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Apple's iPhone warning: Your camera can be damaged by vibrations from motorcycle engines | ZDNet

ZDNet 13 September, 2021 - 12:04pm

All motors vibrate, but vibrations from high-powered motorcycles reach further across the vehicle than cars because of their proximity to the rest of the chassis. Apple says that "high amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges" can permanently affect your iPhone camera system by damaging the gyroscope sensor that the iPhone's optical image stabilization (OIS) feature relies on to reduce blurry shots in motion. 

5G support is one reason to buy a phone and be confident keeping it for two or three years.

"To reduce image motion and the resulting blur, the lens moves according to the angle of the gyroscope," Apple explains.

See also: Smartphone sales are riding out the global chip shortage

The other factor is closed-loop auto-focus, which is designed to resist the effects of gravity and vibration to ensure sharp focus in stills, videos, and panorama shots.  

"Long-term direct exposure to high-amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges may degrade the performance of these systems and lead to reduced image quality for photos and videos. It is recommended to avoid exposing your iPhone to extended high-amplitude vibrations," Apple explains. 

OIS is present on the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone 7 and later, as well as the second-generation (2020) iPhone SE. 

The Ultra-Wide camera on iPhone 11 and later doesn't have OIS. The Telephoto camera on iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 8 Plus doesn't, either. 

Closed-loop autofocus only features on the iPhone XS and later as well as the second-generation iPhone SE. 

The issue is specific to situations where the user mounts an iPhone to the vehicle. This is a potential problem for motorcyclists who use an iPhone for maps and directions.

"High-power or high-volume motorcycle engines generate intense high-amplitude vibrations, which are transmitted through the chassis and handlebars. It is not recommended to attach your iPhone to motorcycles with high-power or high-volume engines due to the amplitude of the vibration in certain frequency ranges that they generate," Apple warns. 

See also: Get ready for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15

Apple also recommends using a dampening mount for smaller bikes, such as mopeds. 

"Attaching your iPhone to vehicles with small-volume or electric engines, such as mopeds and scooters, may lead to comparatively lower-amplitude vibrations, but if you do so, a vibration dampening mount is recommended to lessen the risk of damage to your iPhone and its OIS and AF systems. It is also recommended to avoid regular use for prolonged periods to lessen the risk of damage further," says Apple. 

The problem isn't specific to iPhones. Samsung Galaxy users have complained about similar issues with the camera when mounting the phone to a bike over extended periods. Reddit users have reported the same camera problems with Google's Pixel phones.     

Motorcyclists are familiar with this OIS issue on smartphones, and it has spawned an anti-vibration setup for motorbikes from a company called QuadLock

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Fudzilla 13 September, 2021 - 10:22am

Apple fanboys keen to strap their iPhone to their  motorbike are fast finding out their their expensive toys are not up to the task.

In a new Apple Support post, the tech giant has warned that high amplitude vibrations, "specifically those generated by high-power motorcycle engines" transmitted through handlebars, can damage its phones' cameras.

As the publication notes, that damage can be permanent. A simple Google search will surface posts over the past few years by users whose cameras were ruined after they mounted their iPhone on their bike, mostly so they can use it for navigation.

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Why This Will Be A Crucial Week For Apple Stock

TheStreet 13 September, 2021 - 04:52am

Apple’s big product launch event of the year will take place on September 14. The Cupertino company is widely expected to unveil its new smartphone model, the iPhone 13, while a new Watch and set of AirPods will probably be featured as well.

It is unclear whether the product announcements will have much of an impact on the stock price. As usual, two factors will likely play an important role in swaying investor sentiment: product features and timing on the availability of the products.

Currently, the expectations are for minimal feature upgrades and little (if any) delay. Any deviation from the status quo could be a stock price mover. Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty seems to believe that the setup is favorable for AAPL shares ahead of the product launches.

Another item to keep an eye on this week will be the App Store. The Apple Maven has recently argued that scrutiny over the Cupertino company’s app platform could be a key risk that Apple stock investors should pay attention to, despite some Wall Street analysts having dismissed it as largely immaterial.

On Friday, the market seems to have recognized the potential downside. AAPL shed $82 billion in market cap on the back of the Apple vs. Epic court ruling. The iPhone maker must now allow other forms of in-app purchases, which could prevent Apple from collecting its commissions of up to 30%.

Will Apple stock recover from the recent decline, putting to rest fears over a more pronounced pullback? Or will the recent App Store development lead to a more damaging selloff?

At a macro level, other factors could impact Apple stock during this important week. On Tuesday, the Labor Department will release its report on consumer inflation. This has been one of the hottest topics of conversation so far in 2021 – and growth stocks have been particularly sensitive to data on price movements.

Then, on Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department will share numbers on retail sales. This is usually an important gauge on consumer activity and could reflect demand for Apple’s consumer products and services.

This is an important week for Apple. Topics ranging from the iPhone 13 to the App Store could impact the performance of AAPL stock. How do you expect share price to move in the next trading days?

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Why This Will Be A Crucial Week For Apple Stock

Techradar 13 September, 2021 - 04:52am

Apple’s big product launch event of the year will take place on September 14. The Cupertino company is widely expected to unveil its new smartphone model, the iPhone 13, while a new Watch and set of AirPods will probably be featured as well.

It is unclear whether the product announcements will have much of an impact on the stock price. As usual, two factors will likely play an important role in swaying investor sentiment: product features and timing on the availability of the products.

Currently, the expectations are for minimal feature upgrades and little (if any) delay. Any deviation from the status quo could be a stock price mover. Morgan Stanley’s Katy Huberty seems to believe that the setup is favorable for AAPL shares ahead of the product launches.

Another item to keep an eye on this week will be the App Store. The Apple Maven has recently argued that scrutiny over the Cupertino company’s app platform could be a key risk that Apple stock investors should pay attention to, despite some Wall Street analysts having dismissed it as largely immaterial.

On Friday, the market seems to have recognized the potential downside. AAPL shed $82 billion in market cap on the back of the Apple vs. Epic court ruling. The iPhone maker must now allow other forms of in-app purchases, which could prevent Apple from collecting its commissions of up to 30%.

Will Apple stock recover from the recent decline, putting to rest fears over a more pronounced pullback? Or will the recent App Store development lead to a more damaging selloff?

At a macro level, other factors could impact Apple stock during this important week. On Tuesday, the Labor Department will release its report on consumer inflation. This has been one of the hottest topics of conversation so far in 2021 – and growth stocks have been particularly sensitive to data on price movements.

Then, on Thursday, the U.S. Commerce Department will share numbers on retail sales. This is usually an important gauge on consumer activity and could reflect demand for Apple’s consumer products and services.

This is an important week for Apple. Topics ranging from the iPhone 13 to the App Store could impact the performance of AAPL stock. How do you expect share price to move in the next trading days?

Alpha Spread’s user-friendly platform allows you to estimate a stock’s fair value –through valuation multiples, discounted cash flow, and more. I believe that the service is a must for anyone looking to own the right stock at the right price. Check out alphaspread.com and get started with a 7-day free trial.

Secret to Apple’s iPhone sales boom: Big 5G deals from wireless carriers

Fox Business 12 September, 2021 - 04:55pm

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Apple Inc.’s AAPL -3.31% iPhone sales have been booming since it launched models last year with ultrafast 5G cellular capability—thanks in large part to wireless companies’ attractive offers to get customers using the new technology.

Verizon Communications Inc., VZ -0.39% AT&T Inc. T -0.88% and T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS -0.48% have rolled out huge subsidies over the past year to retain customers and reduce the cost of buying new iPhones so users will upgrade to their 5G services. As Apple prepares to show off a new crop of 5G-enabled iPhones Tuesday, a big question is how long that expensive fight among the carriers for customers will continue to propel iPhone sales.

The newest iPhones—set to be showcased at Apple’s annual September event, which will be livestreamed—are expected to be more evolutionary than revolutionary. Apple is expected to keep the small, regular and larger sizes and come out with improved camera capabilities.

The expectations have set the stage for a less dramatic technological leap than last fall, when the phones added 5G, the first big update since the iPhone X in 2017 and the iPhone 6 in 2014. Those new phones helped fuel record sales in their respective inaugural 12 months.

The Cupertino, Calif., company is on pace to sell a record 239 million iPhones in the fiscal year that ends later this month, a 27% increase from the previous year, according to estimates by analysts surveyed by FactSet. Apple no longer breaks out units shipped but has said iPhone revenue rose 38% in the first nine months of the fiscal year.

Asked several times this year about the potential for continued growth, Chief Executive Tim Cook has remained optimistic. "We’re in the very early innings of 5G," he told analysts in July. "If you look at 5G penetration around the world, there’s only a couple of countries that are in the double-digits yet. And so that’s an amazing thing nine months or so into this."

Less than 5% of U.S. buyers actually cited the 5G technology as a motivator to buy their phones, according to customer surveys conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The three big mobile network operators have been building out their capabilities for the fifth-generation cellular standard, which holds the promise of moving data over the air quicker and in more volume than before, helping improve the quality of video chats, improve online videogames and usher in new uses.

But the lack of a killer use for 5G has meant a lot of people haven’t paid attention to it. "The people we talked to for surveys don’t even know about it," said Michael Levin, Consumer Intelligence Research co-founder.

5G wasn’t a factor for Justin Jacob, a 25-year-old copywriter in suburban Detroit. Instead, he said, his interest was piqued by updates to the phone’s cameras, and he was ultimately convinced to ditch his iPhone XS for the iPhone 12 Pro, which starts at $999, because of a deal offered by Verizon last fall.

Mr. Jacob said the carrier offered him around $500 for his old phone and a monthly payment of $21 over 18 months for the new one while his previous carrier offered $245 for a trade-in and wanted money up front for the next device. "It was just the best deal I’ve ever had," he said. "And my wife did the same thing."

FOX Business' Susan Li and Constellation Research CEO Ray Wang discuss Apple's business model.

They weren’t alone in landing sweet deals. The arrival of mainstream 5G phones in the U.S. last fall was seen as a potential catalyst for carriers to poach customers from rivals, especially as a large number of iPhone users were seen as ripe for upgrading after putting it off for several years. The carriers have been investing heavily to build out their 5G networks and have incentive to show a continuing customer base for the new offerings.

The latest battle between carriers began to emerge ahead of the iPhone 12’s arrival. Last year, AT&T, which had a lot of legacy iPhone users, started targeting incentives at existing customers to upgrade rather than just trying to lure new ones in from competitors, said Cliff Maldonado, principal analyst for BayStreet Research.

"The carriers are fighting like mad," Mr. Maldonado said. "I tell my clients it can get a lot more aggressive because every carrier has reasons to grow."

Carriers more than doubled their incentive spending during the past three quarters compared with a year earlier, according to estimates by BayStreet Research, which tracks device sales. The average customer saw around $200 of benefit compared with about $100 a year earlier, the consulting firm’s data estimates.

The advertised deals had some eye-popping numbers, including offering some customers brand-new devices for no money down or small monthly payments stretched over many months. Recently AT&T was offering up to $700 credits for trades for a new iPhone Pro that would then cost $8.31 a month for three years.

Some industry observers have questioned how long the carrier will continue the fight. Asked by an analyst in August if AT&T might rein in its subsidies spending, Chief Financial Officer Pascal Desroches said the company was happy with the results. "The offers that we have out there are competitive, and they’re very profitable for us," he said. "So for the foreseeable future, I don’t see any changes in that."

In many ways, it is a return to the original way customers acquired their iPhones when they were heavily subsidized by the carriers eager to win business and lock users into two-year contracts. But as the smartphone market matured, carriers shifted their strategies around 2014 to put the phone’s cost on the customers’ shoulders through monthly payment plans.

As customers, such as Mr. Jacob, benefit from a return to a carrier-subsidized phone, so does Apple, especially as buyers gravitate to the more expensive models.

The tech giant is seeing the average selling price of iPhones rise 12% to $829 this fiscal year, according to analyst estimates. The higher price has helped contribute to three consecutive blockbuster quarters this fiscal year and, according to analyst expectations, puts Apple on track to possibly earn a record of more than $93 billion for the fiscal year that ends this month.

"Anything that reduces the price to the customer is good for the customer and obviously good for the carrier that’s doing it and good for us as well," Mr. Cook said earlier this year. He said he believes carrier competition will continue. "And so it’s a win across the board."

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Secret to Apple’s iPhone sales boom: Big 5G deals from wireless carriers

Seeking Alpha 12 September, 2021 - 04:55pm

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Barron's associate editor Jack Hough joins Ben Levisohn and Carlton English on 'Barron's Roundtable'

Apple Inc.’s AAPL -3.31% iPhone sales have been booming since it launched models last year with ultrafast 5G cellular capability—thanks in large part to wireless companies’ attractive offers to get customers using the new technology.

Verizon Communications Inc., VZ -0.39% AT&T Inc. T -0.88% and T-Mobile US Inc. TMUS -0.48% have rolled out huge subsidies over the past year to retain customers and reduce the cost of buying new iPhones so users will upgrade to their 5G services. As Apple prepares to show off a new crop of 5G-enabled iPhones Tuesday, a big question is how long that expensive fight among the carriers for customers will continue to propel iPhone sales.

The newest iPhones—set to be showcased at Apple’s annual September event, which will be livestreamed—are expected to be more evolutionary than revolutionary. Apple is expected to keep the small, regular and larger sizes and come out with improved camera capabilities.

The expectations have set the stage for a less dramatic technological leap than last fall, when the phones added 5G, the first big update since the iPhone X in 2017 and the iPhone 6 in 2014. Those new phones helped fuel record sales in their respective inaugural 12 months.

The Cupertino, Calif., company is on pace to sell a record 239 million iPhones in the fiscal year that ends later this month, a 27% increase from the previous year, according to estimates by analysts surveyed by FactSet. Apple no longer breaks out units shipped but has said iPhone revenue rose 38% in the first nine months of the fiscal year.

Asked several times this year about the potential for continued growth, Chief Executive Tim Cook has remained optimistic. "We’re in the very early innings of 5G," he told analysts in July. "If you look at 5G penetration around the world, there’s only a couple of countries that are in the double-digits yet. And so that’s an amazing thing nine months or so into this."

Less than 5% of U.S. buyers actually cited the 5G technology as a motivator to buy their phones, according to customer surveys conducted by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners. The three big mobile network operators have been building out their capabilities for the fifth-generation cellular standard, which holds the promise of moving data over the air quicker and in more volume than before, helping improve the quality of video chats, improve online videogames and usher in new uses.

But the lack of a killer use for 5G has meant a lot of people haven’t paid attention to it. "The people we talked to for surveys don’t even know about it," said Michael Levin, Consumer Intelligence Research co-founder.

5G wasn’t a factor for Justin Jacob, a 25-year-old copywriter in suburban Detroit. Instead, he said, his interest was piqued by updates to the phone’s cameras, and he was ultimately convinced to ditch his iPhone XS for the iPhone 12 Pro, which starts at $999, because of a deal offered by Verizon last fall.

Mr. Jacob said the carrier offered him around $500 for his old phone and a monthly payment of $21 over 18 months for the new one while his previous carrier offered $245 for a trade-in and wanted money up front for the next device. "It was just the best deal I’ve ever had," he said. "And my wife did the same thing."

FOX Business' Susan Li and Constellation Research CEO Ray Wang discuss Apple's business model.

They weren’t alone in landing sweet deals. The arrival of mainstream 5G phones in the U.S. last fall was seen as a potential catalyst for carriers to poach customers from rivals, especially as a large number of iPhone users were seen as ripe for upgrading after putting it off for several years. The carriers have been investing heavily to build out their 5G networks and have incentive to show a continuing customer base for the new offerings.

The latest battle between carriers began to emerge ahead of the iPhone 12’s arrival. Last year, AT&T, which had a lot of legacy iPhone users, started targeting incentives at existing customers to upgrade rather than just trying to lure new ones in from competitors, said Cliff Maldonado, principal analyst for BayStreet Research.

"The carriers are fighting like mad," Mr. Maldonado said. "I tell my clients it can get a lot more aggressive because every carrier has reasons to grow."

Carriers more than doubled their incentive spending during the past three quarters compared with a year earlier, according to estimates by BayStreet Research, which tracks device sales. The average customer saw around $200 of benefit compared with about $100 a year earlier, the consulting firm’s data estimates.

The advertised deals had some eye-popping numbers, including offering some customers brand-new devices for no money down or small monthly payments stretched over many months. Recently AT&T was offering up to $700 credits for trades for a new iPhone Pro that would then cost $8.31 a month for three years.

Some industry observers have questioned how long the carrier will continue the fight. Asked by an analyst in August if AT&T might rein in its subsidies spending, Chief Financial Officer Pascal Desroches said the company was happy with the results. "The offers that we have out there are competitive, and they’re very profitable for us," he said. "So for the foreseeable future, I don’t see any changes in that."

In many ways, it is a return to the original way customers acquired their iPhones when they were heavily subsidized by the carriers eager to win business and lock users into two-year contracts. But as the smartphone market matured, carriers shifted their strategies around 2014 to put the phone’s cost on the customers’ shoulders through monthly payment plans.

As customers, such as Mr. Jacob, benefit from a return to a carrier-subsidized phone, so does Apple, especially as buyers gravitate to the more expensive models.

The tech giant is seeing the average selling price of iPhones rise 12% to $829 this fiscal year, according to analyst estimates. The higher price has helped contribute to three consecutive blockbuster quarters this fiscal year and, according to analyst expectations, puts Apple on track to possibly earn a record of more than $93 billion for the fiscal year that ends this month.

"Anything that reduces the price to the customer is good for the customer and obviously good for the carrier that’s doing it and good for us as well," Mr. Cook said earlier this year. He said he believes carrier competition will continue. "And so it’s a win across the board."

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iPhone 12 Pro Max sees $299 pre-paid discount to new low ahead of Tuesday's event

9to5Toys 12 September, 2021 - 08:34am

Sporting a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display, iPhone 12 Pro Max arrives as the largest of Apple’s current handsets. Powered by the A14 Bionic processor, you’ll find the recently refreshed square form-factor that harks back to previous-generation models. Alongside Ceramic Shield glass on the back, there’s also a 3-sensor camera array as well as 128GB or more of onboard storage. Get a closer look in our hands-on review and then head below for more.

Joining the lead deal, Boost Mobile is also carrying those pre-paid savings over to the iPhone 12 mini, with a 64GB model in six colors entering at $429.99. Down from $699, you’re looking at $269 in savings and the best offer yet at $170 under our previous refurbished mention. On the opposite end of the spectrum from the 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 mini delivers the lineup’s smallest device with a 5.4-inch Super Retina XDR display. There’s still an A14 Bionic chip powering the entire experience, as well as the same squared-off form-factor noted above.

Fittingly for either of the iPhone 12 discounts, we’re still tracking an Amazon low on the official MagSafe Charger at $30. Delivering a chance to score Apple’s in-house accessory, you’ll be able to power up either of the handsets at 15W speeds thanks to the unique magnetic charger.

iPhone 12 Pro Max. 5G to download huge files on the go and stream HDR video. Larger 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display. Ceramic Shield with 4x better drop performance. Incredible low-light photography with the best Pro camera system on an iPhone, and 5x optical zoom range. Cinema-grade Dolby Vision video recording, editing, and playback. Night mode portraits and next-level AR experiences with the LiDAR Scanner. Powerful A14 Bionic chip. And new MagSafe accessories for easy attach and faster wireless charging. For infinitely spectacular possibilities.

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Blair Altland is the Senior Editor of 9to5Toys. Having joined the team at the beginning of 2017, Blair has gone on to specialize in LEGO coverage and review, smart home tech, and home networking. Contact them directly at Blair@9to5mac.com.

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