Slow new Friday brings us rumors of:
- Alleged supply issues for "iPhone 7" components may hinder mass shipments of the as-yet unannounced phone
- Intel may be grabbing a chunk of Apple's A-series chip manufacturing by 2018
- And this isn't a rumor; a new Fox Sports app for Apple TV provides viewers with up to four games on the screen simultaneously
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Hi, this is Steve Sande for Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for August 26, 2016. Here is a short overview of several of today’s Apple news highlights.
Since it’s Friday, we’ll toss some rumors into the mix to make your weekend exciting. First, Nikkei reported on Friday that the as-still-unannounced “iPhone 7” might face supply issues at launch. What’s going to keep production numbers down? According to Jeff Pu of Yuanta Investment Consulting, there are low yields on the dual-lens camera system for the “iPhone 7 Plus”. But even more scary is the rumor of defects in a new waterproof speaker to be included in the new handsets. It’s expected that this year’s phone will feature a lot of waterproofing, which is one of the reasons that the 3.5-mm headphone jack and electromechanical home button are also allegedly being banished. Pu slashed his iPhone production numbers from 120 million units in the July to December timeframe down to “only” 114 million on his concern about component availability. Usually demand exceeds supply at launch of any new Apple product, so there’s nothing unexpected there. What investors and analysts will be looking at is how many devices are sold in the first three days of availability of the new iPhone. Last year’s launch of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus saw 13 million devices sold during the first weekend. If the numbers are greater, that’s a good indicator of the sales numbers Apple will likely see during the lifetime of the new phone.
It’s no secret that Intel desperately wants more of Apple’s chip business, after seeing a sharp drop in demand recently due to decreased PC sales. Now Nikkei Asian Review is reporting that Intel’s new licensing deal for manufacturing ARM-based chips for smartphones could start giving the processor giant an edge over current Apple supplier TSMC in as little as two years. The report noted that Intel could supply Apple with a portion of its chip requirements for the expected A12 chip in 2018, with TSMC remaining the sole source of A10 and A11 chips for iPhones this year and next. There are a lot of possible wins in this situation. First, Intel is expected to build the ARM-based chips with a 10-nanometer process that will be much more power efficient than the 14-nanometer process used now by TSMC. Next, the production of some of Apple’s A-series chips would be moved to the United States, creating a potential for new jobs in the country. Finally, Intel is also expected to supply modems for some of the upcoming iPhone 7 models, so the arrangement could result in even more synergy between the two companies.
Are you a big sports fan with a fourth-generation Apple TV? Then you really need to get the new Fox Sports GO app, particularly if you have a cable or satellite TV subscription to Fox Sports 1 and 2, Fox Soccer Plus, Fox Deportes and Fox College Sports. Why? Well, you can watch up to four games at the same time, with the app covering leagues like Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, NHL, the Union of European Football Associations, and UFC. The app is a free download from the tvOS App Store.
That’s all for today; We’ll be back Monday afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.