Kuo: High Preorder Demand For Apple Watch Series 4, low Expectations For 5.8-inch iPhone XS

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In a research note seen by AppleInsider, Kuo says average shipping times for Apple’s flagship iPhone XS Max suggest demand for the premium handset is in line with expectations.

With launch shipments already pushed back one to two weeks, depending on model, the company’s “high price strategy” appears to be paying off. Chinese demand is expectedly strong as the XS Max ticks off that demographic’s most-wanted features with a new gold color option, dual-SIM support and an oversized 6.5-inch display.

Apple’s new dual-SIM solution relies on eSIM technology already in use in Apple Watch and iPad, but the company is unable to market the technology in China due to carrier restrictions. Instead, Apple took the extra step of building a special model for Chinese consumers that supports two physical SIM cards, one on each side of the SIM tray.

Kuo notes average shipping times for XS Max are shorter than the two to three week ship-by dates seen during last year’s iPhone X release, but believes the improvements have more to do with the supply chain than relaxed demand. As such, the analyst is forecasting XS Max to account for 25 to 30 percent of new iPhone shipments.

Demand for the 5.8-inch iPhone XS is lower than anticipated, Kuo says, pointing out most models of the iPhone X successor will deliver to customers on launch day. Considering the numbers, the analyst believes more users are interested in iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR, the latter being a new mid-tier iPhone with 6.1-inch LCD screen set to go on sale in October.

On the back “lackluster demand,” Kuo decreased iPhone XS allocation estimates from 15 to 20 percent of all new iPhone model shipments down to 10 to 15 percent.

Picking up the slack is iPhone XR, which moves from 50 to 55 percent up to 55 to 60 percent of new model shipments. More affordable pricing starting at $749 in the U.S. and dual-SIM support in the Chinese market are likely to fuel demand for the aluminum clad iPhone.

“We estimate the shipment peak of XS Max and XS will be in October and XR will start shipping and benefiting supply chain momentum in October,” Kuo says. “We estimate the shipments of the 2H18 new iPhone models will grow slightly year-over-year to 75 to 80 million units.”

Finally, Apple Watch Series 4 is performing better than expected with Apple showing multiple model stockouts in participating launch countries. Kuo attributes increased interest to new functions like advanced heart monitoring and electrocardiogram capabilities.

Currently, Apple Watch ECG support is limited to the U.S., where the company secured FDA clearance for over-the-counter sales, and is not scheduled to roll out until later this year. During its unveiling, Apple COO Jeff Williams said the company is working to bring ECG capabilities to other countries, but failed to offer a timeline on release.

Kuo predicts Apple Watch shipments will reach 18 million units in 2018, with Series 4 accounting for 50 to 55 percent of the whole.

Starting March 2019, iPhone & Watch Apps Must Support Xs Max And Series 4 Hardware

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Apple will soon stop accepting iPhone apps that don’t take full advantage the native display resolution of iPhone Xs Max. Likewise, Apple Watch apps must support the new Apple Watch Series 4 hardware.

Apple has communicated these updates in a pair of posts yesterday on its developer portal. The posts invite members of the paid Apple Developer Program to submit their apps and app updates to the improved App Store and the all-new Mac App Store in macOS Mojave.

Starting March 2019, all new apps and app updates for iPhone, including universal apps, will need to be built with the iOS 12 SDK and support iPhone XS Max. All new apps and app updates for Apple Watch will need to be built with the watchOS 5 SDK and support Apple Watch Series 4.

Thanks to its larger display with rounded corners and more pixels, Series 4 can show more content and display more information. That’s especially true when you consider vivid detail achieved via new complication types on the Infograph and Infograph Modular faces.

Apple’s page dedicated to third-party Apple Watch software development includes all of the assets, materials, tutorials and documents needed to get ready for the new watchOS 5 features. Likewise, Apple is providing necessary assets to help developers take their iPhone apps to the next level with iOS 12 and the new iPhone Xs Max screen resolution.

As a developer video explains, apps that take full advantage of adaptive UI layouts and safe area insets should look nice on the Max with minimal effort on the developer’s part. Any app built against iOS 11 or later should run full-screen display mode on iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr.

As of April 2018, all new iOS apps, including universal apps, must be optimized for iPhone X. In July 2018, Apple told developers that updates to existing iPhone and iPad apps submitted for approval needed to support iOS 11 and the Super Retina display or they would get rejected.

In the past two years, Apple has been more stringent with developers when it comes to supporting its latest technologies and form factors. I wish Apple adopted such a no-compromise stance earlier as that would have kept many rarely updated apps or abandoned wares out of the App Store shelves.

 

Should You Upgrade iPhone X To Apple’s iPhone XS Or iPhone XR?

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A large chunk of Apple’s audience is already lighting their bank accounts on fire in anticipation of all the neat new gear they can start preordering this week. That’s just the way it is, and partly why Apple can afford to do things like build sprawling, $200 buildings in the heart of Silicon Valley.

No matter the price, or specifications, a lot of people are going to order one of the new iPhones: the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, or iPhone XS Max—a naming convention Apple totally didn’t borrow from that other company.

You, however, are a reasonable Lifehacker reader who isn’t afraid to pay big bucks for sweet, geeky gear, but only if it provides a value and experience that’s greater than that which you already have. In other words, you don’t buy based on hype, and you don’t need an upgrade just because it’s new; you need an upgrade if it’s actually worth buying.

Key specs

iPhone XR: 6.1-inch “Liquid Retina” LCD display; 64GB, 128GB, or 256GB storage; red, yellow, white, coral, black, and blue finishes; A12 Bionic chip; 12MP wide-angle camera; 7MP front-facing “TrueDepth” camera. Ranging from $749 to $899.

iPhone XS: 5.8-inch OLED display; 64GB, 256GB or 512GB storage; gold, space gray, and silver finishes; A12 Bionic chip; 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras; 7MP front-facing “TrueDepth” camera. Ranging from $999 to $1,349.

iPhone XS Max: 6.5-inch OLED display. Everything else the iPhone XS has. Ranging from $1,099 to $1,449.

If you own an iPhone X, congratulations! Your expensive smartphone lasted less time than the iPhone 8, as your relic is no longer purchasable from Apple… but the iPhone 8 (and even the iPhone 7) are still there. This makes sense, of course, since there’s absolutely no reason to buy an iPhone X with Apple dropping three new iPhones (two XSs and an XR) that basically take all the good things about the iPhone X and reconfigure them in different ways.

If you upgrade—and I don’t think it makes sense to upgrade—you’re not getting all that much, hardware-wise. That’s not to say the A12 Bionic chip in the iPhone XS isn’t faster: Apple claims performance boosts of 15 percent for its two “performance” cores; a speed boost of 50 percent from its apple-design GPU; and a big, juicy brain an eight-core neural engine that can reach 5 trillion operations per second (more than eight times your device’s “meager” 600 billion operations per second).

If you’re a big photography nut—and Apple loves you, if so—the iPhone XS and XS Max aren’t coming out of the gate with a crazy-higher megapixel count for the wide-angle camera or telephoto cameras. There’s a new, larger sensor and improved TrueTone flash, but that’s probably not as monumental as the devices’ “Smart HDR” mode and, the big improvement, the ability to edit a photo’s depth of field after you’ve taken it.

Would I drop $1,000 on that after already paying (at least) $1,000 for an iPhone X last year? No. Are the iPhone XS’ other improvements worth an expensive $1,000 upgrade? No. But you can probably sell your iPhone X for at least $500 or so right now from one of the many trade-in places (or eBay), so that helps soften the blow a bit. Generally speaking, though, I’d wait for next year’s iPhone upgrade—the non-”s” cycle—to really get your money’s worth.

 

New Details Leak about The iPhone Xs Max, Fourth-generation Apple Watch

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With one day to go before Apple’s big “Gather round” event, new details have emerged about the devices most likely to make an appearance tomorrow. The details come from 9to5Mac, which was the first outlet to publish real images purportedly of the upcoming iPhone Xs/Xs Max and fourth-generation Apple Watch.

On the iPhone front, 9to5Mac says the 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max could weigh 7.34 ounces versus the iPhone 8 Plus which weighs 7.13 ounces. It attributes the stainless steel enclosure band on the new model for the difference. The iPhone 8 Plus has aluminum on the sides. The publication calls the design for the iPhone Xs Max “asymmetrical.” We’re expecting to see the iPhone Xs – the direct replacement for the iPhone X – together with a larger 6.5-inch Xs Max or Xs Plus model, and a cheaper 6.1-inch LCD version. Speculation on the name for that has included the iPhone Xc and iPhone Xr.

It has also heard that for the second year in a row, iPhones will include a 5W charging brick with USB-A in the box. On Monday, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo reported the same news which came from a separate source.

9to5Mac has also heard the iPhone Xs Max with dual SIM will have four holes on one side of the Lightning port and seven holes on the other side. This compares to six holes on either side on the iPhone X. There’s been no word on why the change was made.

Finally, both the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max are expected to ship with separate space wallpapers, depending on the color of the device. Above, you can see the wallpaper that’s expected to ship with the new gold version; there will be ones matching the space gray and silver models.

For the Apple Watch Series 4, 9to5Mac says it expects this year’s model to feature 64-bit processors, just like the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. 32-bit software is no longer supported on iOS and won’t be on macOS after this year, so this piece of news makes sense. The current Apple Watch is 32-bit.

This year’s Apple Watch is expected to feature a bigger display, all-new face, and more. As a reminder, Apple’s press event tomorrow begins at 10 a.m. PDT. We offer detailed instructions on how to watch the event live.

 

Silicon Valley’s Product Strategy Won’t Work With Health Care, Says Apple Veteran

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In an opinion piece published to CNBC’s website Thursday Robin Goldstein, who served in a wide variety of roles in her 22-year career at Apple, argues tech companies need to take a different approach to product failure when it comes to health-related devices. In particular, the “fast fail” strategy is not an option.

“This is the mindset Silicon Valley has brought to every space it enters: A bad product or poor user experience doesn’t have any ramifications beyond that particular product or experience, and they can always wipe the slate clean and start again,” Goldstein writes. “In the world of digital health this is a big problem.”

There are three reasons for this, according to the author. The functionality of digital health products is often a matter of life and death, the health products “require buy-in from both the user and their health care provider,” and that the old adage, “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression,” applies especially to the health sector.

She mentions Theranos, the controversial blood testing startup that collapsed last year in scandal and indictments, leading to the company’s official dissolution earlier this week. Theranos sought to emulate Apple, while its founder Elizabeth Holmes saw herself as a new Steve Jobs, but the company not only failed to come up with a working product, but was allegedly committing fraud.

“Every new microfluidics testing venture is now subject to both increased scrutiny and has to to overcome a general suspicion regarding the technology, its effectiveness, and actual benefits,” Goldstein writes. “In other words, everyone who follows Theranos has the burden of proving they’re not Theranos before even getting to the question of whether their product will pass the risk/benefit analysis discussed above.”

Goldstein’s piece, aside from the sharing of her credentials, does not mention Apple directly, nor does it refer specifically to any of Apple’s initiatives. Apple has launched some ambitious health-related products in the last year, including a huge health records digitization effort, while numerous news stories have had Apple Watches literally saving users’ lives.

“The size of the healthcare market and relative ease with which products can be developed, as well as the current appeal of applying algorithms and machine learning to the imprecision of the human body, requires that extra care be taken, “Goldstein writes.” High tech cannot view digital health as simply the next great market opportunity.

Goldstein, according to her LinkedIn page, left Apple after 22 years in November 2017. Her final title was Senior Manager for Health Special Projects, and she had previously served principal counsel, and senior engineering manager and NewtonOS product marketing manager.

Some emails that surfaced in 2016 had Goldstein, then an attorney for Apple’s health division, expressing interest in cardiac monitoring hardware, and Parkinson’s support.

Incoming 2018 iPhone Lineup Tipped To Cost The Same As Current Models

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The new iPhones arriving in the 2018 refresh should be priced comparatively with the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, according to one report, with the highest cost “iPhone Xs Max” potentially having the same base cost as the iPhone X at launch.

The lowest-priced 2018 iPhone is tipped to start from 799 euro ($929) when it ships, according to sources of Macerkopf, while the “iPhone Xs” and the “iPhone Xs Max” will be priced at 909 euro ($1,056) and 1,149 euro ($1,336) respectively.

It is noted that the alleged price for each of the three 2018 iPhones mirrors the pricing of the 2017 releases when looked at as a group, with the cheapest new iPhone at the same cost as the iPhone 8, and the most expensive supposedly the same as the current iPhone X price.

All of the reported prices for the incoming iPhones are said to be for their respective 64-gigabyte capacity models. The surcharge to upgrade to a 256-gigabyte model is thought to be the same as for the current generation, increasing the cost by 170 euro ($197) for each model.

While seemingly logical, the publication notes it is difficult to estimate the pricing Apple will use for the new models, noting that despite receiving accurate information from the sources in the past, it is not guaranteed to be correct.

Apple is currently expected to reveal three iPhones at its September 12 event, with two OLED models equipped with 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch screens seemingly upgraded versions of the current iPhone X. A third model, equipped with a 6.1-inch TFT LCD, is thought to be the cheapest model of the three, complete with more restrained specifications compared to the other two premium models.

However, even the top-of-the-range model won’t have too many new features. Rather, Apple is focussing on diversifying the iPhone’s appeal (i.e. appealing to a bigger range of people) than introducing a load of new features. We’re expecting Apple’s event to take place on or around 12th September, so hopefully we’ll know for sure then.

Apple Pay Delayed In India Over Data Storage And Authentication Rules

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Apple customers in India won’t be able to use Apple Pay in the country anytime soon, as a report claims a number of roadblocks are preventing the company from setting up its service in the potentially lucrative market.

Apple had plans to set up a Unified Payments Interface in India that would allow Apple Pay to perform transactions with banks in India, reports the Economic Times. Report sources say that, despite holding discussions with major banks operating in India, as well as UPI platform manager the National Payments Corporation of India, the project has been put on hold.

According to the sources, Apple is concerned with the Reserve Bank of India’s recently-created data localization rule, which requires companies to store their payment data within India. While Apple has complied with similar restrictive data storage demands, like it does for Chinese customer data, this would require Apple to set up storage facilities in India or work with a partner in the country, with each taking time to organize.

A second problem, according to a source, is that the NCPI disagrees with the use of fingerprint recognition to authenticate payments through a UPI platform, with its rules preventing on-device biometric systems like Touch ID from being used in transactions. Instead, NPCI would require the use of four or six-digit numbers as authorization.

NCPI does acknowledge biometric authentication, but only when it is validated by UIDAI, a government agency. As Touch ID is kept confined to the device, such validations with an external entity are not possible.

It is claimed that the issues not only affect Apple, but other firms looking to roll out similar monetary transaction services in the market, including Amazon and WhatsApp. PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa are also named as having issues with the data localization role, and Google is also said to be reconsidering its own plans for the market.

In an interview in October last year, Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue advised of Apple’s intentions to bring Apple Pay to India, highlighting the expansion of similar services “empowers people to be able to pay.” Apple Pay is intended to “make that process easy, integrated, and safe,” advised Cue, before advising “We absolutely want to bring Apple Pay to the market.”

The stalling of Apple Pay is one of a number of issues endured by Apple as it tries to increase its presence in the market. It has restructured its sales team for the area, including the departure of three high-level executives, in a bid by the Indian division’s new boss to improve local sales.

Apple is also battling the country’s telecommunications regulators in a disagreement over user privacy in an anti-spam app the government wishes to have installed on iPhones. Apple’s resistance to allow the app has prompted the regulator to create new rules that could cause iPhones to be banned from carriers in the country, and could lead to a courtroom battle over the matter.

The company is also still waiting for permission to open its own stores in the market, a delay that is reportedly forcing it to explore opening premium franchise-owned stores in the interim.

Upcoming 6.5-Inch iPhone Could Be Called ‘iPhone Xs Max’

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Apple’s upcoming 6.5-inch iPhone could be called the “iPhone Xs Max” according to information shared by both BGR and 9to5Mac citing sources with knowledge of Apple’s marketing plans.

Naming for Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup has been unclear and Apple is said to have struggled to decide on a new naming scheme to follow the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

Last week, leaked information suggested Apple has settled on “iPhone Xs” as the name for the 5.8 and 6.5-inch OLED devices that are in the works. At the time, it was believed both could use the same “iPhone Xs” name like the iPad Pro, but now it looks like the larger model could continue to feature a unique name.

Apple is not planning to use the same “Plus” labeling that it has used since the iPhone 6 Plus was introduced, and “Max” could potentially be the replacement. “iPhone Xs Plus” is a mouthful and difficult to say, but “iPhone Xs Max” is easier to pronounce. The 6.5-inch iPhone Xs Max will be sold alongside the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs and the 6.1-inch iPhone, which we don’t yet know the name of.

In other related news, German site Macerkopf has shared details on potential European pricing for the 2018 lineup. Citing a pair of unnamed sources, the site says that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone could cost 799 euros, the 5.8-inch iPhone Xs could cost 909 euros, and the iPhone Xs Max could cost 1149 euros. These are the same prices Apple currently charges for the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, and would translate to pricing of $699, $799, and $999 in the United States.

That’s mostly in line with rumors we’ve heard about U.S. pricing, which have pegged the cost at $600 to $700 for the 6.1-inch iPhone, $800 to $900 for the iPhone Xs, and $900 to $1,000 for the iPhone Xs Max. With Apple’s event set to take place in one week on Wednesday, September 12, we don’t have long to wait to find out Apple’s exact naming and pricing plans for the three devices.

The new iPhones will be unveiled at an event set to take place at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the Steve Jobs Theater on the Apple Park campus. Apple plans to live stream the event.

Apple Probably Won’t Launch iPhones With An In-Display Version Of Touch ID Anytime Soon

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Liked Touch ID, or just plain don’t like unlocking your phone with your face? Too bad, unless you’re an Android person. Apple is likely planning on foregoing an in-display Touch ID fingerprint sensor for phones launched in 2018-2019 altogether in favor of the Face ID system introduced in the iPhone X, 9to5Mac writes, citing an analysis from “reliable supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.”

According to 9to5Mac, one reason Apple may decide to go this route is because the newer generation of high-end OLED screens such as those found in the iPhone X generally lack sensor support throughout the entire screen. However, Android manufacturers are interested in the technology, meaning that a major difference between phones based on either platform may be Face ID vs in-display Touch ID:

In a new research note shared today, Kuo argues that Fingerprint On Display, or FOD, technology will grow 500% in 2019 as Android phones continue to adopt the technology, but Kuo says Apple won’t be embedding Touch ID in new iPhones next fall.

In-screen Touch ID hasn’t been rumored for the iPhone XS this year, and rumors that Apple was working on the technology last summer have been denied.

Kuo argues that Apple’s facial recognition technology as a biometric security solution is serving the iPhone line well. Android phones instead will serve as the testbed for steadily improving Fingerprint On Display technology. As the Verge noted, Samsung has been reported to be looking into in-display fingerprint sensors in its upcoming Samsung S10 line. That potentially sets up a situation in which the two manufacturers will spar over which method is superior. (Both systems are secure enough for the average user, and the more advanced Face ID seems to be on its way up, though it’s debatable that the old Touch ID system is easier to use.)

This is just a prediction, though Kuo is generally recognized as one of the best Apple analysts, including a stretch in 2014 when he accurately anticipated almost the entire slate of products that year.

Even if the report is accurate, though, that doesn’t mean Apple will necessarily ditch Touch ID forever. It could wait until the technology progresses enough to introduce in-display Touch ID. In theory, it could also concede that enough users want both technologies to reverse track and re-introduce the old Touch ID sensor in post-iPhone X models, but that is very unlikely to happen.

iPad Pro 12.9 (2018) Leaks In CAD-based Renders And Video

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Shared by OnLeaks’ Steve Hemmerstoffer in a post to Twitter on Monday, the high-resolution renders, created in conjunction with tech blog MySmartPrice, claim to reveal a vastly redesigned iPad Pro model widely expected to debut this fall.

The images are polished versions of CAD schematics first aired by OnLeaks last week and show an iPad device that departs from Apple’s current aesthetic. Gone are the soft edges of iPad’s rounded chassis, replaced with an angular case design featuring chamfered edges and breaks along the circumference to accommodate radio-transparent material. A similar architecture defined the iPhone 4 in 2013.

As seen in a set of CAD images supposedly showing off an 11-inch iPad Pro last month, today’s renders feature two rows of speaker vents flanking a centrally-located Lightning port at the bottom of the device, a design mirrored on the tablet’s top edge. Two microphone ports are also in view up top, sitting above a TrueDepth camera system embedded in iPad’s bezel.

Button positioning appears to remain unchanged from existing iPad models, though the familiar home button has been removed to make way for more screen real estate. Also deprecated is iPad’s headphone jack, a modification that would bring the device family in line with iPhone.

More dubious is a repositioned Smart Connector that supposedly lives on the back of the tablet directly above its Lightning Connector. MySmartPrice believes the positioning is a concession for Face ID, incorrectly stating that Apple’s facial recognition feature is unlikely to work while iPad is in landscape mode. Code discovered in past iOS 12 beta versions have revealed Face ID will indeed accommodate landscape operation in future devices, with iPad thought to be a prime candidate for inclusion.

Whether the renders, and indeed the CAD from which they are based, are legitimate is unknown. Hemmerstoffer himself hedges on the renders’ veracity, saying in a tweet, “I can’t confirm this one is 100% accurate.”

Rumored for release this fall, Apple’s next-generation iPad Pro models are speculated to boast a smaller footprint while retaining screen dimensions thanks to the deletion of Touch ID. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the shift to an edge-to-edge design will allow Apple to squeeze an 11-inch display into the existing form factor, initially designed to house a 10.5-inch screen. Apple is also anticipated to carry over the jumbo-size 12.9-inch model that ushered in “iPad Pro” branding in 2015.

Apple is scheduled to hold a special media event at its Apple Park headquarters on Sept. 12, where the company is widely expected to launch this year’s iPhone lineup. Whether the smartphones will share stage time with a revamped iPad Pro is unclear.