Credit Suisse estimates iPhone 6 earns lowest ever margins but predicts 14 percent revenue growth

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Credit Suisse analysts have estimated that Apple is making a smaller margin on the iPhone 6 than on any previous model – but predicts that the impact will be offset by year-on-year revenue growth of 14 percent, reports Quartz.

The iPhone 6 costs Apple $350.60 to produce, all in. Apple typically receives $599 on the retail price of $649, leaving it with $248.40 in gross profit. That’s 41.5%. Still very healthy, but not at the levels of previous models.

In contrast, the iPhone 5s left Apple with $274.30, giving it a 45.8% margin. The two-year-old iPhone 5 gave Apple $293.70 per unit, or 49% …

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The five reasons Apple never intended to use sapphire displays on the iPhone 6 – Time

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Time is reporting that, in contrast to the many rumors (and GTAT investor claims), Apple had never planned to use sapphire displays for the iPhone 6, and the company may not use it for future iPhones.

Some reports stated that up until a few weeks before the iPhone announcement, Apple was going to use sapphire but dropped it because of yield issues. This is not true. My sources tell me that sapphire was never targeted for the iPhone 6 or 6 Plus and its role in future iPhones hasn’t even been decided yet.

Speculation about sapphire displays for the iPhone 6 began when Apple built a major new manufacturing facility in Arizona last November. But Time‘s Tim Bajarin says that while the scratch-resistance of the material may have made it sound superficially appealing, there were no fewer than five reasons it would not have made sense to use the material for the iPhone 6 display …

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iPhone 6 production by the numbers: 100 production lines, 200k workers, 540k phones a day

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The WSJ revealed some iPhone 6 production numbers as Foxconn struggles to meet demand from pre-orders: the company is operating around 100 production lines around the clock, has 200,000 workers dedicated to production of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus – and is manufacturing 540,000 units a day.

“We have been churning out 140,000 iPhone 6 Plus and 400,000 iPhone 6 every day, the highest daily output ever, but the volume is still not enough to meet the preorders,” said a person familiar with the matter …

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Review: T-Mobile’s $25 Personal CellSpot is a no-brainer for Magenta customers and handover Wifi calling may even win some converts

In all of the hoopla over the new iPhone 6/Plus, T-Mobile in the US and EE in the UK got themselves a pretty big exclusive (for now). T-Mobile has been offering Wifi calling for years but it’s recently come to the iPhone – and with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, gets even better with cell/wifi handover. (T-Mobile partnered with Gogo to enable texting and voicemails on participating airline journeys as well).

Wifi calling, for some, may be the type of feature that makes or breaks a carrier relationship. With it, you can make calls anywhere there is a wifi signal. That means basements, country homes and even foreign countries are all now open to making and receiving calls from your carrier phone number… Read more

Early reviews confirm the iPhone 6 Plus has the same 1GB RAM as the 4.7-inch model (Updated)

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Early reviews confirm that the iPhone 6 Plus has the same 1GB RAM as the iPhone 6. It had been suggested by some that the 5.5-inch model might have a higher spec, with 2GB RAM.

They reveal that both models of the iPhone 6 have identical specs bar the display, battery and optical stabilisation in the camera of the larger model (the 4.7-inch model having only electronic stabilisation) …  Read more

Review roundup: Everyone loves the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

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The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will finally be available to the public this Friday, September 19th, but early reviews of the two new devices have gone live this evening from several publications. The iPhone 6 is the biggest iPhone yet, coming in with a 4.7-inch display, while the iPhone 6 Plus packs an even larger 5.5-inch panel. Both of the models feature “Retina HD” displays. The internals of the devices have also been upgraded to include a new second generation 64-bit A8 chip that Apple claims is 25% faster CPU-wise than ever before and 50% faster graphically.

Both models of the new iPhone went up for pre-order this past Friday and Apple says the devices set an all-time pre-order sales record. You can read our round-up of all the product reviews below:

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Part two of Charlie Rose’s Tim Cook interview now available to stream in full

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Following the publishing of the first half of the interview, and several subsequent clips, part two Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook is now available to watch – in full – on Hulu (below) and Charlie Roses’s website. In the interview, Cook discusses a wide variety of topics, ranging from privacy, to U2, and “what comes after the internet.”

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With ‘mother of all upgrades’ expected, Apple courts Android switchers with iPhone transition guide

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With iOS 8 set for public release tomorrow, Apple has posted a new guide on its website detailing the best way for Android switchers to move content from their old device to their new iPhone. The detailed guide includes instructions on transferring Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Photos, Videos, Music, Books, Documents, and Apps and highlights a number of third-party apps to get the job done. Read more

Two-factor verification for iCloud.com is back following recent hacks

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Back in June, Apple rolled out a two-factor authentication system for the iCloud.com suite of web apps. The feature quickly disappeared, but today, users are noticing that it has returned. The feature requires users to verify their identity via a ping to a SMS text number or device connected to their particular iCloud login ID. This adds an extra layer of protection so that if even another person knows your iCloud password, they will still need one of your iOS devices or SMS-connected cell phones to access Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Notes, Reminders, and iWork on the web. The addition of two-factor verification comes following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s promise to bolster iCloud security after a small number of celebrity accounts were accessed by hackers.

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Microsoft unveils MFi Bluetooth keyboard built for iOS, Android & Windows devices

Microsoft today announced a new Bluetooth keyboard accessory that doesn’t just work with non-Windows devices like some of its past keyboards, it also includes a function for easily switching between Windows, Android, and iOS as well as dedicated keys for the other platforms.

Other nice touches for iOS users: Microsoft even includes a CMD key normally reserved for Mac/iOS keyboards in its proper location in addition to a dedicated home button for both Android and iOS. Not only that, but the keyboard is a Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod touch product, which means it also has Apple’s seal of approval.

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OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release imminent as pre-release build seeded to AppleCare

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We’ve received word from multiple AppleCare employees that the upcoming OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 release has been seeded internally. This typically means that AppleCare is preparing for the software’s release. With iOS 8 launching tomorrow, it’s likely that 10.9.5 will launch in the coming days or weeks.

Here are the release notes via multiple AppleCare employees:

- The OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 update is recommended for all Mavericks users. It improves the Stability, compatibility and security of your Mac.

- Improves the reliability of VPN connections that use USB smart cards for authentications

- Improves the reliability of accessing files located on an SMB server

- Includes Safari 7.0.6

For detailed information about this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT6400

For detailed information about the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Don’t get too hooked on 10.9.5 however, because the redesigned OS X Yosemite with a bunch of new features is just around the corner. Sources indicated in July that the release is scheduled for toward the end of October. Apple most recently seeded a new Yosemite beta yesterday with minor enhancements.

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This is Apple’s retail store gameplan for iPhone 6/Plus launch

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The big day is almost here. After months of speculation, a momentous keynote from Tim Cook, and record preorders, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will officially hit store shelves this Friday. Apple is going to great lengths to ensure that Friday runs smoothly for its customers and employees.

We’ve tracked down Apple’s retail gameplan so you’ll know what to expect on launch day including what percentage of iPhones Apple Stores are required to hold back, refreshment times (Starbucks usually) and Personal Setup details …
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