According to Foxconn employees, Apple may launch two LCD iPhone models this year, one of which is likely to be the new "Dual-SIM Dual Standby" version, which is considered to be a unique model for China, while the second model one has one SIM card tray. (Via (MacX)

It's widely believed that Apple will launch three new iPhones this year. However, Foxconn employees revealed that new iPhones have four codenames: 801, 802, 803, and 804. The iPhones codenamed 801 and 802 are said to use a stainless steel frame, which should be the 5.8-inch, 6.5-inch models implemented with an OLED screen.


As for the iPhones that codenamed 803 and 804, it could possibly be two iPhones featured with an aluminum metal frame, which seems to be two 6.1-inch LCD models. One would be a model with Dual-SIM capabilities, another would just be the normal one.

Since the launch of the iPhone, it has only one physical SIM card tray. Yet, due to the unique characteristics of the Chinese smartphone market, the public generally has multiple mobile phone numbers. If the company plans to launch a new iPhone designed for China, it's reasonable. Once launched, we expected it to attract some Android phone users to switch.

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Apple finally reached another impossible milestone on August 2, 2018, with a stock market value of 1 trillion. The company achieved this milestone by hitting a stock price of $207.05 and above in intraday trading today. This comes after Apple reported its best-ever June quarter earnings.


Apple expects fourth-quarter revenues to be between $60 billion and $62 billion, or 16% to 19% year-on-year. This strong expectation indicates that it will launch a number of new hardware this fall. Rumors suggest that the company may release three new iPhones at the time, consumers expect Apple to launch a new version of the iPad Pro and a revamped Apple Watch.

However, like the most milestone, Apple has reached a trillion dollar market value, but it doesn't make it a huge deal. Of course, the milestone proves Apple's strength. For many years, the Cupertino firm is world's most market-worthy company, due to the popularity of products such as the iPhone and iPad.

Currently, Amazon is second closest to that milestone, with a market cap around the $877 billion mark, ranked third and fourth is Microsoft and Google, who have $852 million and $808 million, respectively.

According to The Washington Post, If you bought $10,000 in Apple when it first sold publicly traded stock at its initial public offering price of $22 in December 1980, it would now be worth around $6.3 million, including reinvested dividends.

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The latest data from CIRP shows that houses in the U.S. have installed 50 million smart speakers, including the Amazon Echo, Google Home, and HomePod. CIRP claims that HomePod's market share is around 6%, which means HomePod's sales in the United States are around 3 million, as of June 30th.


In contrast, the Amazon Echo has a 70% market share and Google Home has a market share of 24%. Of course, HomePod went on the market for a short time, and it was officially launched in February of this year, whereas Amazon Echo and Google Home were released 2-3 years ago

Apple introduced HomePod in the first quarter, and now has a small but meaningful share. It took a small share of the market from both Amazon and Google. Still, Amazon has a two-year head start, and Amazon and Google each have a low-priced device that accounts for at least half of unit sales, so it's not clear how much further Apple can establish itself in the market without a more competitive model.

In April of this year, reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicted that Apple is considering to launch a lower-priced HomePod. The price of the budget HomePod may be between $150 and $200, but it's unclear what features Apple will cut to reduce cost. Currently, the HomePod is priced at $349 in the US.

Developer Guilherme Rambo has found new evidence in the iOS 12 beta that Apple will bring a new generation of iPad Pro with thin bezels and No notch in the fall. Just a couple of days ago, the 9to5Mac writer says that 2018 iPhones will have Dual-SIM capabilities and that a new AirPods charging case is coming.


The icon element found in iOS 12 beta 5 is part of the battery usage UI, showing that the iPad has neither a home button nor more importantly, "a notch". However, since there is no Home button, we can confirm that it will be featured with Face ID for security authorization.

The material that Rambo found is clearly "iPad", which appeared on iOS 12 beta 5 so it can be determined that it is a future product, probably 2018 iPad Pro models, which will likely to be equipped with faster processors, no headphone jack, and more!

Apple Pay, the mobile payment services launched in September of 2014, is expected to expanding to several places including Germany, CVS drug stores, 16,000 Chase ATMs, and 7-11 convenience stores in the United States later in the year.


In Germany, Apple is working to establish deals over fees and other factors with German banks. CEO Tim Cook says that it will come later this year, however, an exact date wasn't given, but we suggested that it could launch alongside the official release of iOS 12 this fall.

Chase, one of the major banks in the United States, has announced that customers can now use Apple Pay and other mobile wallet services on their 16,000 ATMs. The customer no longer needs a physical debit card or access code, instead, users will need to open up the Wallet app after the Chase card was being added, select the virtual Chase debit card and tap the iPhone on the "Cardless" symbol on the ATM, authenticating via Face ID or Touch ID.

At present, there are 29 countries with Apple Pay support: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, New Zealand. Russia, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Poland, as well as Switzerland, Taiwan, United Arab Emirates, UK, USA, and Vatican City.

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Following the record-breaking earnings, Apple stock shares passed the $200 mark in intraday trading today, establishing a new all-time high for the company's stock, as its market cap is now above $983 billion dollars!


The earnings report reaching the high end of its guidance and beating Wall Street expectations. Apple hovers ever so close to a trillion dollar valuation. However, the jump in market cap was actually smaller than the rise in share price, also the company's market cap can't be determined until Apple files its quarterly 10-Q form today with an updated total of outstanding shares.

For Apple to pass the trillion-dollar market cap milestone, their stock will need to cross the ~$209 level assuming the company does not buy back any more shares. Currently, Amazon is second closest to that milestone, with a market cap around the $875 billion mark, ranked third and fourth is and Microsoft and Google, who have $852 million and $808 million, respectively.

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According to the new data shared by IDC, in the second quarter of 2018, China's smartphone maker Huawei shipped 54.2 million phones, whereas Apple shipped 41.3 million iPhones, which means that Huawei has successfully surpassed Apple and become the world's second largest smartphone manufacturer.


Apple has grabbed 12.1% of the global smartphone market and Huawei has accounted for 15.8%. Huawei's smartphone market share increased by 41% year-over-year, and shipments increased by 15.7 million. Whilst Samsung is still the largest smartphone manufacturer, with shipments approaching 71.5 million and a market share of 20.9%.

The arrival of Huawei in the second position marks the first quarter since 2Q10 where Apple has not been the number one or two smartphone company in terms of market share. Huawei delivered shipments of 54.2 million units to move into the second position with a record high market share of 15.8%. Samsung maintained a comfortable lead, although indications from its recent 2Q18 earnings call suggest its mobile division revenues will face challenges moving forward.

Xiaomi and OPPO, other two Chinese smartphone vendors, shipped 31.9 million and 29.4 million phones respectively.


Overall, in the second quarter of this year, global smartphone shipments were 342 million, down 1.8% from the same period last year. Though Apple's iPhone shipments have not changed much, however, since iPhone X has raised the average selling price, Apple's revenue has grown by 20%, so the iPhone business has generated $30 billion in revenue.

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