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Foxconn is already a massive and ever-present supply-chain partner for Apple, but according to a report in The Wall Street Journal today, via MacRumors, the firm is looking to become an even bigger part of Apple’s manufacturing process.
It seems that Foxconn is aiming to build a new plant solely for the purpose of manufacturing displays for Apple products.
The WSJ says that Foxconn is considering investing with the government of Zhengzhou in China, which is approximately 750 kilometers south of Beijing. The two parties have even got as far as discussing how the investment would be divided, with a total investment figure of around 35 billion yuan ($5.7 billion) being bandied around.
As The Wall Street Journal’s illustration shows, iPhone screens are the most expensive part of the phones to make, and in the past Apple has shopped around, using a wide variety of manufacturers, including Samsung, LG Display, Sharp and Japan Display. Foxconn has apparently been trying to become more expert at display production in the hopes of winning more business from Apple.
BGR reports today on what appear to be yet more problems for those who like to casually stuff their iPhones in their pockets. Although carrying your iPhone in a pocket might not be the best way to protect your precious, and very expensive, device, it’s fair to say that many people do choose to do so, and it seems that could be a problem for jeans wearers.
According to BGR, several iPhone 6 owners that it has spoken to in the past few weeks have found that when they repeatedly place an uncovered iPhone 6 in the pocket of their denim jeans, the dye from the jeans is rubbing onto the plastic strips on the back of the phone. This apparently leaves the phone looking “dirty and old.”
Attempts to clean the plastic strips and return them to their former pristine glory using soap and other cleaning methods have apparently not been successful.
BGR even has photos of the damage, such as the one at the top of this post.
The BGR readers whose phones were affected in this way were told by Apple Support to scrub the back of the phones with cleaning products, but offered no more assistance beyond that.
So, is this an issue that Apple should be taking steps to address, or is it merely a question of iPhone owners being more careful about where they put their phones?
Olloclip is an accessory maker most known for its line of camera lenses that the company is releasing every year for the new iPhones. This time, the company brings a 4-in-1 photo lens kit designed exclusively for Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
Olloclip's unique clip-on lens system for the iPhone installs and uninstalls in seconds, with the lenses delivering crisp photos in normal and low light. For the first time ever, all four lenses will now work with both the iSight and FaceTime cameras, and can be clipped to a backpack, lanyard or key ring, as well.
The new Olloclip for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is available for pre-order today on the company’s website for $79.99.
If you are a baseball fan, you might appreciate Master Card's new Apple Pay video commercials. It seems that the credit card company has not only teamed up with Apple to utilize the Apple Pay mobile payment platform, they are even spending time and money advertising it.
You might wonder why the commercials have a "baseball" theme to them, but it actually makes perfect sense. The commercials used Hall of Famers Tommy Lasorda and George Brett, and recently retired great Mariano Rivera, and these commercials were first aired during the recent World Series.
Even if you aren't a baseball fan, it's easy to understand the value reference the videos are proposing. Sound off and let us know if you think Apple Pay will be a successful new product from the folks in Cupertino.
Apple has spent a little over $1 million over the third quarter on lobbying issues like consumer health data, safe driving, e-books and data privacy, among others, a recently filed disclosure has revealed.
For the quarter ended on Sept. 30, 2014, Apple spent a total of $1,010,000 on a variety of lobbying activities. Apple addressed 39 specific lobbying issues, such as e-book publishing, online safety, copyright and patent reform, safe driving (CarPlay) and regulation of mobile medical devices and health software applications (Apple Watch and HealthKit).
Apple's $1 million lobbying fund is small when compared to Google and Facebook, which spent $3.94 million and $2.54 million over the same three-month period, respectively.
Bad news from MCVUK today if you’ve been looking forward to playing Blizzard’s iPhone version of Hearthstone, as Blizzard has announced that the iPhone and Android versions of the game will not now be released until 2015.
The card-battling game, which is already available for iPad, was due to launch back in the summer, but now it looks to have slipped even further.
Apple has officially closed fiscal years 2014 on with some amazing financial results for the company. Just as expected, the company had another record setting quarter, with $8.5 billion in net profit on revenue of $42.12 billion, mostly thanks to the hugely popular iPhone.
For the quarter ending Sept. 27, Apple managed to sell 39.27 million iPhones, which is a new quarterly record and up from 37.79 million units a year ago. Without a doubt, the new record has been fueled by the new iPhones which are finally featuring the much-coveted bigger display.
Mac sales have reached 5.5 million units in the three-month period, also a new all-time high and more than a million compared the September 2013 quarter.
However, iPad sales for the quarter were at 12.3 million, which represents another year over year decline from the 13.1 million amount a year ago. The decrease isn't that big, but it shows that demand is slowly fading away and Apple needs to do something about this.
With the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 already launched and cheaper previous-generation iPads still on sale, maybe Apple can change this until the next earnings call. Tim Cook said the following about Apple's last quarter in fiscal 2014:
:Our fiscal 2014 was one for the record books, including the biggest iPhone launch ever with iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With amazing innovations in our new iPhones, iPads and Macs, as well as iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite, we are heading into the holidays with Apple's strongest product lineup ever. We are also incredibly excited about Apple Watch and other great products and services in the pipeline for 2015."
For the first fiscal quarter of 2015, Apple says revenue should be between $63.5 billion and $66.5 billion, and gross margins between 37.5 percent and 38.5 percent. Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri also shared his input:
"Our strong business performance drove EPS growth of 20 percent and a record $13.3 billion in cash flow from...