We all have been waiting for Apple to unveil its new low-cost iPhone, but the company had to postpone its initial launch plans due to the COVID-19 situation. However, it looks like the company doesn’t want to wait any longer as it is being reported that Apple might launch the new phone as soon as tomorrow.
The robocall problem is getting out of hand, and consumers have been pissed due to the issue. However, the FCC has a plan to get ahead of it. The solution is to mandate all smartphones to have a common caller ID feature, at least in the US, which makes it easier for users to know in advance how to handle fraud and marketing calls.
Last year, Russia had planned to ban smartphones and computers that lack local apps. However, it looks like the provisions will not kick in until next year. There’s no apparent reason for this delay, but it is being reported that the COVID-19 outbreak might be to blame.
A Reuters report highlights that Apple factories in China have reopened after months of lockdown due to coronavirus. However, many suppliers are worried about the demand of iPhone waning as the global economy comes to a screeching halt due to the pandemic.
iPhone production in India is going to be affected following a nationwide lockdown order from the Indian government. Apple’s supply chain partners Foxconn and Wistron have temporarily shut down their factories in the country to comply with the demand. They are expected to shut down their factories until April 14 to comply with the order.
Dell has now updated its smartphone companion app so that it can offer advances features like screen mirroring, file transfer, and easier message syncing. The updated Dell Mobile Connect app now matches Microsoft’s own Your Phone app in terms of capabilities.
The extended shut down in China due to the coronavirus outbreak has hit iPhone sales hard in the region. Government data shows that Apple sold less than half a million iPhones in February, with sales declining by as much as 60% YoY.
Apple has informed its technical support staff in retail stores that replacement iPhones are in short supply and the shortage will continue for two to four weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Apple’s major supply-chain partner Foxconn has announced that it expects production to go back to its full capacity in China by the end of March. Nonetheless, the company expects a 15% decline in its revenue in the first quarter due to the virus outbreak.
Last month, Apple’s CEO Tim Cook confirmed that Apple will be opening its first retail store in India in 2021. The company had been trying to get the necessary approval from the Indian government for the last few years but only managed to succeed now. As it turns out, the White House lobbied for Apple which paved the way for the company to officially have a retail presence in the country.