We’re inching closer to the launch of the iPhone 12, and even if it is delayed as rumored, Apple is expected to launch it sometime in October. Now is the time when most people start trading in their older-generation iPhones so that they can buy a new one. Hence, the company has begun lowering trade-in values for older iPhones via its official trade-in program in the US.
Remember the iPhone Batterygate controversy? It had to pay $500 million to settle the lawsuit in the US. Still, it doesn’t look like the issue is completely dead yet, even after Apple offered discounted battery replacements. A European consumer organization is looking to demand compensation from Apple for iPhone users.
There are massive protests going on in the United States following the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis. As a part of the protests, many shops are also being looters by protesters with ill intentions. Apple Stores are hot zones in such a scenario given just how expensive iPhones, MacBooks, and other Apple products are. As it turns out though, Apple is smarter than the protestors breaking into its retail stores though.
Apple has discounted various iPhones in China for the 6.18 online shopping festival. The price reductions have been done to stir iPhone demand and boost sales. iPhone sales have picked up in China after normal operations resumed in the country post the COVID-19 lockdown, but they are still lower than what they were before the virus struck.
Apple is held in high regard when it comes to user data privacy and security. However, even Apple products aren’t foolproof and we get to see some vulnerabilities from time to time. A new report states that some iPad, iPhone, and Mac models are vulnerable to short-range attacks via Bluetooth.
Australia’s COVIDSafe Contact Tracing iPhone App Needs to Continuously Run in the Background to Work Properly
At the beginning of this week, the Australian government launched its contact tracing app COVIDSafe. Since then, the app has already been downloaded over two million times. The Australian government has based the app of Singapore’s TraceTogether app. Since the app does not use the upcoming official contact tracing API from Apple, it has one major issue.
While everyone is expecting Apple to announce next-generation iPhones sometime in the third quarter of 2020, some models could see a delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues. According to a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, 5G iPhones with mmWave connectivity also face a potential launch delay.
A few days ago, Apple launched a new iPhone SE and discontinued the iPhone 8 series. While the iPhone SE is an excellent replacement for the iPhone 8, there’s no replacement for the iPhone 8 Plus yet. It was rumored that a variant of the iPhone SE 2020 with a larger screen would be launched to replace the iPhone 8 Plus, but it looks like the plan has been delayed.
Due to the coronavirus lockdown in China in February, Apple had seen a 60% crash in iPhone sales in the region and had shipped less than half a million units. Post the lockdown being lifted though, the company has seen iPhone sales rebound in China to 2.5 million units in March.