Apple Cuts Production Orders for All 3 New iPhone Models: Report

Apple Cuts Production Orders for All 3 New iPhone Models: Report

Apple has cut production orders in recent weeks for all three iPhone models launched in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources.

A lower-than-expected demand for the new iPhones and Apple’s decision to offer more models has made it more difficult to anticipate the number of components and handsets the company needs, according to the paper.

Apple shocked investors a few weeks ago with a lower-than-expected sales forecast for the Christmas quarter, prompting certain suppliers to issue warnings that pointed to weakness in new iPhone sales.

Forecasts have been particularly problematic for iPhone XR ₹ 71,835 with Apple cutting its production plan by up to a third of the nearly 70 million units some suppliers had been asked to produce between September and February, the paper said.

As recently as last week, Apple informed several suppliers that it lowered its production plan again for iPhone XR, the Journal reported.

The company started selling its latest phone generation, the iPhone XS ₹ 99,117 and iPhone XS Max, in September and the XR model in October.

Apple did not respond to a request for comment outside regular business hours.

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Microsoft turns off advertisements in Windows 10 email app

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San Francisco: After introducing personalised advertisements in the Windows 10 default email app, Microsoft has made a U-turn and turned these ads off.  The beta version of the company’s Mail client for Windows 10 was found pushing ads right at the top of the inbox. “Bad news: Mail for Windows 10 is getting ads for non-office 365 subscribers!,” Aggiornamenti Lumia reported late on Friday.

Microsoft’s frequently asked questions (FAQ) page, which has now been taken down, said: “Consistent with consumer email apps and services like Outlook.com, Gmail and Yahoo Mail, advertising allows us to provide, support, and improve some of our products. We’re always experimenting with new features and experiences.”

“The experiment was never intended to be tested broadly, which doesn’t quite jibe with the existence of an FAQ about a pilot programme taking place in several countries around the world, but either way the ads should be gone,” Frank Shaw, Communications Head, Microsoft was quoted as saying by The Verge.

Users of Windows Insider fast-track builds of Mail and Calendar, particularly version 11605.11029.20059.0, may have seen the ads among their emails, depending on their location. Those in Brazil, Canada, Australia and India were chosen for this experiment, according to The Register.

Windows 10 October 2018 update temporarily blocked on PCs with incompatible iCloud

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Microsoft is promising to be more transparent about issues in Windows 10 and the company is updating its support document whenever a new issue in Windows 10 October 2018 Update is discovered.

Microsoft recently blocked the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on old AMD PCs and it turns out that the Redmond giant is also blocking the feature update on devices with incompatible iCloud software installed.

In an updated support document, Microsoft says that Apple has identified incompatibility issues with iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27). In Windows 10 October 2018 Update, the iCloud users may experience unexpected issues while syncing Shared Albums.

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To ensure that experience is as smooth as possible, the company has blocked the Windows 10 October 2018 Update on devices that have the incompatible version of iCloud installed.

“To ensure a seamless experience, Microsoft is blocking devices with iCloud for Windows (version 7.7.0.27) software installed from being offered Window 10, version 1809 until this issue has been resolved,” Microsoft explains.

The company is asking users to wait until the update is offered automatically and you should not manually update your device if the aforementioned software is installed.

Both Microsoft and Apple are aware of the issue and they are working on a fix which will be released soon. After the issue is addressed, the Windows 10 version 1809 will be offered once again on affected devices.

If you’re already on Windows 10 October 2018 Update, you won’t be able to install iCloud version 7.7.0.27. A message “this version of iCloud for Windows isn’t supported” would show up and the installation will fail.a

Microsoft Wants To Show You Ads In The Windows 10 Mail App

I may not be the world’s most passionate Windows 10 fan, but Microsoft’s built-in Mail app is actually quite decent. Unfortunately, Microsoft is planning to tarnish that reputation by introducing personalized ads into the operating system’s default email client, regardless of what email service you’ve plugged into it — including work accounts via Exchange Server and Exchange Online.

In a support page spotted by Thurrott.com, Microsoft justifies this with the following statement:

“Consistent with consumer email apps and services like Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo Mail, advertising allows us to provide, support, and improve some of our products. We’re always experimenting with new features and experiences.”

When I read this borderline preposterous statement, I felt my jaw slip to the floor. It’s a flawed justification at best. See, Google’s Gmail is a free service. The browser we use to navigate to Gmail is free. Windows 10 Home now costs $139. Whether the cost is bundled into the PC you purchase or you buy a license key directly, you are still paying for it.

Adding insult to injury, Microsoft will remove the ads if you subscribe to Office 365.

The support page does explain that you can opt-out of personalized ads by turning off your Windows advertising ID, but not ads altogether. They’ll appear in both Focused Inbox mode (via the “Other” view) or the top of your inbox in the app’s standard view.

According to Thurrott.com, this feature is currently being tested by Windows Insiders, and I can only hope they’re raising their collective voice to admonish it.

Let me be clear: of course Microsoft has a right to do this. And I don’t believe the injection of ads has slipped into public (non-Insider) version of the Mail app yet. But after raising the price of Windows 10 Home, a disastrous Windows 10 October Update and intrusive Edge invasions, Microsoft may not want to further alienate an already weary Windows 10 user base by doing this.

Microsoft wants to put ads in Windows email — and it’s already testing them out (update)

Do you use the default Mail client on your PC, the one that comes with Windows 10, to read your email? How would you feel if Microsoft decided to throw in a few ads right at the top of your inbox?

These aren’t rhetorical questions — as Windows news site Aggiornamenti Lumia noticed today, Microsoft is already testing that exact idea in a number of countries around the world. According to Microsoft’s FAQ, what we’re seeing is a pilot program, an experiment, a test that’ll theoretically help the

(Personally, I got Windows 10 for free when I upgraded from Windows 7 — but generally, when you buy or build a new Windows PC, part of the cost goes toward a copy of Windows.)

On the plus side, Microsoft says it won’t read the contents of your email or calendar when it’s targeting you with these ads, unlike Yahoo and AOL. (Google stopped scanning the contents of email for ads targeting in 2017.) But Microsoft will try to target the ads.

And it’s not the only user-unfriendly land grab we’ve seen Microsoft test out recently. Microsoft aborted a short-sighted attempt to scare people away from Google’s Chrome web browser in September, and it tried to shuffle Mail users to its Microsoft Edge browser any time they clicked a link, back in March.

Based on a couple reports from Twitter users, Microsoft may have been already testing these ads for months now — these two are from July:

company decide if it should actually roll out the feature for real.

Microsoft comms head Frank Shaw tells us the company has decided to turn these ads off. He also says the experiment was never intended to be tested broadly, which doesn’t quite jibe with the existence of a FAQ about a pilot program taking place in several countries around the world, but either way the ads should be gone.

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How to find the iPhone status bar icons that Apple moved because of the notch

The notch is fine but we’ve lost where we used to look for information on screen because of it. Most of that can be found in new places if you know where to look yet it’s far less convenient than it was.

Comparing the pre-Notch iPhone status bar with the X series

Comparing the pre-Notch iPhone status bar with the X series

Since the iPhone X introduced the notch, all of the fuss has been about how it looks. Some people don’t even notice it, some keep being drawn back to it, other companies have copied it. Yet even as it’s the most visible feature to tell the world that you have an iPhone X series device, it’s also lost a lot of information.

Before the iPhone X, that status bar used to show the name of your carrier and then a startling 26 different other pieces of useful information in icons.

Today it’s hard to count the icons because they do vary depending on carrier, territory and whether you’re on WiFi or not. However, there are certain icons we used to rely on that are no longer visible.

And when you first realise that they’re gone, you spend an age in Settings trying fruitlessly to get them back.

Typical status bar information on an iPhone XS Max

Typical status bar information on an iPhone XS Max

That’s a status bar from the iPhone XS Max, the biggest iPhone that Apple makes. Whenever you take a screen grab from a X series iPhone, you don’t see the notch because Apple lets the background image fill in that gap.

Even so, you can see the wide space between the icons: they’re clearly now ranged right and left with nothing in the middle.

So take that image and tell us: is this iPhone playing music? Is it playing that music over headphones? What’s the battery percentage? And is it on VPN or not?

This is all information that you used to be able to see instantly. And that’s why you never tapped Play and discovered that your AirPods weren’t connected. It’s why you never had to remember whether you switched on VPN before you did online banking.

And while it’s probably bad for us to keep staring at the exact battery power percentage left, we used to find that useful. Certainly it’s a lot clearer than Apple’s range of icons that just show a steadily depleting battery with no sense of how fast it was dropping.

Tim Cook explains why Apple accepts billions from Google despite privacy concerns

Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks in Brussels, on October 24, 2018. 

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Tim Cook, CEO of Apple, speaks in Brussels, on October 24, 2018.

Apple CEO Tim Cook didn’t name names when he spoke out against the privacy practices of big tech companies during a keynote speech in Brussels last month. But he didn’t have to.

“We shouldn’t sugarcoat the consequences. This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them,” Cook said in the October 24 speech. “This should make us very uncomfortable. It should unsettle us.”

Those comments were primarily directed at Facebook and Google, the two biggest tech companies that make most of their money from advertising based on user data. Both of those companies have battled a public reckoning over their user privacy practices over the last few years, and that reckoning is far from over.

But that hasn’t stopped Apple from working with the companies it disagrees with. Facebook and Google’s apps are available in Apple’s App Store, for example, and Apple accepts billions of dollars a year from Google so Google can be the default search engine in the Safari web browser.

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Two months after launch, Apple slashes production orders for all 3 new iPhones

apple-iPhone-XS,-XS-Max,-Xr-apiPhone-maker Apple Inc has cut production orders in recent weeks for all three iPhone models launched in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources.

A lower-than-expected demand for the new iPhones and Apple’s decision to offer more models has made it more difficult to anticipate the number of components and handsets the company needs, according to the paper.

Apple shocked investors a few weeks ago with a lower-than-expected sales forecast for the Christmas quarter, prompting certain suppliers to issue warnings that pointed to weakness in new iPhone sales.

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Samsung Galaxy S10’s Exynos 9820 SoC With Integrated NPU, 8K Video Recording Launched

Samsung Galaxy S10's Exynos 9820 SoC With Integrated NPU, 8K Video Recording Launched

Samsung as expected on Wednesday unveiled the Exynos 9 Series 9820 SoC based on the 8nm LPP (Low Power Plus) FinFET process. This premium SoC is expected be integrated into the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and Galaxy Note 10 flagships next year. The processor is claimed to reduce power consumption by 10 percent compared to 10nm LPP process, comes with an integrated neural processing unit (NPU), a custom tri-cluster CPU, Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, support for 8K video recording, and an advanced image signal processor (ISP) as well.

The biggest highlight of the Samsung Exynos 9 Series 9820 SoC is the integrated NPU – a component that specialises in processing artificial intelligence tasks. Samsung notes that the NPU allows the processor to perform AI-related functions seven times faster than its predecessor, thereby enhancing AI capabilities of a mobile device. The SoC integrates a 4th generation custom CPU that consists of two custom cores, two ARM Cortex-A75 cores, and four ARM Cortex-A55 cores. This new custom CPU is touted to boost multi-core performance by 15 percent, single core performance by up to 20 percent, and boost power efficiency by up to 40 percent when compared to the Exynos 9810.

The Exynos 9820 SoC bears a LTE-Advanced Pro modem that supports LTE Category 20, and claims to offer downlink speed of up to 2.0Gbps with 8x carrier aggregation (CA) and uplink speed of up to 316Mbps. The modem supports 4×4 Multiple-Input, Multiple-Output (MIMO), 256-QAM (Quadrature Amplitude Modulation), and Enhanced Licensed-Assisted Access (eLAA) technology.

The SoC integrates the Mali-G76 MP12 GPU, and because of its wider execution engines, it offers up to 40 percent performance improvement and 35 percent enhancement in power efficiency. The chipset’s ISP supports up to five sensors including an IR sensor, 8K video recording 30fps, 4K UHD video recording at 150fps, and uses the physically unclonable function (PUF) for added security.

Furthermore, it supports up to 4K UHD (2160×4096 pixels) and WQUXGA (2400×3840 pixels) displays, UFS 3.0 and UFS 2.1 storage, LPDDR4x memory, up to 22-megapixel rear and front cameras, and if it’s a dual camera setup then it supports up to two 16-megapixel lenses. The new Samsung Exynos 9829 SoC is expected to go in mass production by the end of the year.

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Black Friday 2018 Ads: Apple iPad, iPhone, Watch Deals Leak

We now know a lot about Black Friday 2018’s best deals and that means we know what you can save on many Apple AAPL -2.02%

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devices. My holiday sales partner BestBlackFriday.com has attained leaked ad scans from Costco, Sam’s Club and Target and these are the best iPad, iPhone and Apple Watch Black Friday sales so far…

It is worth noting that while Amazon’s first Black Friday sales and Walmart’s early holiday season deals are both live, neither has revealed savings on Apple devices yet. We understand Walmart will have the biggest iPhone discounts this year, but the deals below from Target and Sam’s Club are close…

Black Friday 2018 Apple sales include the new iPhone XS (middle), iPhone XS Max (left) and iPhone XR (right)Apple

Apple iPhone Black Friday Sales

  • Target – Free $250 Target Gift Card with qualified activation on iPhone Xs or iPhone XS Max on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Target – Free $150 Target Gift Card with Qualified Activation on iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 or iPhone X on Verizon, Sprint or AT&T – See Ad Scan Deal – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Sam’s Club – Receive a Sam’s Club Gift Card worth up to $300 with Purchase and Activation on Installment or Subsidy of Select iPhones (Nov. 10th Only) – See Ad Scan Deal

The Sam’s Club is a real head turner and shopping early could get you one of the best iPhone deals of Black Friday 2018. The big missing player here is Best Buy, but its deals could give Target a scare.

Apple Watch Black Friday Sales

  • Target – Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) for $299.99 (save $80) – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Target – Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) for $199.99 (save $80) – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Costco – $40 Off Apple Watch Series 3 GPS 38mm Silver or 42mm Space Gray (Nov. 6th-15th Only) – See Ad Scan Deal
  • Sam’s Club – Up to $50 Off Select Apple Watch Models (Nov. 10th Only) – See Ad Scan Deal

There will be good savings on the Apple Watch Series 3 this year, but it is worth noting that the new Apple Watch Series 4 is a major step up and a potential game-changer for the smartphone sector. As such, demand is red hot and deals on it will be limited but we expect Target will have a small discount.

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