Apple has usually sourced NAND chips for its products from Samsung, Hynix, and Toshiba. However, a new report from Nikkei claims that Apple is currently in talks with Chinese NAND supplier Yangtze Memory Technologies to use their NAND chips in its upcoming new iPhones and other models that it will sell in China.
Earlier this week, the iBoot source code of iOS 9 was leaked on Github. Cited as the ‘biggest leak in history,’ the leak was downplayed by Apple saying the security of its devices does not depend on the secrecy of their source code. However, many people still wondered how the leak occurred and who inside Apple leaked it.
Apple and Goldman Sachs are reportedly in talks to offer customers financial loans for buying Apple products. Most customers usually end up buying their expensive new Apple product through their credit card which carries high interest rates. Goldman Sachs wants customers to avoid paying such high interest fees by taking out a loan from them instead.
The New York Police Department is rolling out iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus to Manhattan officers to replace 36,000 Windows Phones which it had supplied to them in 2016. Last year, NYPD announced that it would be replacing those phones with an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus due to Microsoft stopping support for its mobile system.
A new DigiTimes report claims that the Taiwanese supply chain is set to benefit from new or increased orders from Apple for its next-generation iPad, MacBook, and Apple Watch models due to be released this year. It further claims that Apple will start its 2018 device launch season from March itself.
The iPhone X was already pretty expensive in India when it was first launched. Due to a hike in import taxes, Apple was forced to further increase the price of the handset in the country a couple of months after launch. Now, Apple has once again increased the price of the iPhone X and other iPhones in its lineup due to an increase in import taxes by the Indian government.
In his latest investors note, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will be exclusively using Intel modem inside its 2018 iPhone lineup. Apple had first started using Intel baseband inside iPhones starting with the iPhone 7 in 2016. However, the majority of baseband orders from Apple have always gone to Qualcomm, with Intel only supplying the baseband for selected iPhone models used in the United States.
A Chinese national living in the United States has pleaded guilty to working in a racket that smuggles and sell counterfeit Apple products like the iPhone and iPad.
The latest numbers from analytics firm Strategy Analytics point to Apple’s iPhone lineup outselling Huawei and Samsung smartphones during Q4 2017. This was despite the huge 16 percent decline in smartphone shipments in China and the overall smartphone market shrinking by 9 percent during the period.
The Indian smartphone is very price sensitive that is dominated by the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Samsung. However, in the premium segment i.e. for smartphones costing above Rs 30,000, Apple dominates the market despite its flagship handsets carrying an exorbitantly high price tag in the country.