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Apple's newest iPhones are in great demand, which makes them hard to find in stock. And it seems that thanks to this strong seasonal demand, Apple could ship over 71.5 million iPhones in quarter four, according to one reputed analyst.
KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that quarter-over-quarter Apple iPhone shipments will increase by 82 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, reaching a total of more than 71.5 million units.
The iPhone 6 is predicted to account for around 60 percent of all sales for the quarter. Kuo also says that the 6 Plus supply shortage isn't just indicator of high demand, but also confirmation of production issues with supplier.
The analyst also predicts a major decrease in iPhone sales for the first quarter of 2015, due to poor off-season demand.
Apple's biggest 'problem' with its new iPhones this year is that they are very popular, making it hard to ship fast the handsets to customers. But now it seems that Apple is slowly catching up with demand.
The online Apple Store now shows that iPhone supply is slowly improving, showing better shipment times. Both 64GB and 128GB iPhone 6 models, as well as the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, are available to ship in 7 to 10 days in all colors and on all major U.S. cellular carriers.
The 16GB iPhone 6 variant is on a 5 to 7 day ship-by timeline, and some brick-and-mortar Apple Stores are showing in-store pickup availability for various iPhone 6 versions.
MacRumors reports today that Square founder Jack Dorsey has told CNN that his payment processing service will support Apple Pay in 2015. Dorsey told CNN that he doesn’t see Apple as a competitor, and therefore is eager to add Apple Pay as a payment option for Square users.
“We’re not building a credit card. We’re not building a payment device. We’re building a [cash] register, and this register accepts all these forms of payments,” said Dorsey.
In other Apple Pay news, MacRumors also reported today that credit card issuer and bank Chase, which has been an Apple Pay partner right from the very start, is offering a free download of the awesome David Guetta’s new album, Listen.
It works as a way of encouraging users to add a Chase Visa card to Apple Pay, as all you have to do to get the download is log into your Chase app on your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and then simply add one of the accepted Visa cards. You’ll then be able to download the album for free.
Phone Arena reports that Foxconn is planning to spend $2.6 billion on building a new plant solely for manufacturing display panels for Apple’s iPhone. It seems that Apple has been asking Foxconn to provide more panels to keep up with strong demand, and has even offered the company 20% more money to ensure that it gets the quantities of iPhones that it needs.
It's no secret that Apple is thought to be anxious to increase supply of iPhone 6 units, with the newest iPhone proving to be incredibly popular and sought-after.
Innolux Corp, which is actually owned by Foxconn, and is thought to be responsible for making iPhone 6 displays, will build the facility, which will create jobs for 2,300 people.
Phone Arena says that the installation of the equipment has already started, with the plant set to be ready to begin churning out iPhone display panels from the end of 2015.
The plant will be located in Kaohsiung Science park camps in Southern Taiwan.
As observed by Touch Arcade publication, there's a good number of popular iOS games discounted to just $1. It seems that this deal is related to the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday and there are chances that even more will see price cuts in the near future. Here's the list with some of the most important titles:
When it comes to iPhone's camera, Apple usually prefers to deploy incremental updates rather than opt for big changes. But this is apparently going to change with the launch of the upcoming iPhone, says well-known Apple follower John Gruber.
Gruber said that he heard "from a birdie of a birdie" that Apple is working on major camera improvements. Here's the original quote:
"The specific thing I heard is that next years camera might be the biggest camera jump ever. I don't even know what sense this makes, but I've heard that it's some kind of weird two-lens system where the back camera uses two lenses and it somehow takes it up into DSLR quality imagery."
What do you think of this? Do you think the upcoming iPhone needs an upgraded camera or this one is pretty fine, as well?