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Sources within the component supply chain are reportedly expecting orders for an updated iPhone SE in the first half of 2022.

Backing up recent claims by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, a new report says that Apple is planning to launch an updated version of the entry-level iPhone.

According to Digitimes Asia, unspecified industry sources say that orders for the phone will create new business for what it calls chip probing specialists. Chip probing is part of the quality testing process, and the publication's sources say that the work will be done by Xintec.

Xintec is a subsidiary of Apple's chip manufacturer TSMC. The Xintec subsidiary is a supplier for components for the original iPhone SE, and the newer model as well.

Digitimes has a strong reputation for the information provided by its sources. However, it has a much poorer track record in the conclusions it makes from that information.

In this case, the timeframe of H1 2022 does fit with Ming-Chi Kuo's estimates. Kuo also expects that this updated iPhone SE will remain the same size, but add both 5G and a newer A-series processor.

Kuo further expects the new iPhone SE to be the lowest-cost 5G iPhone ever made.

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Human rights activists and journalists have been the subject of hacking attempts using NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, an investigation claims, with approximately 37 smartphones successfully hacked using the surveillance tool.

The "iPhone 13" could have an always-on display mode similar to the Apple Watch, a report claims, reiterating rumors from early 2021 where users could be given visual alerts without wasting battery.

In this week's roundup, dozens of Capitol riot defendants wiped devices, a Five Guys employee's Apple Watch was stolen, and a Kenyan woman's iPhone is "double-stolen."

With the launch of the Beats Studio Buds, Apple now has a total of four wireless earbuds it sells to consumers. Here's how the newcomers face against AirPods, AirPods Pro, and Beats Powerbeats Pro.

Sony launched the WF-1000XM4 wireless earbuds in June, its noise-cancelling rival to the Apple AirPods Pro. Here's how Sony's latest stacks up against Apple's heavy hitter.

Apple has evolved its remote control over time, with each iteration introducing physical improvements and better features. After launching the second-generation Siri Remote, has Apple created its best controller?

In April, Amazon upgraded its Echo Buds to make it a better value-oriented rival to Apple's AirPods. Here's how Amazon's offerings stack up to Apple's AirPods and AirPods Pro.

Apple's launch of AirTag puts it into a growing market of tracking accessories, but how does it compare against the Tile Pro and the Find My-enabled Chipolo One Spot? We compare the trackers.

Human rights activists and journalists have been the subject of hacking attempts using NSO Group's Pegasus spyware, an investigation claims, with approximately 37 smartphones successfully hacked using the surveillance tool.

The "iPhone 13" could have an always-on display mode similar to the Apple Watch, a report claims, reiterating rumors from early 2021 where users could be given visual alerts without wasting battery.

In this week's roundup, dozens of Capitol riot defendants wiped devices, a Five Guys employee's Apple Watch was stolen, and a Kenyan woman's iPhone is "double-stolen."

On the latest episode of AppleInsider's "This Week in Apple," we talk about the release of the long-rumored Apple MagSafe battery, we dive into why Apple's Weather app won't show the number 69, and discuss even more rumors on a future iPad mini plus a MacBook Pro refresh.

With its $99 price tag, Apple's own MagSafe battery pack can be a tough sell compared to competitors at half or even a third of the price. But while the functionality may look strikingly similar on the surface, there are many, many reasons why Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack is a better buy than the rest.

After much speculation, Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 line is official. Here's what you need to know about it, alongside some worthwhile alternatives.

As we approach a year following the launch of iPhone 12, MagSafe has stood out as one of the most compelling features. Here's how you can add it to any iPhone, or really, any smartphone.

In this week's roundup, we look at models of the "iPhone 13," discuss the prospect of an "M2" chip in 2022, and that the Touch Bar may not be around much longer according to one analyst.

You probably don't have enough on-device storage space on your Mac, and it's probably not that much different on your iPhone or iPad. This is fixable across your network or over the Internet with the solid Asustor Lockerstor 2 and Lockerstor 4 network attached storage devices.

Mophie's MagSafe-compatible Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount is a somewhat odd product, offering an affordable magnetic puck that mimics Apple's own MagSafe charger, but only at half the charging speed of the official accessory.

There are times when you need the best performance possible. It's usually not cheap, but when it delivers, it can be crucial to your fast-paced workflow. In this case, we're taking a closer look at the Fantom Drives eXtreme Thunderbolt 3 SSD, a drive that works flawlessly on Mac and iPad.

A large multi-touch trackpad has now made its way to the iPad Air thanks to the Brydge Air Max+. We put it to the test to see if it is worth adding to your setup.

As AirTag has finally made its way into the world, new accessories are coming to market for Apple's device tracker. We tested Nomad's now-shipping Leather Loop to see how it performed.

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More leaks suggest the next iPhone might have an always-on display

Engadget 19 July, 2021 - 01:01pm

Gurman didn't outline the always-on screen functionality. However, a past leak from Max Weinbach suggested Apple would use an LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) panel that, like on the Apple Watch and a few Android phones, could drop to extremely low refresh rates to offer persistent information without a large hit to battery life. You might see some notifications, battery life and the clock without having to wake up your phone.

The writer also used his newsletter to narrow the time frame for a long-rumored MacBook Pro redesign. He now expects Apple to start mass production of the mini LED-equipped laptops in the third quarter of 2021 (aka this summer) with a launch between September and November. That's still somewhat vague, but it does suggest you won't have to wait until next year (or watch for a surprise early announcement).

The new MacBook Pros are rumored to have a 'flat' design like the new iMac (minus the colors) while using a more powerful take on Apple's M1 chip that could support up to 64GB of RAM and more ports. Mini LEDs could deliver a screen that offers high contrast ratios and brightness while keeping battery life in check.

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Here's Why Apple Stock Has Room to Run Higher

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The iPhone 6 series was a landmark device for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) when it was launched in September of 2014, as it marked the company's transition toward bigger screens. The iPhone 6 and the bigger iPhone 6 Plus were runaway hits among consumers: Apple sold 10 million units of the devices in just three days of their launch.

The sales momentum of the iPhone 6 models spilled over into 2015. In the first quarter of that year, Apple's iPhone sales surged 41% year over year to 74.5 million units, beating Wall Street's estimates of 67 million by a wide margin. Apple ended up shipping a record 231 million units in 2015, a number that it hasn't matched since. It is also worth noting the 478% Apple stock has soared since the iPhone 6 models went on sale in September 2014. But I think that Apple investors can expect a rerun of this impressive stock price rally in the coming years. Let's see why.

Market research firm Counterpoint Research rightly points out that the iPhone 6 triggered Apple's first volume supercycle as consumers shifted to larger-screen devices. The first iPhone, launched in 2007, had a screen size of 3.5 inches. Apple stuck to a 3.5-inch screen till the iPhone 4S was released in 2011, before moving to a 4-inch configuration for the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

Apple consumers got a taste of bigger screens for the first time with the iPhone 6. While the standard device had a 4.7-inch screen, the Plus model was even bigger at 5.5 inches. Not surprisingly, Apple consumers upgraded in droves, as large-screen phones were all the rage at that time. The company had been selling relatively smaller phones for over seven years by the time the iPhone 6 arrived, so it had a huge installed base that was raring to upgrade. 

Apple's iPhone installed base stood at 500 million in June 2014, so the tremendous sales growth triggered by the iPhone 6 models was a given. The launch of the iPhone 12 has kicked off another upgrade cycle for Apple, though on a much bigger scale.

Unlike the last iPhone supercycle, which was led by a change in the form factor of smartphones, the current one is being driven by the arrival of 5G wireless technology. Telecom carriers around the globe are rolling out 5G networks at a rapid pace, and that's encouraging customers to buy devices to take advantage of the fast speeds offered by the new wireless standard.

To put it simply, the current upgrade cycle is being driven by necessity. You can stick to an older phone with a small screen if that's a personal preference, but faster speeds are something consumers will always like to have. That helps explain why a Counterpoint Research study in 2019 found that consumers were willing to spend 20% more on 5G smartphones.

All of this explains why the iPhone 12 is moving the needle in a big way for Apple. The device has sold 100 million units within just the seven months since it launched, mirroring the initial sales trajectory of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 12 models may have moved more units and exceeded the iPhone 6's initial performance had Apple not been hamstrung by the global chip shortage, which hindered production during the lucrative holiday season.

However, investors shouldn't forget that this is just the beginning of the latest upgrade cycle. Counterpoint Research points out that the iPhone 12's installed base stood at 16% in the first quarter of 2021, which means that 84% of Apple's customers have yet to upgrade to a 5G smartphone. That's a huge number, as Apple CEO Tim Cook disclosed in January this year that there are more than 1 billion iPhones in use globally.

That means there are more than 800 million iPhone users in an upgrade window, which is way bigger than the company's installed base in 2014. It is also worth noting that the 5G iPhones are driving Apple's average selling price higher. So Apple isn't just poised to record impressive volume growth in the coming years, it may also have some wiggle room to push its prices up.

Analysts expect Apple to ship as many as 250 million iPhones this year, followed by at least 226 million units next fiscal year. That would still leave room for growth in 5G smartphone shipments considering the huge iPhone installed base. Throw in the improved pricing, and it isn't surprising to see that analysts expect Apple's earnings to grow at nearly 18% a year for the next half-decade, a big jump over the 8% annual growth seen in the last five years. And don't forget that Apple's margins are getting a nice shot in the arm thanks to the growing influence of its services business.

Apple seems to be sitting on much stronger catalysts right now than it was nearly seven years ago, which is why it is likely to remain a top growth stock and potential multibagger, even after so many years of terrific gains.

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Apple issues watchOS 7.6 update to the public | AppleInsider

AppleInsider 19 July, 2021 - 12:06pm

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Apple has released watchOS 7.6, a minor update to the Apple Watch operating system focused on bug and security fixes.

Following several rounds of beta testing, Apple on Tuesday released the final watchOS 7.6 update to the public. A small update focused on under-the-hood tweaks, watchOS 7.6 doesn't introduce any new user-facing features or changes.

Users can download the watchOS 7.6 update manually by opening the Watch app on their iPhone, selecting My Watch, General, and Software Update. The Apple Watch needs to be at least 50% charged and placed on a charger for the update to install.

Additionally, the update can be installed from an Apple Watch itself in the Settings app.

It's likely that watchOS 7.6 will be one of the last releases to Apple's watchOS 7 as the company turns it attention to watchOS 8.

Debuted at WWDC 21, watchOS 8 is a major update to the Apple Watch ecosystem that introduces more health features like a Mindfulness app, changes to Messages and Contacts, and new workout types in the Fitness app.

Apple is now on the third generation of betas for its milestone operating systems, providing developers with new builds of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15.

Apple has provided testers with seeds for the release candidates of tvOS 14.7 and watchOS 7.6, as it nears releasing the final versions of the updates to the public.

Apple has seeded the release candidate versions of iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7, a sign that a full release of the operating systems will arrive in the near future.

Apple is now on the third generation of betas for its milestone operating systems, providing developers with new builds of iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15.

Apple has provided testers with seeds for the release candidates of tvOS 14.7 and watchOS 7.6, as it nears releasing the final versions of the updates to the public.

Apple has seeded the release candidate versions of iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7, a sign that a full release of the operating systems will arrive in the near future.

On the latest episode of AppleInsider's "This Week in Apple," we talk about the release of the long-rumored Apple MagSafe battery, we dive into why Apple's Weather app won't show the number 69, and discuss even more rumors on a future iPad mini plus a MacBook Pro refresh.

With its $99 price tag, Apple's own MagSafe battery pack can be a tough sell compared to competitors at half or even a third of the price. But while the functionality may look strikingly similar on the surface, there are many, many reasons why Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack is a better buy than the rest.

After much speculation, Apple's MagSafe Battery Pack for the iPhone 12 line is official. Here's what you need to know about it, alongside some worthwhile alternatives.

As we approach a year following the launch of iPhone 12, MagSafe has stood out as one of the most compelling features. Here's how you can add it to any iPhone, or really, any smartphone.

In this week's roundup, we look at models of the "iPhone 13," discuss the prospect of an "M2" chip in 2022, and that the Touch Bar may not be around much longer according to one analyst.

You probably don't have enough on-device storage space on your Mac, and it's probably not that much different on your iPhone or iPad. This is fixable across your network or over the Internet with the solid Asustor Lockerstor 2 and Lockerstor 4 network attached storage devices.

Mophie's MagSafe-compatible Snap+ Wireless Vent Mount is a somewhat odd product, offering an affordable magnetic puck that mimics Apple's own MagSafe charger, but only at half the charging speed of the official accessory.

There are times when you need the best performance possible. It's usually not cheap, but when it delivers, it can be crucial to your fast-paced workflow. In this case, we're taking a closer look at the Fantom Drives eXtreme Thunderbolt 3 SSD, a drive that works flawlessly on Mac and iPad.

A large multi-touch trackpad has now made its way to the iPad Air thanks to the Brydge Air Max+. We put it to the test to see if it is worth adding to your setup.

As AirTag has finally made its way into the world, new accessories are coming to market for Apple's device tracker. We tested Nomad's now-shipping Leather Loop to see how it performed.

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