Apple set to release its new 5G iPhone 12 lineup in two stages

Apple set to release its new 5G iPhone 12 lineup in two stages starting with the 6.1-inch models first, report claims

  • Apple confirmed it will release its 5G iPhone 12 lineup in October 
  • The delay is due to the ongoing coronavirus and travel restrictions
  • A new report now suggests the release will be done in two stages
  • The 6.1-inch iPhones will launch first, followed by the  6.7- and 5.4-inch devices

Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date would be delayed until at least October as a result of production delays, but a new report says the launch will be split in two stages.

The tech giant is set to roll out four smartphones this year and sources within the supply chain revealed the two 6.1-inch models will hit the market first.

Shipments for the device are reportedly under way, which will be followed by 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in late August.

The delay is a result of the coronavirus pandemic that forced Apple to close its factories in China earlier this year, in a bid to limit spreading the virus.

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Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date would be delayed until at least October as a result of production delays, but a new report says the launch will be split in two stages (Pictured are artist impression of the smartphone)

September has been the set month for when Apple releases its next-gen iPhone, but the ongoing health crisis and travel restrictions has forced the firm to shift plans.

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October.

However, Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July.

‘We believe we are going to have a strong back-to-school season,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said on the conference call, Axios reported.

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October. Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October. Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July

The news of two stages was shared by Digitimes, which revealed Apple’s supply chain plans on receiving orders for new iPhone components in the fourth quarter – a few weeks later than usual.

‘Apple may launch its 5G iPhones in two stages,’ reports Digitimes, ‘with two 6.1-inch models in the first and another 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in the second.’ 

The publication’s unnamed sources within the supply chain reportedly say that their shipments for the 6.1-inch iPhone have already begun. These shipments are of the ‘SLP (Substrate-like PCB) mainboards’ and those for the remaining iPhones are now scheduled to begin in late August.

Overall, Digitimes says that the peak time for shipping all new iPhone SLPs is going to take place between two and four weeks later than Apple’s traditional timeline.

The present global health crisis also means that Apple will not be placing earnings targets, again, for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Apple iPhone 12 is hotly anticipated and will support 5G wireless technology.

In locations where the necessary infrastructure is already established, these 5G enabled handsets will offer superior download speeds.

The development will see Apple catch up to its Android-based rivals, whose latest offerings have all featured 5G capable handsets.

These include the OnePlus 8 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 20.

Rumors have also circulated online that, with the iPhone 12, Apple may cease bundling matching headphones and a charging adapter with handset sales.

iPHONE 12 RUMORS 

Respected leaker Jon Prosser revealed schematics of a drastically reduced camera 'notch' on the front, expected for the iPhone 12

Respected leaker Jon Prosser revealed schematics of a drastically reduced camera ‘notch’ on the front, expected for the iPhone 12

A pair of leaked schematics suggest that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 will fall just short of eliminating a camera ‘notch’ on the phone’s display.

The pictures, posted on Twitter by frequent phone leaker Jon Prosser, show what appear to be official Apple schematics for its next flagship iPhone – specifically a drastically reduced ‘notch’ that stores the device’s front-facing camera components.

According to the schematics the microphone will be moved to the top of the device’s display in order to compress the size of the camera notch.

Citing ‘people familiar with the plans,’ the report notes that Apple is set to release four new smartphones this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The devices will come in three different sizes, one will be 5.4 inches, two at 6.1 inches and another model is 6.7 inches – some of the handsets will support 5G.  

Apple’s iPhone 12 could also be completely wireless, meaning users will not receive a free pair of earbuds and be forced to purchase the firm’s $159 AirPods.

The news was revealed by well-known Apple product predictor Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the tech giant may offer promotions or discounts on the AirPods this holiday season.

Kuo also noted that Apple is not expected to release new models of AirPods or AirPods Pro until 2021, 9to5Mac reports.

Apple set to release its new 5G iPhone 12 lineup in two stages

Apple set to release its new 5G iPhone 12 lineup in two stages starting with the 6.1-inch models first, report claims

  • Apple confirmed it will release its 5G iPhone 12 lineup in October 
  • The delay is due to the ongoing coronavirus and travel restrictions
  • A new report now suggests the release will be done in two stages
  • The 6.1-inch iPhones will launch first, followed by the  6.7- and 5.4-inch devices

Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date would be delayed until at least October as a result of production delays, but a new report says the launch will be split in two stages.

The tech giant is set to rollout four smartphones this year and sources within the supply chain revealed the two 6.1-inch models will hit the market first.

Shipments for the device are reportedly underway, which will be followed by 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in late August.

The delay is a result of the coronavirus pandemic that forced Apple to close its factories in China earlier this year, in a bid to limit spreading the virus.

Scroll down for video 

Apple recently confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date would be delayed until at least October as a result of production delays, but a new report says the launch will be split in two stages (Pictured are artist impression of the smartphone)

September has been the set month for when Apple releases its next-gen iPhone, but the ongoing health crisis and travel restrictions has forced the firm to shift plans.

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October.

However, Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July.

‘We believe we are going to have a strong back-to-school season,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said on the conference call, Axios reported.

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October. Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July

Confirmation of the delay followed rumors circulated by tech leaker John Prosser last month that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October. Apple confirmed the rumors to be true during its last earnings call at the end of July

The news of two stages was shared by Digitimes, which revealed Apple’s supply chain plans on receiving orders for new iPhone componenets in the fourth quarter – a few weeks later than usual.

‘Apple may launch its 5G iPhones in two stages,’ reports Digitimes, ‘with two 6.1-inch models in the first and another 6.7- and 5.4-inch devices in the second.’

The report claims

The publication’s unnamed sources within the supply chain reportedly say that their shipments for the 6.1-inch iPhone have already begun. These shipments are of the ‘SLP (Substrate-like PCB) mainboards’ and those for the remaining iPhones are now scheduled to begin in late August.

Overall, Digitimes says that the peak time for shipping all new iPhone SLPs is going to take place between two and four weeks later than Apple’s traditional timeline.

The present global health crisis also means that Apple will not be placing earnings targets, again, for the fourth quarter of 2020.

The Apple iPhone 12 is hotly anticipated and will support 5G wireless technology.

In locations where the necessary infrastructure is already established, these 5G enabled handsets will offer superior download speeds.

The development will see Apple catch up to its Android-based rivals, whose latest offerings have all featured 5G capable handsets.

These include the OnePlus 8 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 20.

Rumours have also circulated online that, with the iPhone 12, Apple may cease bundling matching headphones and a charging adaptor with handset sales.

iPHONE 12 RUMOURS 

Respected leaker Jon Prosser revealed schematics of a drastically reduced camera 'notch' on the front, expected for the iPhone 12

Respected leaker Jon Prosser revealed schematics of a drastically reduced camera ‘notch’ on the front, expected for the iPhone 12

A pair of leaked schematics suggest that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 will fall just short of eliminating a camera ‘notch’ on the phone’s display.

The pictures, posted on Twitter by frequent phone leaker Jon Prosser, show what appear to be official Apple schematics for its next flagship iPhone – specifically a drastically reduced ‘notch’ that stores the device’s front-facing camera components.

According to the schematics the microphone will be moved to the top of the device’s display in order to compress the size of the camera notch.

Citing ‘people familiar with the plans,’ the report notes that Apple is set to release four new smartphones this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The devices will come in three different sizes, one will be 5.4 inches, two at 6.1 inches and another model is 6.7 inches – some of the handsets will support 5G.  

Apple’s iPhone 12 could also be completely wireless, meaning users will not receive a free pair of earbuds and be forced to purchase the firm’s $159 AirPods.

The news was revealed by well-known Apple product predictor Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the tech giant may offer promotions or discounts on the AirPods this holiday season.

Kuo also noted that Apple is not expected to release new models of AirPods or AirPods Pro until 2021, 9to5Mac reports.

British Airways scraps its all-business-class service between London City Airport and New York 

British Airways permanently grounds its unique all-business-class service between London City Airport and New York

  • The transatlantic service was operated on a specially adapted Airbus A318 
  • The aircraft only had 32 seats – and they could all be converted into 6ft flat beds 
  • BA says the service has been scrapped as a result of the coronavirus pandemic  

British Airways has scrapped its luxury all-business-class service between London City Airport and New York’s JFK.

It was launched in 2009 and was operated using bespoke Airbus A318s that had 32 seats – all of which could be converted into 6ft fully flat beds.

Passengers were also treated to a personal iPad for watching films and TV shows, the ability to access emails and text messages and ‘gourmet dining’.

British Airways has scrapped its luxury all-business-class service between London City Airport and New York’s JFK. Pictured is the A318 cabin on the flight  

The BA service had just 32 seats, which could all be converted into 6ft fully flat beds

The BA service had just 32 seats, which could all be converted into 6ft fully flat beds

The flights operated under the prestigious BA001 and BA002 codes, which were previously used by Concorde services.

On US-bound flights the aircraft would refuel in Shannon, Ireland, where passengers were able to clear US immigration checks.

This made passing through JFK at the other end a breeze.

Shortly after it was launched BA operated two flights a day – although this was pared back to one flight per day in 2016.

In March, at the start of the coronavirus pandemic, British Airways suspended taking new reservations for the service.

Now, a spokesperson for the airline has confirmed to MailOnline Travel: ‘As we adapt to the decrease in passenger demand as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic we can confirm that we will no longer operate our business-class-only flights from London City to New York, JFK, via Shannon.’

On westbound flights to the US, the A318, pictured, would refuel in Shannon, Ireland, where passengers could complete US immigration checks

On westbound flights to the US, the A318, pictured, would refuel in Shannon, Ireland, where passengers could complete US immigration checks 

The news comes as the airline is accused of ‘industrial thuggery’ by the leader of the Unite union, Len McCluskey, who said the carrier was wrong to believe it could ‘walk all over’ its staff.

British Airways’ owner, International Airlines Group (IAG), announced in April it would cut up to 12,000 jobs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Unite claims the company is planning to rehire remaining employees on downgraded terms and conditions if an agreement cannot be reached.

But a British Airways spokeswoman said: ‘We are acting now to protect as many jobs as possible. We call on Unite and GMB to work with us as our pilots’ union Balpa is doing. Working together we can protect more jobs as we prepare for a new future.’  

Amazon, Apple and Facebook shares soar amid pandemic

The £170bn tech boom: Bumper figures send shares in Amazon, Apple and Facebook soaring…but Google dives

  • Huge rally saw Apple shares soar to record highs of more than $412 each
  • Bonanza on Wall Street added £5.3billion to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ personal fortune

Almost £170billion was added to the value of three American tech giants yesterday just 24 hours after the US economy recorded its biggest slump in post-war history. 

Shares in Amazon, Apple and Facebook soared as investors cheered yet another set of bumper earnings figures. 

The huge rally saw Apple shares soar to record highs of more than $412 each, with the firm overtaking state-backed oil giant Saudi Aramco to become the world’s most valuable listed company, with a market capitalisation of almost £1.4trillion. 

Riches: Amazon founder Jeff Bezos with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez

At the same time, the bonanza on Wall Street added £5.3billion to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ personal fortune and more than £5billion to that of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. But shares in a fourth tech giant – Google owner Alphabet – tumbled after it posted the first drop in revenues in its 22-year history. 

The 5 per cent slide in shares saw around £18billion wiped off its value. 

However, Amazon added £46billion to its value, Apple gained £85billion and Facebook more than £37billion. 

The combined gains were worth more than the entire value of the UK’s biggest listed firm, the £120billion consumer goods group Unilever. 

Together, the four US tech titans had reported an astonishing £156billion in sales for the three months to June 30, even as separate data showed the wider US economy had contracted by a record 9.5 per cent in the second quarter. 

It underlined the gulf in fortunes between the companies, which have benefited from the shift towards digital services during the pandemic, and more traditional businesses which have been hammered by lockdown restrictions. 

Roger McNamee, a longtime Silicon Valley investor, said: ‘The day we found out the US economy declined more than it ever has in history, these companies recorded extraordinary growth.’ Amazon is emerging as a major winner from the coronavirus crisis, with its second quarter revenues surging 40 per cent to £68billion as people stuck indoors turned to online shopping. Profits doubled to £4billion – despite the company previously saying it wasn’t expecting fireworks because of significant costs for making its warehouses ‘Covid secure’. 

The results were even better than many Wall Street analysts had predicted, with Amazon handing a one-off £382 ‘thank you’ bonus to tens of thousands of frontline staff who worked throughout June. Sales in North America rose from £29.5billion to £42.3billion during the quarter, while international sales rose from £12.5billion to £17.3billion. 

One Wall Street analyst branded the numbers ‘simply humongous’, while another said the firm’s ‘online sales hit the roof during the pandemic lockdown’. 

And the subsequent surge in Amazon’s shares helped to further enrich Bezos, 56, who is already the world’s richest man with a fortune of more than £138billion. It was also a good day for Apple, after the iPhone maker posted a rise in sales of all of its major products from MacBook laptops to iPad tablets. The company posted revenues of £45.4billion – £3billion more than analysts had predicted. Facebook, meanwhile, also beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue, as more businesses used its digital advertising tools to take advantage of a surge in internet traffic during the pandemic. 

Total revenue at the social network rose from £12.9billion to £14.2billion, beating forecasts of £13.3billion. Daily active users also averaged 1.79billion for the period, an increase of 12 per cent compared to a year previously. 

However, Alphabet sales dropped 2 per cent to £29.1billion after big advertisers cut back spending in the face of economic uncertainty

Facebook and Apple both report 11% growth during pandemic

Facebook and Apple have both posted quarterly revenue growth of 11 percent, blowing past analyst expectations and shrugging off the pandemic to prosper.

On Thursday, both tech giants reported results for recently ended quarter, with Facebook saying it made a profit of $5.2 billion on $18.7 billion in revenue, as the number of people using the platform monthly rose to 2.7 billion.

It came despite a punishing ad boycott that has seen giant brands such as Unilever and Honda pull ads from Facebook for the rest of the year in a call for the social network to crack down on what activists call hate speech and political misinformation.

‘This was a strong quarter for us, especially compared to what we expected at the start,’ Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is seen testifying by video link before a House committee hearing on Thursday. The company reported solid earnings later in the day

Shares in the Silicon Valley-based social media giant were up six percent in after-hours trading following release of the earnings figures.

The number of people using the tech giant’s overall ‘family’ of apps including WhatsApp and Messenger each month topped three billion, according to Zuckerberg.

Zuckerberg said he could not predict when Facebook employees would return their offices, in light of surge in coronavirus cases.

‘It is incredibly disappointing because it seems like the US could have avoided this current surge in cases if our government had handled this better,’ Zuckerberg said.

Facebook expected as much as half of its employees to be working from home on a long-term basis in the next five to ten years.

Meanwhile, Apple also delivered blowout quarterly results, reporting revenue gains across every category and in every geography as consumers working and learning from home during the COVID-19 pandemic turned to its products and services.

The report topped Wall Street expectations, with even long-overshadowed categories like iPads and Macs getting a boost. Shares rose as much as 6% in extended trading after the results.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is seen in Thursday's hearing. Apple also delivered blowout quarterly results, reporting revenue gains across every category and in every geography

Apple CEO Tim Cook is seen in Thursday’s hearing. Apple also delivered blowout quarterly results, reporting revenue gains across every category and in every geography

The fiscal third-quarter results, which included iPhone sales some $4 billion above analyst expectations, came on the same day that U.S. gross domestic product collapsed at a 32.9 percent annualized rate last quarter, the nation’s worst economic performance since the Great Depression.

Apple Chief Financial Officer Luca Maestri also confirmed supply chain rumblings that the new lineup of iPhones, usually released in late September, would face delays of a few weeks.

But executives predicted continued strong performance from the company’s products.

Other major tech companies Amazon.com Inc and Facebook Inc also posted results that topped Wall Street targets, sending their shares up.

With 60 percent of sales coming from international markets, the Cupertino, California-based company posted iPhone revenues of $26.42 billion, $4 billion above analyst expectations, according to IBES data from Refinitiv.

In an interview with Reuters, CEO Tim Cook said that after disruptions in April, sales began to pick back up in May and June, helped by what he called a ‘strong’ launch for the $399 iPhone SE introduced in April.

‘I think the economic stimulus that was in place – and I’m not just focused on the U.S., but more broadly – was a help,’ Cook told Reuters.

The continued growth in services and accessories also showed the durability of the company’s brand, which has prompted investors to view it as a comparative safe haven and pushed up share prices since March.

The company saw strong sales in its greater China region, where aggressive pricing during a June holiday shopping season and lower-priced iPhone SE model released in April helped boost sales 2 percent to $9.33 billion.

‘China remains a key ingredient in Apple´s recipe for success as we estimate roughly 20 percent of iPhone upgrades will be coming from this region over the coming year,’ Daniel Ives of Wedbush Securities said in a note.

Apple also announced a 4-for-1 stock split, saying it wanted to keep shares accessible to a broad range of investors. Shares soared past $400 for the first time Thursday, though they had been proportionally higher before a 7-for-1 split in 2014.

Apple’s fiscal third-quarter revenue and profits were $59.69 billion and $2.58 per share, compared with analyst expectations of $52.25 billion and $2.04 per share.

Sales in its services segment, which also includes offerings such as iCloud and Apple Music, rose 14.8 percent to $13.16 billion, compared with and analyst expectations of $13.18 billion. Cook told Reuters that Apple has 550 million paying subscribers on its platform, up from 515 in the previous quarter.

Sales in the wearables segment that includes the Apple Watch rose 16.7 percent to $6.45 billion, compared with estimates of $6.0 billion.

Apple did not give a fiscal fourth-quarter forecast.

Apple benefited from remote work and learning trends, reporting sales in its iPad and Mac segments of $6.58 billion and $7.08 billion, which beat expectations of $4.88 billion and $6.06 billion.

‘Both had some really significant product announcements at the end of March, beginning of April,’ Cook told Reuters. ‘You combine that with the work from home and remote learning, and it’s yielded really, really strong results.’

But the global smartphone market was already stagnating before the novel coronavirus caused it to contract, and Apple has leaned heavily into growing its services business, which is where the company’s fastest revenue growth occurred during the fiscal third quarter. The biggest component of that business is the App Store, where Apple generates commissions between 15 percent and 30 percent on some sales.

On Wednesday, Cook faced questions from U.S. lawmakers about Apple’s practices related to the store, which have come under fire from independent app developers who say its rules and unpredictable approval process put them at a disadvantage against the iPhone maker.

Apple confirms iPhone 12 release date will be delayed until at least October due to COVID-19

Apple confirms iPhone 12 release date will be delayed until at least October after coronavirus lockdowns disrupt the global supply chain

  • Confirmation of the delays came from Apple’s latest quarterly earnings call
  • Disruption from COVID-19 means that the new line will miss the usual launch slot
  • Announcement of the delay follows similar rumours circulating online this week
  • Despite the pandemic’s impact, Apple is reporting that sales are up on last year

Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date will be delayed until at least October after coronavirus lockdowns caused disruption to the global supply chain. 

The announcement means that the new product line will miss the tech firm’s customary September launch window.

Confirmation of the delay followed rumours circulated by tech leaker John Prosser earlier this week that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October.

Apple has confirmed that the iPhone 12 release date will be delayed until at least October after coronavirus lockdowns disrupt the global supply chain. Pictured, artist’s renders of the iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max models released earlier this year, as based on ‘known information’

Confirmation of the delay followed rumours circulated by tech leaker John Prosser earlier this week that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October, as pictured

Confirmation of the delay followed rumours circulated by tech leaker John Prosser earlier this week that new iPhones and iPads would be released in October, as pictured

The delay to the iPhone 12 release was announced during Apple’s latest earnings call, in which the company announced positive news for the third quarter this year. 

Despite the impact of the coronavirus pandemic — which has seen supply chains severely disrupted — iPhone sales are reportedly up by 2 per cent from last year, a boost which Apple attributes to the iPhone SE 2020 model, TechRadar reported.

The firm has also confirmed that iPad and Mac sales have experienced double-digit growth in spite of the impact of COVID-19.

‘We believe we are going to have a strong back-to-school season,’ Apple CEO Tim Cook said on the conference call, Axios reported.

The present global health crisis also means that Apple will not be placing earnings targets, again, for the fourth quarter of 2020.

According to Mr Prosser, Apple may also unveil new iPad models — including the standard model, the Air and the Mini — alongside the updated iPhone at the delayed launch event in October.

It has previously been suggested that Apple will issue four versions of the iPhone this year — the 12, 12 Max, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max, with screen sizes of 5.4, 6.1, 6.1 and 6.7 inches, respectively.

According to Yuanta Investment Consulting analyst Jeff Pu, prices for the iPhone 12 will likely start at £593 ($749) — somewhat higher than the iPhone 11’s initial sales price of £554 ($699) — the Metro reported.

The Apple iPhone 12 is hotly anticipated and will support 5G wireless technology. Pictured, the front of a putative iPhone cast of the kind used to design third-party cases

The Apple iPhone 12 is hotly anticipated and will support 5G wireless technology. Pictured, the rear of a putative iPhone 12 cast of the kind used to design third-party cases

The Apple iPhone 12 is hotly anticipated and will support 5G technology. Pictured, the front (left) and rear (right) of a putative iPhone 12 cast of the kind used to design third-party cases

The Apple iPhone 12 is hotly anticipated and will support 5G wireless technology. 

In locations where the necessary infrastructure is already established, these 5G enabled handsets will offer superior download speeds. 

The development will see Apple catch up to its Android-based rivals, whose latest offerings have all featured 5G capable handsets.

These include the OnePlus 8 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S20 and the soon-to-be-released Galaxy Note 20.

Rumours have also circulated online that, with the iPhone 12, Apple may cease bundling matching headphones and a charging adaptor with handset sales.

iPHONE 12 RUMOURS 

Respected leaker Jon Prosser revealed schematics of a drastically reduced camera 'notch' on the front, expected for the iPhone 12

Respected leaker Jon Prosser revealed schematics of a drastically reduced camera ‘notch’ on the front, expected for the iPhone 12

A pair of leaked schematics suggest that Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 will fall just short of eliminating a camera ‘notch’ on the phone’s display.

The pictures, posted on Twitter by frequent phone leaker Jon Prosser, show what appear to be official Apple schematics for its next flagship iPhone – specifically a drastically reduced ‘notch’ that stores the device’s front-facing camera components.

According to the schematics the microphone will be moved to the top of the device’s display in order to compress the size of the camera notch.

Citing ‘people familiar with the plans,’ the report notes that Apple is set to release four new smartphones this year, according to The Wall Street Journal.

The devices will come in three different sizes, one will be 5.4 inches, two at 6.1 inches and another model is 6.7 inches – some of the handsets will support 5G.  

Apple’s iPhone 12 could also be completely wireless, meaning users will not receive a free pair of earbuds and be forced to purchase the firm’s $159 AirPods.

The news was revealed by well-known Apple product predictor Ming-Chi Kuo, who believes the tech giant may offer promotions or discounts on the AirPods this holiday season.

Kuo also noted that Apple is not expected to release new models of AirPods or AirPods Pro until 2021, 9to5Mac reports.

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google add $250billion to their combined market value

America’s top four tech giants added a combined market value of $250billion on Thursday as they reported astonishing quarterly earnings just hours after their leaders were grilled in a congressional hearing about the alleged abuse of their global dominance.   

Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc and Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc – which together account for nearly a fifth of the S&P 500’s total value – each posted profits or revenue that far exceeded analysts’ expectations and caused their shares to soar even higher than they were already. 

With combined sales of $200billion from April to June, the companies proved that they are not only surviving but thriving amid shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic that have caused crushing losses over nearly all sectors of the US economy. 

It marked the first time that Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook have all posted their quarterly results at the same time – one day after each of their chief executives testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee. 

At several points during Wednesday’s hearing the executives – Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – struggled to defend themselves against scathing criticisms of their monopoly-like power and accusations of widespread anti-competitive practices from both sides of the aisle. 

After the financial reports came out hours later, many analysts agreed that the firms were smart to delay their release until after the hearing. 

America’s top four tech giants – Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet added $250billion to their combined market value on Thursday

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

Google's Sundar Pichai

The companies posted their financial reports for last quarter a day after each of their CEOs testified before Congress on Wednesday. Pictured clockwise from top left: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

‘I will tell you this, it’s good that these tech giants did their hearings yesterday and not tomorrow given all these results,’ Wedbush analyst Dan Ives told Bloomberg. 

Amazon won the day as it posted a record quarter with $88.9billion in sales – causing its stocks to climb up to six percent in after-hours trading.  

The e-commerce giant’s earnings per share (EPS) of $10.30 obliterated an estimate of $1.50 per share.  

The firm’s Amazon Web Service subsidiary posted gains of 29 percent with $10.81billion revenue but still fell short of growth projections, which predicted revenue of $11.01billion.  

Apple raked in $59.7billion in revenue in its third quarter, far surpassing the $52.3billion expected by analysts, with an EPS of $2.58, compared to the expected $2.07 EPS. 

The company’s stock climbed five percent in after-hours trading, passing $400-per-share for the first time.  

Amazon won the day as it posted a record quarter with $88.9billion in sales - causing its stocks to climb up to six percent in after-hours trading (file photo)

Amazon won the day as it posted a record quarter with $88.9billion in sales – causing its stocks to climb up to six percent in after-hours trading (file photo)

Apple raked in $59.7billion in revenue in its third quarter, far surpassing the $52.3billion expected by analysts (file photo)

Apple raked in $59.7billion in revenue in its third quarter, far surpassing the $52.3billion expected by analysts (file photo)

Facebook posted $18.69billion in revenue, up 11 percent from last year and above the $17.31billion expected revenue. 

The social media giant’s EPS came in at $1.80, compared with an estimate of $1.39. 

It also crushed expectations for daily and monthly active users with 1.79 billion and 2.7 billion respectively – a 12 percent increase from last year.   

Facebook’s stock jumped eight percent as a result of the second-quarter gains.  

Alphabet reported revenue of $31.6billion in the second quarter, marking the first time its reported an annual decline with a two percent drop year-over-year. 

However, the revenue and EPS of $10.13 still exceeded analysts’ estimates of $30.5billion and $8.27, respectively, and stocks remained steady in after-hours trading. 

Facebook posted $18.69billion in revenue, up 11 percent from last year and above the $17.31billion expected revenue (file photo)

Facebook posted $18.69billion in revenue, up 11 percent from last year and above the $17.31billion expected revenue (file photo)

Google's parent company Alphabet reported revenue of $31.6billion in the second quarter, exceeding analysts' estimates of $30.5billion (file photo)

Google’s parent company Alphabet reported revenue of $31.6billion in the second quarter, exceeding analysts’ estimates of $30.5billion (file photo)

Overall an index of all four companies’ stocks – dubbed FANG – is up 34 percent in 2020, while the average S&P 500 stock is still down seven percent.  

The stock rallies on Thursday likely helped to brighten the moods of the Big Four CEOs, who are licking their wounds after having been repeatedly ripped as copycats, liars, bullies, drug dealers and traitors when they appeared in front of the Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee for five hours the day before. 

Pichai and Zuckerberg took particularly sharp jabs from Democrats and Republicans who say Google and Facebook have crippled smaller rivals in the quest for market share – while Bezos was interrogated over Amazon’s treatment of small merchants who use its online marketplace. 

In one of the most damaging moments, lawmakers unveiled Zuckerberg’s internal emails boasting about buying competitors, saying Instagram was a threat as he plotted to purchase it, and talking about a ‘land grab’ on other competition.

Democratic Representative Joe Neguse bluntly told Zuckerberg he was running a monopoly in the tech marketplace as he read from the emails.

‘You did tell one of Facebook’s senior engineers in 2012 that you can, quote ‘Likely just buy any competitive start up, but it will be a while until we can buy Google.’ Do you recall writing that?’ Neguse asked of the Facebook co-founder.

‘Congressman, I don’t specifically, but it sounds like a joke,’ Zuckerberg said. 

On a call with investors Thursday, Zuckerberg shared frustration with demands for aggressive regulation, saying he was ‘troubled’ by calls to ‘go after’ targeted advertising online.

‘This would reduce opportunities for small businesses so much that it would probably be felt at a macroeconomic level,’ he said. ‘Is that really what policymakers want in the middle of a pandemic in recession?’

Zuckerberg also decried the July advertising boycott, which sought to pressure Facebook to take more action against hate speech.

He pushed back against the claims of the boycotters, saying there was a gulf between ‘how the vast majority of people actually experience our services and the impression you get if you’re just reading much of the commentary about Facebook’.

The company appeared unscathed by the campaign, which drew the support of major advertisers including Unilever, Starbucks Corp and Coca-Cola Co. 

Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google add $250billion to their combined market value

America’s top four tech giants added a combined market value of $250billion on Thursday as they reported astonishing quarterly earnings just hours after their leaders were grilled in a congressional hearing about the alleged abuse of their global dominance.   

Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc, Facebook Inc and Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc – which together account for nearly a fifth of the S&P 500’s total value – each posted profits or revenue that far exceeded analysts’ expectations and caused their shares to soar even higher than they were already. 

With combined sales of $200billion from April to June, the companies proved that they are not only surviving but thriving amid shutdowns from the coronavirus pandemic that have caused crushing losses over nearly all sectors of the US economy. 

It marked the first time that Apple, Amazon, Alphabet and Facebook have all posted their quarterly results at the same time – one day after each of their chief executives testified before members of the House Judiciary Committee. 

At several points during Wednesday’s hearing the executives – Apple’s Tim Cook, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Alphabet’s Sundar Pichai and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – struggled to defend themselves against scathing criticisms of their monopoly-like power and accusations of widespread anti-competitive practices from both sides of the aisle. 

After the financial reports came out hours later, many analysts agreed that the firms were smart to delay their release until after the hearing. 

America’s top four tech giants – Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google parent company Alphabet added $250billion to their combined market value on Thursday

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

Google's Sundar Pichai

The companies posted their financial reports for last quarter a day after each of their CEOs testified before Congress on Wednesday. Pictured clockwise from top left: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, Google’s Sundar Pichai and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

‘I will tell you this, it’s good that these tech giants did their hearings yesterday and not tomorrow given all these results,’ Wedbush analyst Dan Ives told Bloomberg. 

Amazon won the day as it posted a record quarter with $88.9billion in sales – causing its stocks to climb up to six percent in after-hours trading.  

The e-commerce giant’s earnings per share (EPS) of $10.30 obliterated an estimate of $1.50 per share.  

The firm’s Amazon Web Service subsidiary posted gains of 29 percent with $10.81billion revenue but still fell short of growth projections, which predicted revenue of $11.01billion.  

Apple raked in $59.7billion in revenue in its third quarter, far surpassing the $52.3billion expected by analysts, with an EPS of $2.58, compared to the expected $2.07 EPS. 

The company’s stock climbed five percent in after-hours trading, passing $400-per-share for the first time.  

Amazon won the day as it posted a record quarter with $88.9billion in sales - causing its stocks to climb up to six percent in after-hours trading (file photo)

Amazon won the day as it posted a record quarter with $88.9billion in sales – causing its stocks to climb up to six percent in after-hours trading (file photo)

Apple raked in $59.7billion in revenue in its third quarter, far surpassing the $52.3billion expected by analysts (file photo)

Apple raked in $59.7billion in revenue in its third quarter, far surpassing the $52.3billion expected by analysts (file photo)

Facebook posted $18.69billion in revenue, up 11 percent from last year and above the $17.31billion expected revenue. 

The social media giant’s EPS came in at $1.80, compared with an estimate of $1.39. 

It also crushed expectations for daily and monthly active users with 1.79 billion and 2.7 billion respectively – a 12 percent increase from last year.   

Facebook’s stock jumped eight percent as a result of the second-quarter gains.  

Alphabet reported revenue of $31.6billion in the second quarter, marking the first time its reported an annual decline with a two percent drop year-over-year. 

However, the revenue and EPS of $10.13 still exceeded analysts’ estimates of $30.5billion and $8.27, respectively, and stocks remained steady in after-hours trading. 

Facebook posted $18.69billion in revenue, up 11 percent from last year and above the $17.31billion expected revenue (file photo)

Facebook posted $18.69billion in revenue, up 11 percent from last year and above the $17.31billion expected revenue (file photo)

Google's parent company Alphabet reported revenue of $31.6billion in the second quarter, exceeding analysts' estimates of $30.5billion (file photo)

Google’s parent company Alphabet reported revenue of $31.6billion in the second quarter, exceeding analysts’ estimates of $30.5billion (file photo)

Overall an index of all four companies’ stocks – dubbed FANG – is up 34 percent in 2020, while the average S&P 500 stock is still down seven percent.  

The stock rallies on Thursday likely helped to brighten the moods of the Big Four CEOs, who are licking their wounds after having been repeatedly ripped as copycats, liars, bullies, drug dealers and traitors when they appeared in front of the Antitrust, Commercial, and Administrative Law Subcommittee for five hours the day before. 

Pichai and Zuckerberg took particularly sharp jabs from Democrats and Republicans who say Google and Facebook have crippled smaller rivals in the quest for market share – while Bezos was interrogated over Amazon’s treatment of small merchants who use its online marketplace. 

In one of the most damaging moments, lawmakers unveiled Zuckerberg’s internal emails boasting about buying competitors, saying Instagram was a threat as he plotted to purchase it, and talking about a ‘land grab’ on other competition.

Democratic Representative Joe Neguse bluntly told Zuckerberg he was running a monopoly in the tech marketplace as he read from the emails.

‘You did tell one of Facebook’s senior engineers in 2012 that you can, quote ‘Likely just buy any competitive start up, but it will be a while until we can buy Google.’ Do you recall writing that?’ Neguse asked of the Facebook co-founder.

‘Congressman, I don’t specifically, but it sounds like a joke,’ Zuckerberg said. 

On a call with investors Thursday, Zuckerberg shared frustration with demands for aggressive regulation, saying he was ‘troubled’ by calls to ‘go after’ targeted advertising online.

‘This would reduce opportunities for small businesses so much that it would probably be felt at a macroeconomic level,’ he said. ‘Is that really what policymakers want in the middle of a pandemic in recession?’

Zuckerberg also decried the July advertising boycott, which sought to pressure Facebook to take more action against hate speech.

He pushed back against the claims of the boycotters, saying there was a gulf between ‘how the vast majority of people actually experience our services and the impression you get if you’re just reading much of the commentary about Facebook’.

The company appeared unscathed by the campaign, which drew the support of major advertisers including Unilever, Starbucks Corp and Coca-Cola Co. 

Apple unveils ‘bone conduction headphones’ concept

Apple has patented a design for bone conduction headphones that send vibrations through a user’s skull.

The patent, filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office, features concept drawings for headphones that strap around the back of the head. 

Bone conduction is the transfer of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull, bypassing the ear canal.  

Apple’s patent, first reported by Apple Insider, would provide audio in environments where sound waves can’t travel through the air, such as underwater. 

The design combines a bone conduction component, which delivers sound through vibrations via the bone, with a component that provides normal air-based sound transmission as per standard earphones. 

The bone conduction component or ‘transducer’, which would strap in front of the ear, would direct vibrations to the cochlea in the ear, which sends electrical signals to the brain.  

One of the concept drawings from Apple’s patent. The product would combine a bone conduction component with a conventional air conduction component that provides normal air-based sound transmission

‘An apparatus for delivering audio signals to a user includes an air-conduction transducer and a bone-conduction transducer,’ the patent reads. 

‘The air-conduction transducer is configured to convert a component of the audio signals to air vibrations detectable by an ear of the user.

‘The bone conduction transducer is configured to convert another component of the audio signals to vibrations in a cranial bone of the user via direct contact with the user.’  

Apple would not be the first to enter the bone conduction headphone market if this patent develops into a commercially-available product.

One of the criticisms of bone conduction headphones is the sound quality doesn’t compare with conventional earphones at high frequencies 

However, these issues could be mitigated through the support of standard air conduction methods, meaning Apple’s product would give consumers the best of both technologies.  

The patent shows that high frequency sounds comes through the traditional air conduction component, while low and mid frequencies would go through bone conduction. 

The air conduction component is designed so it doesn’t block the ear canal from other audio sources, meaning it would still allow the user to hear noise from the surrounding environment. 

The bone conduction transducer directs sound vibrations towards the cochlea in the air, which is vital to send electrical signals to the brain

The bone conduction transducer directs sound vibrations towards the cochlea in the air, which is vital to send electrical signals to the brain

Bone conduction headphones are already available through vendors such as Vidonn and Yamipho and are popular with users of public transport, as they barely leak noise at all. 

The technology also allows runners to still hear the outside world – including ‘warning signals’ such as the screech of brakes – but hear music as well. 

Bone conduction headphones generally ‘sit’ outside the ear, attached around the back of the head, so they don’t tend to be damaged by sweat or fall out of the ear while running. 

Special forces and police departments often use the technology, which allows headphones to operate without ‘leaking’ sound.

They also benefit hearing-impaired people who have damaged eardrums. 

Some hearing aids also use bone conduction technology to achieve an effect equivalent to hearing directly through the ears. 

Bone conduction is the transfer of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull, bypassing the ear canal. Since bone conduction does not use the eardrums, people with hearing difficulties would be able to hear clearly again with bone conduction, provided that their cochlea is in healthy and normal condition

Bone conduction is the transfer of sound to the inner ear through the bones of the skull, bypassing the ear canal. Since bone conduction does not use the eardrums, people with hearing difficulties would be able to hear clearly again with bone conduction, provided that their cochlea is in healthy and normal condition

When Beethoven went deaf, he discovered he could still ‘hear’ his piano by biting on a metal rod attached to it, which transmitted vibrations.

Bone conduction headphones use a similar concept.  

When we hear, sound waves enter the outer ear and travel through a narrow passageway called the ear canal, which leads to the eardrum. 

The eardrum vibrates from the incoming sound waves and sends these vibrations to three tiny bones in the middle ear. 

The bones in the middle ear amplify, or increase, the sound vibrations and send them to the cochlea, a snail-shaped, fluid-filled structure in the inner ear. 

Yamipho bone conduction headphones. Apple would not be the first to enter the bone conduction headphone market if this patent develops into a commercially-available product

Yamipho bone conduction headphones. Apple would not be the first to enter the bone conduction headphone market if this patent develops into a commercially-available product

This stimulates the hair cells in the cochlea which create an electrical signal that our brain interprets as sound.

For conventional headphones to work, all different parts of a person’s ear need to be in a healthy, working condition. 

If they’re not, bone conduction technology offers an alternative.  

For people with a damaged ear drum for example, bone conduction headphones essentially bypass the ear canal and ear drums and send vibrations straight to the bones in the middle ear.         

Since bone conduction does not require eardrums, people with hearing difficulties would be able to hear clearly again with bone conduction, provided that their cochlea is in healthy condition.               

HOW DOES BONE CONDUCTING WORK?

In bone conduction listening, the bone conduction devices (such as headphones) perform the role of your eardrums. 

These devices decode sound waves and convert them into vibrations that can be received directly by the Cochlea so the eardrum is never involved.

The ‘sound’ reach the ears as vibrations through the bones, or skull, and skin. 

How it works: 

Most sounds are heard by our eardrums. The eardrum converts the sound waves to vibrations and transmits them to the cochlea (or inner ear). 

However in some cases vibrations are heard directly by the inner ear bypassing your eardrums. 

In fact, this is one of the ways you hear your own voice. This is also how whales hear.

Ludwig van Beethoven, the famous 18th century composer who was almost completely deaf, discovered Bone Conduction. 

Beethoven found a way to hear the sound of the piano through his jawbone by attaching a rod to his piano and clenching it in his teeth. 

He received perception of the sound when vibrations transfer from the piano to his jaw. 

This has proven that sound could reach our auditory system through another medium besides eardrums and the other medium is our bones.

Since bone conduction does not use the eardrums, people with hearing difficulties would be able to hear clearly again with bone conduction, provided that their cochlea is in healthy and normal condition. 

Are these the new Apple Glasses? Designer shares concept video of the tech giant’s smart specs


Apple has long been rumored to be developing augmented reality smart specs to pair with its first-ever 5G iPhone and a concept video shows what the futuristic headset might look like. 

A designer created his vision of Apple Glasses that are showed in a black frame around a long, clear lens, which displays an interface on the inside that is only visible to the wearer.

Users can touch the virtual screen to open apps, surf the web, swipe through picture or any other tasks possible on an iPhone.

Although the video is just a concept, other leaks about Apple Glasses have suggested that the technology could be announced as soon as next year.

Apple has long been rumored to be developing augmented reality smart specs to pair with its first-ever 5G iPhone and a concept video shows what the futuristic headset might look like

The stunning Apple Glasses concept was created by designer Iskander Utebayev, who shared the video on Instagram, as first reported on by The Sun.

‘Just imagine. Sun mode transforms regular glasses into sunglasses also you can blur background environment to focus on the interface,’ Utebayev shared in the post with the video.

The short clip displays shows the glasses if viewers had them on their face.

When you put the glasses on, the interface is activated and displays an iPhone screen on the lens, and there is also a virtual keyboard that appears.

A designer created his vision of Apple Glasses that are showed in a black frame around a long, clear lens, which displays an interface on the inside that is only visible to the wearer

A designer created his vision of Apple Glasses that are showed in a black frame around a long, clear lens, which displays an interface on the inside that is only visible to the wearer

The short clip displays shows the glasses if viewers had them on their face. When you put the glasses on, the interface is activated and displays an iPhone screen on the lens, and there is also a virtual keyboard that appears

The short clip displays shows the glasses if viewers had them on their face. When you put the glasses on, the interface is activated and displays an iPhone screen on the lens, and there is also a virtual keyboard that appears

Apple has long been said to be secretly working on its own smart glasses system and the lasted news about the technology surfaced in May.

Leaker and technology analyst Jon Prosser said he saw two prototypes of the Apple Glasses at the company’s premises – one white and one black.

Both models, which are described as ‘clean’ and ‘slick’ in appearance, will be 5G-compatible, he said.

‘It’s really cool. From the front end, if you’re looking at someone that’s wearing Apple Glasses, and it’s displaying something on the screen, you can’t see it,’ Prosser told the technology podcast Gadget Cast.

‘They look like glasses – they don’t look like heavy machinery on your face, almost exactly what you would expect from Apple.’

Apple Glasses will have its own operating system called ‘Starboard’ according to Prosser, who is described as an Apple leaker ‘with sources throughout the company and supply chain’ by Apple Insider.

Either an iPhone or Apple Watch will be needed to set up a pair of Apple Glasses and also help extract sensor data.

Apple Glasses will have sensors in them, but just for more accurate calibration between CGI and the real world.

They will be able to take advantage of sensors in Apple Watch and iPhone, but will still work without either in close proximity, according to Prosser.

Apple Glasses are not sunglasses – meaning they could be marketed specifically towards glasses-wearers unless they come in a version with clear glass instead of prescription lenses.

The idea behind this is that they will act as a back-up device that people are less likely to forget when they leave their house, either as a style accessory or, more vitally, to be able to see.

Although the video is just a concept, other leaks about Apple Glasses have suggested that the technology could be announced as soon as next year

Although the video is just a concept, other leaks about Apple Glasses have suggested that the technology could be announced as soon as next year

The tech giant has long been rumored to be developing its own pair of smart glasses, following the lead of products such as Microsoft Hololens 2 and Snapchat’s line of ‘Spectacles’.

But making Apple Glasses look more like normal glasses instead of a clunky headset could make them more appealing to the consumer market.

Apple is planning to announce the new specs at an event in March or June 2021, Prosser claims.

This would follow the launch of the company’s first 5G iPhone, the iPhone 12, which is expected to be revealed this October.