There have been multiple reports suggesting that iPhone X sales have not been below expectations. Some people dismissed these rumors due to the lack of any proof. As it turns out though, the decline in iPhone X sales after a strong start initially might be more than what was previously believed.
iFixit Believes Apple Is Accidentally Disabling Touchscreen Functionality on iPhones Repaired by Third-Party Shops
A recent report indicated that the iOS 11.3 update disabled the touchscreen functionality on the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X with an aftermarket display. In other cases, the ambient sensor stopped working even when a genuine Apple replacement display was used. It was believed that this was a deliberate move from Apple to sabotage third-party repairs on its latest iPhones. However, iFixit believes that they just might be bugs that Apple will eventually get around to fixing.
In his latest note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo notes that Apple is losing its lead in the Augmented Reality department to Oppo due to the lack of software innovation on its end.
Apple Disabling Ambient Light Sensor on iPhone 8 and iPhone X Units with Genuine Replacement Display
A report from a couple of days ago detailed that iPhone 8 units repaired with third-party displays stopped working post the iOS 11.3 update. The report also mentioned that iPhone X and iPhone 8 owner complained of the ambient light sensor on their phone not working post the display replacement.
Many iPhone 8 users are reporting that the display of their handset has stopped working post the iOS 11.3 update. The handsets in questions had their display recently replaced by third-party stores. Apple had previously disabled Touch ID on those iPhone 7 units whose display were replaced by third-parties, and it looks like something similar is happening here.
As rumored, Apple today announced a Product(RED) iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus that will go on sale online tomorrow (April 10) and hit the stores on April 13. Sadly, the company has not announced a Product(RED) edition of the iPhone X which will disappoint many.
We have already seen older versions of Windows and games being emulated on newer iPhones. This has largely been made possible by enhancements to emulation software and the powerful hardware newer iPhones nowadays come with. Now, a new video shows the iPhone X and iPad Air 2 running macOS 8. And as if that was not enough, the devices are then also used to play Warcraft II and SimCity 2000.
Industry sources cited by Bloomberg mention that Apple is currently working on curved displays and touchless controls for future iterations of the iPhone. As sources have indicated already, Apple is bringing an OLED screen to more iPhones, so it’s not far fetched to assume that the company would venture into curved displays.
We have seen smugglers use a variety of innovative ways to smuggle hundreds of iPhones across borders. The sheer popularity of iPhones and the difference in their price in major regions has made them a favorite commodity among smugglers. This is perhaps most evident in China and Hong Kong, with new iPhones carrying a far lower price tag in Hong Kong than in China.
In a bid to regain the sales momentum of the iPhone X, Apple plans on launching a new color variant of the handset. The report from Mac Otakara does not provide any more details or the color that Apple is expected to introduce for the iPhone X.