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A historic quarter: In Q4 2016 Apple sold more phones than Samsung

Apple sold 78.3 million iPhones to beat Samsung in Q4 2016. While in the last quarter of 2016 Samsung was negatively impacted by the Note 7 battery problems, resulting in a decreased year-over-year smartphone sales, Apple’s iPhone managed to increase its popularity and reach new heights. In the quarter ending December 2016, Apple sold 77.5 million phones, a 3.5 million increase compared with Q4 2015. According to Strategy Analytics, Apple sold more phones than Samsung in the quarter – beating the Korean giant by 0.8[…]

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iPhone 7 sales forecast cut, growth endangered

Supply chain orders have been reduced. The high initial demand for the new iPhone 7 models during the first month after release has forced Apple to ramp up production estimates over the next two quarters. But now it seems that Apple has again changed the sales predictions, from a year-over-year growth to a very low, or even no growth at all. An analysis by Steven Milunovich claims that Apple is lowering the orders to avoid excess of stock in the coming months. The procurement plan[…]

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Apple intentionally slows down Verizon’s iPhone 7 LTE performance

Verizon’s iPhone 7 uses a Qualcomm LTE modem. As you probably know, Apple is using two LTE modems for the iPhone 7 series – one from Qualcomm and one from Intel. These two modems support different maximum download speeds – up to 600MB/s for the Qualcomm modem, and up to 450Mb/s for the Intel LTE modem. For Verizon Wireless, Apple has used the Qualcomm modem, which means theoretically the owners of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus on Verizon could take advantage of the faster[…]

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Glossy white iPhone 7 and 7 Plus on the horizon

Apple may refresh the color of iPhone 7 line in 2017. iPhone 7 / 7 Plus in glossy ‘Jet Black’ has been a success since the release of the new models in September, so Apple may be considering to introduce yet another unusual color in 2017. Sources close to the Japanese blog Mac Otakara has revealed that a version of the iPhone 7 in glossy white could be released in a few months, to stimulate the demand in the first half of the year. Given[…]

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Apple increases the iPhone 7 production after a strong demand

Samsung may lose marketshare in the last quarter. The problems with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 have mixed up the expectations for the smartphone sales at the end of the year. While Samsung is shifting attention and parts orders from the already dead Note 7 to the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge models to compensate the market share loss, Apple has reportedly ramped up its iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus production to meet the strong demand. Contrary to the expectations, and despite the modest hardware[…]

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iPhone 7 with Qualcomm LTE modem performs better than iPhone with Intel chip

Comparing the LTE performance of the iPhone 7. An interesting test performed by Cellular Insights has proven that Apple’s new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus show different LTE performance depending on the modems used for the devices. Apple buys chips from two manufactures – Intel and Qualcomm. Even before the test, we knew that Qualcomm’s equipped iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus have an edge because they support both GSM and CDMA networks, while phones with Intel processors could be used only for GSM[…]

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The 32GB iPhone 7 and 7 Plus have much slower data write speeds

iPhone 7 with 32GB is 8 times slower than the 128GB /256GB models. Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus come in three storage configurations – with 32GB, 128GB or 256GB of storage. With the new iPhone 7, Apple ditched the 16GB model from its line, offering more capacity at the same price. However, the cheapest iPhone 7 / 7 Plus has one big disadvantage over the more expensive models with 128 and 256GB. First noticed by GSMArena in a data read/write test, the 32GB[…]

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iPhone 7 launching in 7 more markets later in October

Apple to release the new iPhones in Korea on October 21. Customers in seven more countries will be able to buy officially the iPhone 7 or the iPhone 7 Plus this month. Apple announced official release dates for the iPhones in seven additional markets, among them South Korea and Colombia. Strangely enough, users in South Korea will be able to purchase an iPhone a month after the device went on sale in the developed countries like the US, UK, Canada and many countries in Europe.[…]

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iOS 10.0.3 rolling out to iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus to fix LTE connectivity issues

Apple released a bug fixing update for iPhone 7 owners The company is releasing an update for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users around the globe that fixes the cellular connectivity issues while the phone is connected to LTE networks. iOS 10.0.3 is available as an OTA update for all devices, and it fixes the annoying drop of the LTE connection, affecting only the new iPhones, which many users in the US have reported. The iOS 10.0.3 update possibly brings some other under the[…]

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Virtual Home button will pop up when your iPhone 7 breaks

A temporary solution if your Home Button breaks Apple has replaced the traditional Home button with a pressure sensitive one in the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, while the upcoming iPhone in 2017 may completely ditch the Home button in favor of a technology built into the display. But the current iPhones use a hybrid Home Button that actually mimics the click feedback, and can they can break as any other part of the phone. To provide a temporary fix, and make the[…]

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