Xiaomi just announced the iPhone 8 we’re expecting next year
Next year, Apple will come out with an iPhone design that will be unlike any iPhone the company made to date. That is if current reports are accurate. The iPhone 8 should have an all-screen design, complete with a virtual home button that will replace the iconic physical home button, and an OLED screen. The display may be curved, in which case the side buttons could also disappear. Some people expect Apple to move from metal to ceramic for the phone’s exterior shell, although Apple surely can’t manufacture ceramic cases to meet actual iPhone demand. Moreover, the wildest iPhone 8 rumor yet says Apple will launch a clear all-screen iPhone next year.
But until that happens, there’s already a company that came out with a smartphone concept that looks very much like an iPhone 8 prequel, one that you’ll be able to buy in November for just over $500.
Xiaomi on Tuesday introduced the Mi Mix smartphone in the image above. It’s got a bezel-less display, and the 6.4-inch screen occupies 91.3% of the front side of the phone.
The front-facing camera has been relocated to the bottom bezel, but you’ll be able to rotate the phone to take regular selfies. The proximity sensor has been replaced by ultrasound, The Verge reports, and the front speaker was swapped for a piezoelectric speaker that uses the metal frame to generate sound.
The back of the phone and the side buttons are al made of ceramic.
The innards of the phone are equally impressive. We’re looking at a Snapdragon 821 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage – that’s what you’ll find inside Google’s Pixels as well. The phone also has a 16-megapixel rear camera, headphone jack, fingerprint sensor on the back, 192Hz / 24-bit DAC chip, dual-SIM support, and a 4,400 mAh battery.
The base configuration costs around $516 and ships on November 4th. For $590, you’ll get 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. However, it’s unlikely that Xiaomi will have enough units to go around. After all, this is labeled as a concept phone by Xiaomi. The company probably wanted the “world’s first” title real bad.
Yes, Apple just announced that huge 12.9-inch iPad Pro the web has been buzzing about for months. The huge device is Apple’s biggest tablet yet, a gadget that’s clearly geared towards business professionals looking for a fast way of dealing with various work-related computing chores. That doesn’t mean the Retina MacBook-sized tablet isn’t made for at-home use, far from it. The device can certainly be used as one’s main computer thanks to a large plethora of apps and additional features that were not available so far on iPad.
In what follows we’re going to take a close look at the iPad Pro’s specs.
iPad Pro Specs:
Size: 6.9mm thin
Weight: 1.57 pounds
12.9-inch Retina display
64-bit 16-nanometer Apple A9X processor (1.8x better than the A8X chip it replaces)
M9 motion coprocessor
32/128GB of storage
8-megapixel iSight camera with f/2.2 aperture, 5-element lens, True Tone flash and 4K video recording
Wi-Fi 802.11ac with MIMO
LTE up to 150Mbps
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Touch ID fingerprint sensor
Battery life (10 hours of video/Wi-Fi browsing)
iOS 9 with special tablet-friendly multitasking features
Apple Pencil stylus
Special keyboard for iPad Pro — the Smart Keyboard
Colors: Gold, Silver and Space Gray
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The European Union isn’t the only one to consider Apple’s Irish tax arrangements illegal — Reuters reports that a senior Apple exec came close to being jailed for alleged tax evasion in Italy.
Back in 2013, the Italian government accused the company of failing to declare sales revenue from sales in Italy, instead funnelling it to Ireland. The Italian tax authorities said that undeclared sales from 16 Apple Stores in the country totalled more than $1.3B, and sent Apple a tax bill for $347M.
Apple paid up, but that wasn’t the end of it …
The Italian authorities continued with a criminal investigation against the head of Apple’s Irish-based unit Apple Sales International. The exec could have gone to jail for six months. Instead, a deal has been struck whereby the jail time is converted into a fine.
Under the settlement agreement, a six-month jail sentence for the executive has been converted into the payment of a €45,000 ($49,126) fine, the source said. Under Italian law, a settlement agreement does not imply an admission of guilt.
That latter statement is important, allowing Apple to continue to deny any wrong-doing. Prosecutors have also dropped the case against two managers from Apple Italy, likely as part of the same deal.
Repubblica reports that Apple has agreed that the revenue from future sales in Italy will be declared as Italian income, with tax paid on it locally.
Apple on Wednesday revealed that its highly anticipated, entirely wireless AirPods earbuds will not ship within their originally advertised timeframe, finding their way into the hands of consumers later this fall.
"We don't believe in shipping a product before it's ready, and we need a little more time before AirPods are ready for our customers," Apple said in a statement issued to TechCrunch. Further details for the delay were not revealed.
It now appears that Apple's new Powerbeats3 workout headphones will beat the AirPods to market. The company began taking orders for Powerbeats 3 on Tuesday, with the first deliveries scheduled to arrive next week.
Apple's AirPods, Powerbeats 3, and already-available Beats Solo3 Wireless headphones all feature a new proprietary W1 chip that makes it easier to pair with multiple Apple devices. For example, a pair of AirPods will be able to sync with an iPhone, Apple Watch, iPad and Mac, and instantly switch between the devices depending on what device is being used at that point, thanks to Bluetooth pairing info being shared via iCloud.
The W1 chip also offers much greater range, thanks to its use of Class 1 Bluetooth. Informal testing of the Solo3 Wireless found that they can be used at a distance of up to 400 feet –much farther than the 33 feet most Bluetooth products support.
As for the AirPods, they carry on the look of Apple's iconic white EarPods, but ditch the cord between them that connects to a device. Instead, the earpieces are both completely wireless and separate, simply resting in a user's ear and offering quick taps or voice commands for control.
In addition to the W1 chip, AirPods also include beam-forming microphones, accelerometers, infrared sensors and more. They also come with a small charging and carrying case that will provide more power on the go.
Apple on Tuesday revealed the results of its fourth quarter of fiscal 2016, in which the company sold 45.5 million iPhones on its way to $9 billion in net income, coming in just slightly ahead of expectations on Wall Street.
Revenue for the quarter reached $46.9 billion, down from $51.5 billion a year ago, but also ahead of market consensus that Thomson Reuters pegged at $46.89. Earnings per share came in at $1.67, also slightly ahead of Wall Street's expectation of $1.65.
As usual, the iPhone was the main cash cow for Apple. The 45.5 million sold were slightly ahead of what investors anticipated, at 4 million.
But the company also spotlighted its services revenue, which grew 24 percent to an all-time quarterly record of $6.3 billion.
One area where Apple's earnings did disappoint relative to expectations was gross margins– they were at 38 percent, compared to 39.9 percent a year ago.
The conclusion of the fourth quarter marks the first-ever year where iPhone sales declined compared to the prior. iPhone units were down from 48 million in the same period a year ago.
iPad sales for the quarter were 9.3 million, a 6 percent decrease from a year prior. And the Mac hit sales of 4.9 million, off 14 percent from the same period in 2015.
"Our strong September quarter results cap a very successful fiscal 2016 for Apple," Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook said. "We're thrilled with the customer response to iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and Apple Watch Series 2, as well as the incredible momentum of our Services business, where revenue grew 24 percent to set another all-time record."
Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2017, Apple is guiding the following:
revenue between $76 billion and $78 billion
gross margin between 38 percent and 38.5 percent
operating expenses between $6.9 billion and $7 billion
other income/(expense) of $400 million
tax rate of 26 percent
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