Can you live without your iPhone for 7 days? It may look weird to you, but the internet service provider frontier communications have actually offered this deal. It is open for anyone with iPhone. The company will choose one person among the applicants who are willing to giving up their iPhone to use an old-fashioned flip phone instead of using their iPhone for seven full days. If this person could continue to use it for the duration mention, he or she will be rewarded with $1000.
The company is also providing the candidate with a survival kit which includes a physical map to be used instead of Apple Maps, a physical phonebook to write down the number and contact information for the contacts, a pen and notebook, and a CD with 90's era music. To prove the success the person has to document every detail of whole experience. This may sound more like a task rather than a contest, as it lists the candidates' responsibilities and mention the prize money as compensation. This also includes the tracking your time to complete each task such as texting and checking email. The company is also interested to learn how many hours you slept during that one week, how productivity changed, and how many times you wished to Google something but couldn't.
The contest's rules didn't say that you cannot use your laptops or tablets, which could render the whole experiment useless. It seems like a marketing attempt by the company. - as they are looking for someone with active social presence, which would also affect the brand awareness for the company. Contest is calling it as ‘its concerns over tech addiction', prompting tech firms to help us manage the amount of time we spend on our smartphones. Apple launched its screen time feature last time, which allows iPhone users to see their total time being spent on their phones.
Apple's next iPhone might still be months from release, but the latest render video has left nothing to the imagination! The video has been created via the joint effort of Concept Creator and OnLeaks, both of whom are among the best render artists and leaksters respectively, in the smartphone industry. Check it out first before we talk about it further.
Whether they decide to call it iPhone 11, XI or XR2, almost everyone in the industry is sure that this is exactly how the next premium iPhone will look. Although a video says it better than anything I can possibly write, here are some of the highlight points of the new design by Apple, that we found in the video.
· Ugly tri-camera setup, indicating huge camera performance boost hopefully
· Adoption of the iPad's vertical slider to incorporate the mute button
· The infamous notch is here to stay, although you may miss it due to the wallpaper
· The quality of the video is absolutely stunning in 60fps!
Apple iPhone is one of the most expensive smartphones and now it is going to even pricier. Thanks to Trump administration who is threating to impose more tarrif on Chinese products, iPhone prices could go up to 14%, according to CNBC. This would make the cheapest iPhone XR $750 to cost us an extra $100. Whereas the most expensive one the iPhone XS max would cost $200 more - bringing its price tag up to $1,650. J.P Morgan said, "We estimate a price increase of around 14% is required to absorb the impact of a 25% tariff, keeping margin dollars for all players in the supply chain constant," J.P. Morgan said in a note to clients Tuesday.
With $200 billion on hand, Apple can easily afford this cost but most likely it is going to past down to the customer. The tarrif isn't a reality yet but on Monday, Trump tweeted that customers in U.S should buy stuff from other countries or something made in U.S. This is easy to say but in practical terms may be not easy to do. Apple has clearly stated that it iPhones may not get have a huge impact from this trade war but the prices of other products like Apple watches and Air Pods are going to be higher with immediate effect if the tarrif is imposed.
According to statista.com, throughout 2010, 304.7 million devices were shipped. In 2018, we see that 1.4 billion units were sold, which is way higher figure anyone would have anticipated a decade ago. It seems that market is already saturated with dozens of smartphone manufacturers already. Looking in the future, some people suggest that Apple may move its production unit to some other Asian country or should move to U.S completely. Bank of America Merrill Lynch estimates that iPhone prices would have to increase by around 20 percent if production was moved to the U.S. "We estimate the incremental cost of manufacturing iPhones in the U.S. could be 15-25%, and, if passed on to consumers could lead to demand destruction, in our view," the Bank of America said in a note.
The recent rumor about the upcoming operating system update by Apple for iPhone is relatively shocking. A French technology blog reported that iOS 13 will not be compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone SE, and support for the original iPad Air and iPad mini 2 will also be dropped. This is the second time we are hearing this rumor. Earlier an Israeli website The verifier reported that iOS 13 will be expected in this June at the Worldwide Developers Conference and may drop support for a number of iPhones and iPads. The site had a similar list of the iPhone for which iOS 13 won't be available. As for iPads, The Verifier believes Apple will drop support for the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and possibly the iPad mini 4.
If the rumor is true, it would mean that Apple dropping support for its three generations of iPhone at a time. This is rare and unexpected. As Apple used to provide software updates for its iOS for as long as possible. Even iPhone 5s and newer had support from iOS 11 and iOS 12. At the time iOS 12 launched some of the devices were already 5 years old. If Apple drop support for everything up to the iPhone 7 would leave only devices from 2016 or later on the list.
In the previous post we talked about Apple's new advertising campaign which encourages users to give back to their iPhones to Apple while upgrading for their iPhone. Many users would still choose to sell their old iPhones over eBay but after this the old iPhones would get their prices down in the market and more people would choose to trade-in for new iPhone now. iOS 13 is expected to be unveiled at Apple's annual WWDC keynote on June 3, so till than we can't say anything for sure. This is a rumor in question.
Recently, Apple launched a new advertisement campaign that offers you to trade-in your old iPhone with Apple for a discount on an upgrade to the new one. Apple consider three years as a potential life of an iPhone before it is hand over to someone else to be sold as second hand handset or stored in any drawer when a new iPhone is purchased. With the latest offer, Apple is making a new shifting trend to increase the number of upgrades to new iPhone by customers by returning the handset to Apple and trade it in for a new phone.
There are a few advantages for Apple in the offer. The user will still remain in the Apple's echo system if they upgrade their handset to another iPhone. Apple's CEO Tim Cook seems to put a great emphasis on services Apple can bring to its customers. Apple is using the emotional call back by Steve Jobs "One last thing" in the advertisement as handing back to your iPhone to Apple, it is available for refurbished and "put back into the world". If the iPhone you hand over is too old or have expected life span less than one year, it will get recycled in way that "respects the planet" and not by adding more plastic pollution to the planet.
Here is what Apple's new ad says:
You've done great things with your iPhone. But at some point, you'll be ready for something new. You can easily trade it in with Apple, so it can be refurbished and put back into the world, so someone new can do their own great things with it.
But if your device is at the very end of life, materials inside will be recovered and recycled. Either way, you can continue to do what you love, while respecting the planet.