Apple releases its latest set of quarterly results next Tuesday and Wall Street is fretting about the figures. People are hanging onto their smartphones for longer, prompting concerns about growth. Second-quarter results from US technology major Apple, which will be released on Tuesday 1 May, are arguably one of the most important set of results the iPhone maker has released for some time. Wall Street expects a lacklustre quarter of growth in smart phone sales - and these worries have resulted in Apple shares slipping by around 8% over the last week, wiping more than $60bn off its valuation. Smartphone dependent This is a major issue for the company as it relies heavily on one product – the iPhone makes up around 62% of group sales. We have known for some time that customers have been holding onto their phones for longer – Dixons Carphone cited this in a profit warning issued in August 2017. The retailer said that new phone innovation was now “incremental” and … [Read more...] about Apple results preview – have smartphone sales peaked?
SAMSUNG could be bulking up its next flagship smartphone, according to a new leak. The size boost means that the hotly rumoured Samsung Galaxy S9 spin-off may have an ever bigger screen than Apple's £999 iPhone X. Last month, a regulatory filing in China revealed that Samsung was working on a surprise smartphone that hasn't yet been announced. The handset is believed to be an upgraded version of the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S9 – featuring more powerful hardware. Now a top mobile tipster has revealed that the mysterious 'SM-G8850' blower could feature a massive 6.3-inch screen. It's worth noting that Samsung typically reserves 'SM-G' model numbers for Galaxy S phones – the flagship handset range. The current Galaxy S9 only has a 5.8-inch display, and the larger Galaxy S9+ is 6.2 inches. That means Samsung's next handset could be much bigger than both the iPhone 8 Plus (5.5 inches) and the pricey iPhone X (5.8 inches). Phone makers have gradually bumped the size … [Read more...] about Samsung’s next Galaxy smartphone tipped to be even BIGGER than iPhone X
"That would be MediaTek Inc."You can probably thank (blame) the Taiwanese chip designer for making smartphones cheap and generic. When it took on Qualcomm Inc. in the feature phone market, it earned the moniker 'King of the Bandit Phones' by making it easier for customers to develop handsets quickly.Once the smartphone era arrived -- heralded not only by Apple Inc.'s iPhone but the launch of Google's Android operating system -- MediaTek also earned higher returns for shareholders.Then things fell apart. Qualcomm upped its game and the smartphone market slowed. Anemic revenue growth in 2015 led to a plunge in earnings, while a decline in sales last year was offset by one-time gains that propped up the bottom line. MediaTek's stock traced this trend, touching an eight-year low in mid-2016 and moving sideways from there.A curious thing has happened over the past year, however. Global smartphone demand hasn't turned around, and competition to supply chips for the devices has barely eased. … [Read more...] about Hey Alexa, Which Chipmaker Found Life After Smartphones?
Apple is likely to stop producing iPhone X smartphones, according to Mirabaud analyst Neil Campling. The oversupply of chips and high prices are the reason, he says. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, or TSMC, the world's largest semiconductor foundry company, is facing a problem with an oversupply of chips, and the company’s stock was down 6.3 percent on Friday. This "has never been higher," Campling says, as quoted by CNBC. His company has tracked inventory data at TSMC for more than 10 years. The problems at TSMC will raise concerns about AMS, Apple's key supplier for the iPhone X’s Face ID feature which unlocks the smartphone when you look at it. The record inventories at TSMC show that Apple will not be producing more iPhone X models next year, the analyst said. "With the declines in iPhone X orders and the inventory issue at TSMC at record highs, which basically reflect a need to burn off inventory. Why? Because the iPhone X is dead," Campling wrote, as quoted by … [Read more...] about iPhone X is dead as consumers turn their backs on pricey smartphones – analyst
Game of Phones: Every week I’ll pick a new game for iOS or Android that’s perfect for long journeys, the commute or just when you want to switch off from the outside world. RollerCoaster Tycoon is one of the best video games ever made and you can actually play it on your iPhone, iPad or Android smartphone. Released in 1999 for Windows PCs, this game was an integral part of my life growing up and even just seeing the game again is a nostalgic throwback to the days when video games were installed using Floppy Discs or CD-ROMs. In what must be one of the most faithful ports of all-time, the games’ developers have changed almost nothing about the original, choosing instead to make some subtle changes to the controls so that you can actually build your theme park while you’re pushed up against 15 other people on a bus. As such everything that was wonderful about the original is still here from its glorious pixellated design to the sound effects of confused … [Read more...] about RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic On Your Smartphone Is A Requirement For Everyone