Sunday, 22 September, 2019

Apple may spark upgrade rush with new iPhones, tight pricing

Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labor law to build latest iPhones Apple and Foxconn broke Chinese labour laws on the upcoming iPhone
Russell Knight | 10 September, 2019, 12:29

According to the BBC, a huge media campaign in China is promoting a "buy local" attitude against U.S. technology companies that could see many upgrading iPhone users opt for a phone from the likes of Huawei or Xiaomi instead. Join Senior Editor Bridget Carey, Senior Editor Iyaz Akhtar and Editor at Large Jeff Bakalar at 9 a.m. PT before the event to hear their insightful hopes for Apple day 2019. "Sales are thriving right now, and a high proportion of customers are actually buying their first ever Apple Watch".

Apple revealed in its third-quarter earnings report that year-over-year iPhone revenue dropped from $29.5 billion to $26 billion.

A day before Apple is expected to unveil new iPhone 11 odels, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has published a new report on what you can expect from the new handsets, including a lack of support for Apple Pencil input.

Other Apple products potentially on the way include a redesigned MacBook Pro with a 16-inch screen, and a new AR-friendly object tracker similar to Tile's Bluetooth trackers.

Join us here on the blog for full live coverage of the event.

Apple's big media event will be about its new iPhones, but services and content are likely to be touted as well.

Several people shot in Dutch city of Dordrecht
Police secure the area after a shooting in the Dutch city of Dordrecht, Netherlands September 9, 2019. Police stressed to CNN that the issue was not terror related.

Xenophobic Riots Erupt in South Africa
He also felt that South Africans needed to examine the way they dealt with foreigners. More than 100,000 Nigerians are estimated to live in South Africa .

Korea fires short-range projectiles toward East Sea: JCS
Her statement came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo voiced hopes for talks to resume. People watch a TV showing a file image of a North Korea's missile launch.

The company also plans to launch a new game subscription service called Apple Arcade by the end of this year.

Apple may also integrate artificial intelligence capabilities, built-in sleep tracking and offer material changes into the smartwatch, but these tweaks will likely only appeal to those who don't already own one and not lead to upgrades.

Analysts warn that Apple still faces challenges as rivals chip away at the smartphone market, in which the iPhone's share is less than 12 percent. It'll be Apple's next move after one iPhone model out-shipped every other smartphone model in the world for the past year. Coming back to the Wedbush note, there is also a mention of the expected prices of the three new iPhones.

Apple's supply chain has faced criticism over poor labour standards for years, and the company has pushed manufacturing partners to improve factory conditions or risk losing business.

China accounts for about 17 percent of Apple sales overall, and has tremendous room for growth, according to Techsponential analyst Avi Greengart.

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