Apple managed to stir quite a controversy when it dropped the 3.5mm headphone jack with the release of the iPhone 7 in 2016. However, to help make the transition easier for its users, Apple has been bundling a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter with all the iPhones it has launched since then. But as per Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis, Apple might not bundle the adapter with its 2018 iPhone lineup.
Despite the reported decline in iPhone X sales, it was the most popular handset in terms of sales in February 2018 surpassing the likes of Galaxy S8 and other budget offerings from Xiaomi and Huawei across the world. Apple, in fact, dominated the list and occupied the top four position.
Guggenheim analyst Robert Cihra believes that Apple will be making a change to how it names iPhones in a bid to simplify its lineup.
After paying quite a premium to Samsung for the 5.8-inch OLED panel it used on the iPhone X, Apple wants the Korean company to reduce the price it pays for its OLED panel. The DigiTimes report claims that Apple wants to lower the production cost of future iPhones so as to ramp up sales of its OLED models.
Despite lowering its projected revenue for the entire year, TSMC may be on track to post record profits for 2018. This is because the company will be fabricating A12 chipsets for Apple on its advanced 7nm fabrication. Additionally, Qualcomm will also be making use of TSMC’s 7nm foundry for its new smartphone chips.
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.