Analysts Say iPhone 11 Likely To Support Apple Pencil

Apple’s iPhone 11 is apparently going to arrive with a surprising new feature. According to analysts at Citi Research, the next iPhone will have support for the Apple Pencil.

Ever since the debut of the original Apple Pencil, the stylus has only worked with iPads. So this would mark a huge shift in Apple’s philosophy, if it pans out. And that’s a big “if”. Citi analysts usually focus on the financials of any given company and don’t predict its future products’ features, so there’s no track record here we can look back upon to see how trustworthy this information may be.

Aside from the stylus support, the Citi report reiterates a lot of things we’ve heard in the past about the iPhone 11 family. They should get similar screens to the existing iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR, larger batteries, and three rear cameras on the two more expensive models. The front-facing camera could be 10 MP, while the rear ones 14 MP.

Citi predicts Apple won’t change the pricing structure this year, with the iPhone XS sequel priced from $999, the iPhone XS Max successor going for $1,099 and up, and the XR’s descendant starting at $749.

A couple of rumors last year indicated that the iPhone XS and XS Max would be the first Apple smartphones to support the Pencil, but that hasn’t happened. Better luck this year?

What do you think? Would you use the stylus with an iPhone? Even if (as it is likely given Apple’s past antics) it would be an additional purchase?

2020 iPhones To Come With 5G: Report

Initially there werw rumors about Apple not having a 5G- capable handsel until 2021 but now there are talks about a 5G phone coming in 2020. This comes as Apple has settled issues with chipmaker Qualcomm.

The latest report from renowned Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, though, suggests that Apple will be embracing the new cellular transmission technology in a big way, with all three of its 2020 iPhone models set to be 5G ready. Kuo had previously predicted that only the premium (and more expensive) 5.4-inch and 6.7-inch iPhones would support 5G.

Kuo’s change of heart comes after Apple penned a US$1 billion deal to acquire Intel’s modem business, meaning the Cupertino tech giant “has more resource[s] for developing the 5G iPhone”.

Jumping off the Qualcomm bandwagon

Apple’s acquisition of Intel’s modem business means the iPhone maker will be able to move away from its dependency on Qualcomm modems and develop its own. However, that will take time and it’s likely Apple will make use of its six-year contract with Qualcomm to get smartphone modems for the 2020 iPhones. Apple-made modems are not expected to be ready until 2021.

Kuo predicts that by 2020, many smartphone shoppers will assume that 5G handsets are the standard. So iPhones, which are generally more expensive than Android alternatives, will have to be 5G-capable to “[win] more subsidies from mobile operators and consumers’ purchase intention”.

Kuo further speculated that the three 2020 iPhone handsets will support both mmWave 5G (as used in the US) and the sub-6GHz spectrum version of 5G (found elsewhere), but that doing so means the handsets will be expensive. It’s as yet unclear whether Apple will look into producing 5G iPhones supporting just the sub-6GHz spectrum for the Chinese market, which would help to lower costs.

iPhone 11 To Feature A13 Chip, To Come With Taptic Engine, Retina Display

As the Apple’s annual iPhone event is around the corner, leaks surrounding the upcoming iPhone 11 models are now picking up speed. A fresh report says that there will be three new iPhone 11 models this fall, and the three models will feature Apple’s new A13 chip. The company will sport a new Taptic Engine, and feature a Lightning port for audio and charging.

The report also sheds light on other details like camera and display on the next-gen iPhone models.

9to5Google reports on a slew of details about the upcoming iPhones. The iPhone XS successor is said to be known as D42 internally, while the iPhone XS Max successor is known as D43, and the iPhone XR successor is known as N104. The D42 and D43 models will reportedly have a 3x Retina display, while the N104 model will continue to have a 2x Liquid Retina display. As mentioned, all three phones will be powered by the A13 chip – codenamed Cebu, model T8030 – and continue to have the same screen resolution as well.

The report also states that the three devices will continue to feature a Lightning port, and not switch to USB Type-C. It will feature a new type of Taptic Engine, internally codenamed ‘leap haptics’, but details on the kind of improvements haven’t been outlined. The report says that this may be Apple’s new solution that replaces 3D Touch on all the iPhone models this year.

The report also says that the new iPhone 11 models replacing the iPhone XS series will have a triple rear camera setup at the back, and all three sensors will be placed at the back. Up front, the selfie camera will support for slo-mo recording at 120fps.

One of the sensors among the trio will have a wide-angle sensor as well, that will enable a feature called Smart Frame. This use of a single ultra wide-angle lens matches with a Bloomberg report from May. To recall, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had claimed the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors will sport one telephoto lens, and two wide-angle lenses, all three of which feature a 12-megapixel sensor. The 9to5Mac report states that the Smart Frame feature “captures the area around the framed area in pictures and videos so that the user can adjust the framing or perform automatic perspective and crop corrections in post. The extra information will be retained for a limited period of time and discarded automatically afterwards, for privacy reasons.”

While these details paint a wholesome picture on how the next-gen iPhone models may look like, we recommend you wait till September for Apple to dish out all the official details.

Apple’s Made In India iPhones Likely To Arrive At Indian Stores Next Month

Apple Inc’s most celebrated phones that are assembled in India by Foxconn’s local unit are likely to arrive at Indian stores next month. This would help it in drop prices in the world’s second-biggest smartphone market.

Some approvals are pending, but the India-made iPhone XR and XS devices are expected to hit the market by August, the source said, asking not to be named as the matter is not public.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Foxconn said it does not comment on customers or their products.

Expanding local assembly will help Apple save on high taxes levied on the import of fully-built devices, as well as meet local sourcing norms for opening its own retail stores in India.

Apple’s devices are coveted by millions of Indians, but its premium pricing has limited its market share to a meager 1 percent to the gain of rivals such as China’s OnePlus.

Reuters had previously reported that the local unit of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, widely known as Foxconn, would this year begin assembling iPhone X family devices in India’s southern Tamil Nadu state.

Cupertino, California-headquartered Apple also assembles the lower-cost SE, 6S and 7 models in India through Wistron Corp’s local unit in the tech hub of Bengaluru.

“Local production will give Apple the leeway to play with the margins of their distributors and indirectly price their phones lower,” said Rushabh Doshi, a research director at tech consultancy Canalys.

TRADE WAR

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government has tried to position South Asia’s third-biggest economy as a hub for smartphone manufacturing, wooing global players with access to a market with over a billion wireless connections and cheap labor.

That push has met with some success as global smartphone giants including Samsung and China’s Oppo have expanded rapidly in India, and contract manufacturers like Foxconn have ramped up domestic operations.

Beyond fulfilling local demand, companies such as Apple could also use India as an export hub to soften the impact of a bruising trade war between the United States and China, according to technology analysts.

Apple cut its fiscal first-quarter sales forecast, blaming slowing iPhone sales in China where uncertainty around U.S.-China trade relations has hurt the economy.

Some of the Wistron assembled iPhone 6s and 7 are being exported from India to markets in Europe, Neil Shah of Hong-King based tech researcher Counterpoint said.

Wistron’s India head declined to comment.

Apple WWDC 2019 Begins Today

The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) of this year is not likely to be an iPhone- centric developer event. Apple may likely showcase various updates   towards its services. And all this may focus on expanding the existing user base over time. But however, iOS 13 is exopected to be amongst the major announcements at the event.

Apple is kicking off the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) 2019 later today. The five-day event will begin with the anticipated keynote that is expected to reveal the company’s all major software-focussed developments for the year 2019. CEO Tim Cook and other key faces at Apple will participate in the keynote presentation that will take place at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California. Similar to the past WWDC editions, Apple is set to live stream the keynote session of this year’s WWDC through its official website as well as WWDC app. Among the key announcements expected at WWDC 2019, iOS 13 and macOS 10.15 would be the showstoppers. New developer tools and improvements to the existing solutions would also be revealed.

How to watch Apple WWDC 2019 keynote live stream

The WWDC 2019 keynote India time is 10:30 pm IST, though it is taking place at 10am PDT in the US. The event will be live streamed across various channels. If you own an Apple TV, you can watch the stream via the Apple Events app. Similarly, for those who have an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or a Mac machine with Safari installed can watch the WWDC 2019 keynote live stream on the official Apple Events website. The event can also be live streamed through the WWDC App on Apple devices. Windows users can watch the WWDC keynote live through the Microsoft edge browser. Moreover, users on Android can watch the event live on Google Chrome or Mozilla firefox browsers. The stream notably requires MSE, H.264, and AAC support.

What to expect from WWDC 2019 keynote – iOS 13, macOS 10.15, and more

This year’s WWDC keynote isn’t likely to be an iPhone-centric developer event. Apple instead is likely to showcase various updates towards its services, which all it aims to help uplift its revenues and expand the existing user base over time. But nevertheless, iOS 13 is likely to be amongst the key announcements at the event.

If we look at the past reports, Apple is expected to unveil iOS 13 along with a dedicated system- wide Dark mode and various UI tweaks and enhancements. Recent screenshot leaks have suggested that the new iOS version would have a bunch of app updates, including the new iteration of the Reminders app and the unification of the Find My Friends and Find My iPhone apps into a single, Find My app. The interface of the screenshot window is also likely to receive a facelift. Furthermore, the default keyboard on iOS is speculated to for swipe typing– similar to how swiping gestures work on Google’s Gboard or Swype keyboard.

For iPad users, iOS 13 is expected to bring an updated multitasking experience and various tweaks to the home screen. System improvements could also arrive on the iPad models. It is also likely that Apple will highlight new computing capabilities of its tablet to rival the likes of Chromebooks and Microsoft’s Surface hybrids.

Apple is likely to release iOS 13 in September, but early developer previews are likely to be released shortly to give a glimpse at all the major features. The new iOS version is also said to be incompatible with older iPhone models namely the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE and the iPhone 5S.

Alongside iOS 13, Apple is likely to announce macOS 10.15 as the new version of its macOS. The next-generation platform is expected to bring support for iPad apps. More details towards the multistep initiative that the Cupertino giant is making to unify the experience on iOS and macOS are also likely to be announced at the WWDC 2019 keynote. The initiative, which is codenamed “Marzipan”, is notably planned for 2021 to make the development of iOS and macOS apps easier.

The Apple Watch lineup is also expected to receive a list of new features — extensive independence from the iPhone — through watch OS6. The new watchOS platform would also be detailed at the keynote session. It is believed to receive new apps and enhanced versions of its existing health-tracking features. Further, apps such as a Calculator and a Books app could be announced specifically for newer Apple Watch models.

Apple TV users would also be pleased during the WWDC 2019 keynote presentation as the company is expected to announce the tvOS 13. The new platform would come with services to enhance multimedia experiences. Apple may also reveal its new partnerships to uplift its digital content strategy. Additionally, iTunes is rumoured to be replaced with an updated Apple Music.

Apple To Begin Trial Manufacturing Of iPhone X, XS In India By Foxconn: Report

Apple has been recently focusing on India, some reports suggest that the company hd begun manufacturing iPhone 7 since March 2019. 

Earlier, the company was producing the cheaper iPhone SE and the iPhone 6s through Wistron’s manufacturing facility in Bengaluru. iPhone 7 has been recently added to the list.

Well, now a new report from Bloomberg, suggests another manufacturing facility Foxconn is working on to bring trial production of the iPhone X/Xs devices in the country.

The report suggests Apple would start trial production of the high-end iPhone X/Xs smartphones locally with the help of Foxconn manufacturing facility in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Foxconn, which is already known for producing Xiaomi and Nokia products in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu is all set to build the high-end iPhones in the country.

This comes after Wistron’s 5000 crore application, which recently got approved  by the Indian ministry to produce high-end smartphones featuring iPhone 8 and above. It is still unclear and highly unlikely for both the facilities Foxconn and Wistron producing iPhone X/Xs smartphones simultaneously. Regardless, for Apple, producing iPhones in the country will surely cut the current heavy import duties for its top models marginally by 20%, and also the company would be in advantage to open its retail stores in the country as the government charges 30% local sourcing for retailers.

Further, the report indicates Apple at present holds only 1% of its smartphone share in India that’s because of its steep pricing due to the heavy import duties and also Chinese brands that have emerged with smartphones that cost around one-tenth pricing of that of the iPhone. Henceforth, the local production surely helps Apple to cut its iPhone pricing and compete against the established brands in India.