Welcome to Rumour Patrol where we routinely tackle Apple rumors taking the world by storm. Is an Apple Car hitting the roads? Will our favorite tech company launch foldable iPhones? Does Tim cook pancakes for breakfast? The questions are endless, the sleep lost over them is irreplaceable, and the answer is one – We Don’t Know! But regardless of that, folks, we love putting on our Dora the Explorer hats and leading you on little mapless adventures in our quest for the truth. And our agenda for the day is to address rumors of an iPhone SE reboot (likely to be called iPhone XE) being in the works. So, let’s grab our apple juice boxes, and off we go!Read more
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Although the HomePod has only been on sale for a little while, the sales have fallen well below expectation. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities claims that Apple is considering making a low-cost version of the HomePod to give the sales a much-needed boost. Kuo also predicted that while the market expects Apple to sell around 5 to 10 million HomePods, the number will probably be closer to 2 to 2.5 million, which is, well, disappointing to say the least.
An affordable and smaller HomePod could help increase sales in the short term. HomePod, according to Apple, is a powerful speaker and an intelligent home assistant adept at handling everyday tasks. So, Apple could possibly remove the Siri component and add a battery to make a portable version of the HomePod.
The reviews collectively agreed that the speaker is indeed incredibly impressive for the size and money, but is hardly the smartest one on the market. Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home Speaker are significantly more capable when it comes to providing solutions and undertaking tasks.
This is probably because of the fact that Apple controls the personal data available to both itself and to any third party developer in contrast to Amazon’s Alexa. Alexa opens us to any third party developer, while Google’s Assistant has gobbled up as much data as possible to make it smart and capable.
A survey result showed that privacy wasn’t so high on the radar for an average customer during the HomePod launch. To them, the most visible issue was that their HomePod was dumber than its rivals. However, the increased publicity around the privacy controversies is changing that viewpoint.
Apple’s HomePod retails for $349 (approx Rs. 23206) and is more expensive than Amazon and Google devices. Even though Apple markets the HomePods as a high-end speaker rather than a speaker with a digital assistant built in, the competitor companies offer cheaper devices.
The cheaper version of the HomePod will compete directly with these devices. Apple currently offers cheaper versions of its iPhones and iPad, the iPhone SE costs $349 (approx Rs. 23206), and the entry-level iPad retails for $329 (approx Rs. 21800) . These devices have been pretty popular for Apple.
Thus, we suspect that the cheaper version of the HomePod will still focus on the audio quality. Therefore, we can expect the device to be more expensive than the Google and Amazon devices, but cheaper than the current version of itself.
The iPhone 6s Plus is one of the highest selling models in India and Apple has begun its trial production at a new factory in the southern region of India with an aim to lower the model’s prices. Setting up a local factory in Bengaluru, Karnataka, Apple aims to drop the prices as a response to the government policies that taxes foreign devices. Read more
Apple will soon become the eleventh smartphone brand to cross the 10-million mark in India. This is an outstanding feat for Apple, given India’s price-sensitive market where almost half of the smartphones are still sold below INR 10,000. Read more
Apple is reported to be tirelessly working on the sequel to its popular 4-inch iPhone SE model, known as iPhone SE2. Dubbed as the best small smartphone available in the market, the iPhone SE is primarily meant for those people with an adversity against large displays. With the iPhone 5 support all but ended and 5s inclined to follow suit, SE is now the most logical choice of preference for iPhone buyers. Read more
Apple Inc., the world’s second-largest tech company, just stepped in to join the Make in India movement. The company, along with one of its suppliers, Wistron Corporation, reportedly bought about 43 acres of land in Karnataka to set up a manufacturing plant. With an investment of Rs 682 crores, Wistron is looking to increase Apple’s share in the Indian mobile market, which has shown a booming growth in the last quarter. Read more
With the launch of iPhone SE in 2016, we saw a side of Apple never seen before. The one that revives the old or in this case iconic, unchanged designs. The iPhone SE was an amalgamation of iPhone 5’s aesthetics and iPhone 6S’s specs. The SE as we learned, stands for “Special Edition” was a hit amongst the legion of people who demanded smaller phones. Read more
Apple’s iPhone SE was launched in 2016. Back then, many people thought it was a step back from the standard big-screen models. Now Apple is looking to refresh it, and if rumours are to be believed, then the updates iPhone SE India will launch before the rest of the world. Read more
Two recent iPhone SE rumours have thrown the tech world in a heated debate. The question is simple: Is the iPhone SE dead? Or is it still alive and kicking? Read more