Apple announced their new phones this month and the prices are as expected - the iPhone 7 starts at $649 and iPhone 7 Plus at $769. But, do you know how much Apple has to spend to manufacture those phones?
A report from IHS Markit, an analyst company based in London, shows that Apple's total cost to manufacture the iPhone 7 (32GB) is $224.80, which is around 18% more than the cost of the iPhone 6S.
"Total BOM (the bill of materials) costs for the iPhone 7 are more in line with what we have seen in teardowns of recent flagship phones from Apple's main competitor, Samsung, in that the costs are higher than in previous iPhone teardown analyses. All other things being equal, Apple still makes more margin from hardware than Samsung, but materials costs are higher than in the past", said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director of cost benchmarking services.
It wasn't too long ago that we had our first look of the Pixel smartphone, and now we have a clearer shot of the 5-inch smartphone, and the purported new navigation buttons.
VentureBeat has the scoop with the Google Pixel smartphone, the 5-inch variant while the 5.5-inch display will find a home on Pixel XL, but we have a great look of the phone's UI. We can see the new Pixel Launcher, as well as the circular launcher icons and new navigation icons.
The icons are now completely filled in on the Android 7.0-based smartphone, compared to the empty shapes on previous versions of Android. The change in icons could be an exclusive to the Pixel, but overall the smartphone is shaping up to be a nice evolution from Nexus to Pixel, and Android 6.0 to 7.0, so far.
Apple removing the 3.5mm audio jack on the iPhone 7 has been a journey of lots of ups and downs, but one of the best parts of this (I have a dark sense of humor) is that there's a viral video showing someone drilling a hole to expose the hidden 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7.
TechRax's clip has over 10 million views, with some of the comments on the video not realizing it's a troll and tried the "secret hack", drilling a hole in their iPhone 7 to find the hidden 3.5mm port. Most of the comments are also trolls, but there looks to be a few people who might have tried the hack.
With a newly focused Microsoft aiming for services and devices and beyond successful brands in Windows and Xbox, the Surface range has been quickly making a name for itself against Apple in many ways.
Microsoft tried its hand at the mobile market with Nokia, but it didn't work and it was a massive acquisition that saw Nokia virtually dissolve into irrelevance when compared with how Samsung and Apple have completely dominated and made monopolies of the mobile market, something Nokia was once the ruler of.
With rumors of Surface Phone, the company could be working on its own smartphone to compete against Samsung and Apple, teaming up with Qualcomm on the processor side of things. More information has surfaced on Microsoft's purported smartphone, with a post on Baidu teasing it runs Windows 10 Mobile Redstone 2, packs the Snapdragon 830 processor, a 5.7-inch 2K display, and a 20MP camera.
The information was posted in May, so many of these specs could have easily changed, and might do so again before its launch in 2017. Microsoft could do well in the smartphone market as it is beginning to get stale on the iPhone side, while Samsung deals with the massive issues stemming from its battery issues on the Galaxy Note 7, losing nearly $40 billion in stock in just a few days.
Samsung is currently busy replacing all of those exploding Galaxy Note 7 smartphones, but the rumors of its next-gen Galaxy S8 just won't go away, with the latest rumor teasing a 4K display for the Galaxy S8.
It has been reported that a senior official from Samsung was arrested in South Korea, as he was trying to steal confidential information from Samsung in relation to its 14nm and 10nm technology. The report teased that Samsung is planning to use a 10nm-based Exynos processor in its Galaxy S8 next year, but then SamMobile (who are pretty good with rumors) says they have information which says the Galaxy S8 will rock the Exynos 8895 processor with ARM's new Mali-G71 GPU.
ARM's updated Mali-G71 GPU is 1.8x as powerful as the Mali-T880 MP12 GPU that's used in the Exynos 8890-based Galaxy S7. The new Mali-G71 GPU is powered by ARM's new Bifrost architecture, offering 4K and VR and is compatible with Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.2, GPU Compute, and Android RenderScript APIs. The GPU is clocked at 850MHz, with the 16nm GPU capable of 27.2Gpix/s, over double what the Mali-T880 is capable of at the same speeds.
This could allow Samsung to use a 4K resolution on the Galaxy S8, for higher image quality on the smartphone display, as well as a better VR experience with its own Gear VR headset.
Apple caused quite the stir with its iPhone 7 lacking a headphone jack, and with rumors that Samsung will be removing the 3.5mm port on its upcoming Galaxy S8 - but now we have HTC Bolt details leaked, with it lacking a headphone jack.
The render comes courtesy of leaker Evan Blass, with the HTC Bolt to be a Sprint-exclusive for US consumers only. It looks to be shaping up as a mass-market device, something that HTC could use to dip its toes in the 'hey guys, we're going to start removing the 3.5mm jack from our smartphones', testing consumers reactions to the Bolt.
It seems as though HTC has tweaked the look of its HTC 10 handset, with the Bolt to most likely be built from aluminum, double chamfer, and more. The fingerprint sensor is at the bottom, with a USB Type-C connector for charging/syncing.
Availability wise, it looks like October 18 could be the day of launch.
Microsoft surprised everyone today and announced a new Nokia phone - the Nokia 216, a feature phone with dual SIM capability that will be available in India and Pakistan by the end of October.
For a mere $37 you get a 2.4-inch QVGA screen, 1020 mAh replaceable battery and two 0.3 MP VGA cameras. 16MB of RAM is enough to run the Series 30+ OS, Opera Mini browsers and other pre-installed apps. Storage is basically your memory card which can be up to 32GB.
Microsoft also points out that you can store up to 2,000 contacts.
Just a few minutes ago, my Galaxy Note 7 vibrated and sounded out with a new notification telling me that they're pushing out a new firmware update for the Note 7, with a 60% battery charge limit.
The new 60% limit will come into play soon, and once it appears on the Galaxy Note 7 it will automatically download it, and install. Once the update is complete, Samsung will push another message to Note 7 owners, stating that the phone should be turned off, and returned to the store.
Seriously, I'm loving all of these leaks on Pixel in the last 24 hours, and now this is the best yet - our first look at a somewhat real version of the Pixel, and its bigger sibling, the Pixel XL. We only just reported that Google will unveil the new Pixel smartphones on October 4, too.
As you can see from the front of the Pixel and Pixel XL, that they have a very iPhone-like style, down to the circular home button. The Pixel XL on the left looks to rock the 5.5-inch panel we've been hearing about, while the smaller Pixel will use a 5-inch panel.
On the back, we have the circular fingerprint reader - making a pattern with the circular home button. We can also see the flush rear-facing camera and LED flash, with some branding by the looks of things in the middle of the Pixel handsets, under the fingerprint sensor.
Google is hosting an event on October 4, which is where we will see the Pixel and Pixel XL unveiled, with a rumored $649 price on the Pixel, we could be emptying our wallets a little more for Google this year round.
Can you believe how many problems we're seeing with the Galaxy Note 7 and now the iPhone 7? Samsung is having Note 7s exploding all over the world, while Apple has users enjoying hissing sounds and now - 'no service' bugs when disabling Airplane Mode.
Apple is aware of the issue, which sees cellular service completely disabled after turning off Airplane Mode. The company has talked with service providers, authorizing them to restart their iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus smartphones. If there's still no service, Apple advises its customers to remove, and then re-insert the SIM card.
MacRumors reader Yasser El-Haggan showed the above video of turning Airplane Mode off on his iPhone 7 alongside an iPhone 6S, with the iPhone 7 not having service while the iPhone 6S enjoys two bars of LTE. He explained: "All of a sudden today my iPhone 7 Jet Black model started not getting internet service -- can't make outbound calls or receive calls -- even though it showed 4 bars. I then put it in Airplane Mode, and back off, then it showed no service. It got pretty warm in the top right hand corner".