Monday in CE: Apple to Halve iPhone X Production After Slow Holiday Sales
Apple has revealed today that its production target for the iPhone X will be cut in half, putting the flagship phone at a capacity of about 20 million.
This is in part to a few different factors, but the most prominent being slower-than-expected sales in key markets such as Europe, the U.S., and China. Those sales may stem from the introduction of a baselined $1,000 phone, but that is the price to pay when Samsung is your only OLED screen supplier.
Another reason is the production of the model faced a supply shortage due to delays in component delivery. With the inventory now starting to rise, Apple can slow down production.
It could also be slow adoption of the relatively unconventional design or even the leaked rumors of next year's models being more of the same, simply better. Apple is expected to launch a trio of new iPhone models in 2018, including 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch models with OLED displays and a 6.1-inch model with an LCD display, according to respected KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. However, at least one other analyst has predicted that the LCD-to-OLED ratio this year will actually be 2:1.
Days out From HomePod, We Still Don't Know What it Can Do
Despite having an assumedly long list of names ready to pick up their HomePod, Apple is being really strange about releasing details of just what the HomePod is capable of.
Apple’s website suggests that the Siri-powered voice control functionality only works with Apple Music, for example — it states “Siri works with Apple Music. Subscription required for Apple Music.” But what about if you use iCloud Music Library through iTunes Match, the digital music storage and playback system that Apple Music largely superseded?
Since my hands on with the HomePod, I've gotten a number of questions about how the HomePod deals with streaming from Apple Music, iCloud Music Library,AirPlay sources like your Mac, and if iTunes Match works at all in this crazy new world.
Here's how everything is supposed to work.
Basically, if you don't have Apple Music or iTunes match, your only option is AirPlay or Siri. It turns your very expensive Apple speaker into just a very expensive speaker. Not a deal breaker (it should sound pretty badass) and not uncharacteristic of an overtly aggressive Apple ecosystem. However, not much changes for iTunes Match users either. The real benefit is being an Apple Music subscriber, but we knew that from the start.
The real bummer is lack of bluetooth streaming. "Despite Apple listing Bluetooth 5.0 as part of HomePod's specifications, I haven't heard anything that would lead me to believe it can be used as a Bluetooth speaker — AirPlay only," reports iMore. "To my knowledge, Bluetooth 5.0 is in there to aid in the setup process, but again, I don't yet have confirmation on this so can't state definitively."
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