Push Square
This PlayStation 5 firmware update that’s currently in beta testing sure has a lot of enhancements to look forward to. As well as allowing us to upgrade SSD storage, making improvements to the operating system, and displaying Trophy lists the way God intended, PS5’s Create functionality is set to receive some nice quality of life updates too.
The firmware’s extensive patch notes have been typed out in full, and they list some relatively small but notable improvements to Create mode. Firstly, when you take screenshots, you’ll be able to disable the on-screen confirmation notification that appears in the top right. This will stop it from appearing in later captures if you’re taking multiple at once.
When you’re recording a video, an on-screen timer remains at the bottom of the screen. With this update, the timer will disappear after three seconds and will reappear when needed, which is nice. If you want to save recent gameplay, Sony is adding more video length options. Next up, when you’re editing screenshots before sharing them, the number of fonts for adding text has been expanded.
Finally, the update will include more options for enabling or disabling certain audio from video clips or when broadcasting. You’ll be able to toggle your personal mic audio and party audio on or off, depending on what you want.
Again, nothing monumental here, but certainly some nice improvements for when you’re creating and sharing screens and videos. Will you be making use of these new improvements? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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