Apple unveiled the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus during September in 2014 and the company has been widely tipped to do the same with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this year. That potential September announcement has now become much more likely as a French carrier as reportedly leaked that pre-orders will start on September 11th and the device will start shipping on the 18th.
The idea of an iPad Pro has been with us for a few years now, but since Apple tied up a deal with IBM last year that will probably expand enterprise, the iPad Pro rumor have gained even more traction. Now sources in Apple's supply chain are suggesting that the iPad Pro will be announced this year, during November in fact.
It seems that Apple is going to up the screen size of the iPhone once again, with sources inside Foxconn suggesting a 5-inch model is being developed. Foxconn is Apple's chief manufacturer, so the company knows more about the behind the scenes development of iOS products than most, although there is no outright proof that the insider is telling the truth in this case.
Samsung said it would not launch the Galaxy Note 5 in the UK for market reasons, the United Kingdom is Apple dominated with 34% of smartphone sales going to the iPhone. But what about the United States? We smell a whiff of hypocrisy in the air as this is also an Apple dominated market but yet the Galaxy Note 5 will land stateside... those poor Brits!
We wrote last week that the iPhone 6c, Apple's upcoming new "affordable" iPhone, is going to roll out during the second quarter of 2016. That information came from a report in Taiwan, and we questioned it as Apple sticks to fall launches, meaning Cupertino would announce the handset next month. Noted leak professional @Evleaks now backs up that view by saying that the iPhone 6c will be launched in September alongside the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
Ming-Chi Kuo is an analyst with KGI Securities who is typically accurate when it comes to predicting events in Apple's future. So when he says something it is usually worth paying attention to, and Kuo's latest information is no different. The analyst says that production on the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been delayed for one to two weeks.
ComScore has revealed its latest data showing the state of the mobile platform industry in the United States, and the results show that Apple is continuing to make ground on Android in its home country. However, while Apple's business model is thriving in most markets, the US is one of the few regions where its iOS is catching Android. Not that it particularly matters at the moment because both platforms are doing very well based on their respective ideals and are dominating the global market.
It has been widely rumored that Apple will launch a new "affordable" iPhone when the company launches the iPhone 6s next month. A replacement for the iPhone 5c, the iPhone 6c will launch in the second quarter (April through June) of 2016. Digitimes suggests the device will be delayed until next year, so does that mean we will not see it next month?
Apple is no longer the best-selling smartphone manufacturer in China, a statement that has an air of inevitability about it. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus had put Apple at the top of the pile in China over the last quarter, but it was a position the company was unlikely to maintain as sales slowed (still impressive nonetheless). The companies taking Apple's crown are Xiaomi at number one and Huawei number two.
Apple's iPad has declined in sales for six consecutive quarters, and while that has to be very worrying for the company the drop actually matches with an overall market trend. Slate sales have been falling for nearly two years and show no signs of recovering, and while the iPad's decline is more rapid than the overall market slip it is still the best selling individual tablet on the market.