Apple announces HomePod will receive a software update on Monday which will bring support for multiple timers, making phone calls, receiving phone calls, Find my iPhone, Siri Shortcuts, lyric search, and more. #HomePod#audioOS
Earlier this week, a somewhat sketchy report surfaced claiming that Apple told its manufacturing partners to reduce iPhone XR production due to lower than anticipated demand. Even more alarming, the report claimed that overall production might drop by as much as 25%. Naturally, many took the report as further proof that the iPhone has hit its peak, even though the report seemed to raise far more questions than answers.
Well as it turns out, Apple may have indeed ordered a rollback in production, but not for reasons pertaining to demand. According to a research note from analyst Jun Zhang (originally brought to light by Philip Elmer-DeWitt’s Apple 3.0), there may have been some quality control issues involving the iPhone XR’s printed circuit boards that led to a reduction in production output.
Zhang’s note reads in part:
We also believe component pull-ins are slowing down this week. We believe some Printed Circuit Board (PCB) supplier shipments of HDI boards were quickly dropped this week. This may be attributable to quality issues from Skyworks PAs. We believe this potential round of iPhone XR production cuts by Apple may be attributable to the recently found PA quality issues.
With less than 4 days until the keynote, Bloomberg is our today with their final expectations for the upcoming iPad Pro. The device will receive its first redesign since it launched in 2015, with thinner bezels and squared-off edges, similar to the iPhone 5. The device will also replace Touch ID with Face ID, which will work in both landscape and portrait orientations. The lightning connector will also be replaced with a USB-C port. Finally the device will feature a variant of the A12 Bionic chip and a custom graphics chip, which will be a first for iPad. #iPad