MacRumors reports that Lexus has today announced the first of its vehicles to have Apple CarPlay compatibility. According to today’s announcement, from September 2018, the 2019 Lexus ES will be available at dealerships in the US, boasting an eight-inch touchscreen display that you can connect to via Apple CarPlay. The vehicle is also compatible with Siri Eyes Free and Amazon Alexa, but not Android Auto. A 12.3-inch widescreen navigation system will also be available to order as an optional extra.
The forthcoming 2019 Lexus UX Crossover will also have CarPlay as a standard feature when it launches in December 2018.
CarPlay in both Lexus vehicles will be wired, via USB, rather than via Bluetooth, as currently only BMW offers wireless CarPlay.
Forbes reports today on a new survey from Tech.pinions that polled early iPhone X adopters with the aim of finding out what features they like best and least about their new iPhone, and also how satisfied they are overall with the phone.
For the most part, the survey has very good news for Apple, as it seems like the iPhone X owners polled are very happy indeed with their new phones.
MacRumors reports today on a new story from Digitimes that says that Apple is insisting that Samsung lowers its pricing for the OLED displays that Apple will be ordering for forthcoming iPhone X models.
According to the sources of the Digitimes report, Apple has asked Samsung to reduce its prices to $100 per panel, which would be a drop of approximately 9.1% from the $110 that IHS Markit reported that Apple paid for the panels last year.
The Digitimes report is a little confusing as it says both that Apple is negotiating with Samsung to lower its prices, but also elsewhere in the report says that Apple is requiring that Samsung lowers its prices, which sounds a little more definite, and almost as if Apple is forcing Samsung to drop its prices for its OLED panels....
According to a new supply chain report from Rosenblatt Securities’ Jun Zhang, via AppleInsider, production of this year’s iPhone line-up will start in August, with the LCD model expected to cost around $200 less than the OLED models. According to Zhang, the line-up will feature a 5.8-inch and a 6.5-inch OLED iPhone, and a 6.1-inch LCD version.
Zhang says that more than 60 million LCD iPhones could be produced, around 10 million more than the combined predicted total of 50 million units of the two OLED models, made up of 28 million 5.8-inch iPhones and 22 million 6.5-inch models.
“We believe the LCD model is being positioned to be priced more aggressively - in the $799 range,” said Zhang, adding that the lower price point would be a way of encouraging iPhone 6 and...
9to5 Mac reports today that according to a new report from Digitimes, one of Apple’s main partners, TSMC, is set to experience record profits this year, thanks in large part to its manufacturing of Apple’s forthcoming A12 system-on-a-chip for the 2018 iPhone line-up.
Apple’s iPhone X and iPhone 8 both have an A11 chip that uses a 10 nanometer process, but the new A12 chip is thought to use a 7 nanometer process. The industry has been working to make gaps smaller in chip wafer feature sizes, as smaller process sizes lower costs at the same time as increasing density, resulting in chips that can go faster at the same heat input.
The A12 chip, which TSMC is set to start producing very soon, is one of the very first 7nm chips to be mass produced. Because the A12 is...
MacRumors reports that Apple has already begun its annual preparations for Earth Day, which takes place on Sunday this year. Apple usually likes to do something special for the day, and this year is no exception, with logos on some of its retail stores around the world already getting green leaves instead of the usual white ones.
MacRumors has pictures of the Apple store in Singapore’s Orchard Road with its brand new green leaf adornment, and that’s expected to be the first of many stores to have the decoration.
As is customary in Apple retail stores around the world on Earth Day, many Apple employees will also be wearing green shirts instead of their regular blue shirts. It’s also possible that Apple will be having a special Earth Day event at its Cupertino...
The iPhone SE, along with the iPhone 6s, is one of the only two iPhones still on sale that still has a headphone jack, but now, according to Japanese blog Macotakara, via 9to5 Mac, Apple might have finally removed the headphone jack from the forthcoming iPhone SE 2. It’s possible that the removal of the headphone jack will add to the phone’s water resistance.
According to Macotakara’s source, the iPhone SE 2 will launch in May, and will have the same style of 4-inch display and design as the iPhone 5, but with the addition of an A10 chip, the same as that used in the iPhone 7. This is an upgrade from the previous model’s A9 chip, the same as that used in the iPhone 6s. The new iPhone SE 2 will still have Apple Pay support via NFC.
According to a story from The Wall Street Journal today, via AppleInsider, Apple’s bid to bring another OLED display supplier on board aside from Samsung may have run into an obstacle thanks to LG “struggling” with the quality of its OLED panel production. The WSJ says that due to its manufacturing problems, it may not be ready to begin mass production of OLED displays for Apple’s forthcoming iPhones in July. According to the report, there is some dispute within Apple’s management as to whether or not LG will be able to make the deadline for the start of production. Some think it will, some think it won’t.
The WSJ explains that the current problem is caused by the fact that LG Display’s speciality is TV-sized OLED panels, but it “has yet to nail down” the...
MacRumors reports today on an interview that Apple CEO Tim Cook gave to The Sydney Morning Herald recently in which he talked about why Apple will never merge iPad and Mac for a unified software and hardware platform.
“We don’t believe in sort of watering down one for the other,” Cook told The Sydney Morning Herald’s Peter Wells. “One of the reasons that both of them are incredible is because we pushed them to do what they do well. And if you begin to merge the two…you begin to make trade-offs and compromises.”
“So maybe the company would be more efficient at the end of the day, but that’s not what it’s about,” continued Cook. “It’s about giving people things that they can then use to help them change the world or express their passion or express their creativity....
AppleInsider reports today on a new note to investors from KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, in which he says that one version of Apple’s rumoured forthcoming LCD iPhone could be dual-SIM dual standby (DSDS) capable, with two physical SIM card slots and no eSIM support. A second LCD model could have the usual single-SIM slot, and could cost from $550 to $650, even cheaper than the figure of between $700 and $800 that was rumoured back in January. The DSDS version would probably cost a little more, approximately $650 to $750.
Kuo also predicts that the rumoured 6.5-inch OLED iPhone will also have DSDS capabilities, but he thinks that the smaller, 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X will not come with a dual-SIM variant.
DSDS has several very useful features to it, such as...