New Report Claims iPhone SE 2 to Debut for $600+ at WWDC

Apple is widely rumored to be working on a successor for its popular iPhone SE device. And today, a supply chain report might shed a bit more light on what that so-called iPhone SE 2 could look like.

The report comes from Chinese news site QQ.com and cites sources who are extremely close to Apple’s supply chain in Asia. And while the QQ.com report lines up with rumors that have been circulating since last August, the publication’s sources have revealed new possible details about the device. The report was first spotted by Italian outlet KeyforWeb.It.

New iPhone SE 2 Rumors

Specifications

For one, the iPhone SE 2 is expected to be a thoroughly mid-range device. That means it won’t adopt some of the higher-end features of the iPhone X. Rather, the second-generation iPhone will appear similar to the current iPhone SE, complete with top and bottom bezels, a Home button, and a metal back construction.

That means no gesture-based controls, no wireless charging, and likely no Face ID. QQ.com corroborated the fact that the iPhone SE 2 will likely retail Touch ID as its primary authentication method.

Interestingly, the sources also claim that the device will sport a slightly larger 4.2-inch display. While that might make the device a bit more unwieldy in the hand, Apple could slim down the bezels to pack some extra display real estate into the same form factor.

As far as its internals, the Chinese news site says that the device will pack an upgraded A10 Fusion chipset and 2GB of RAM. Two storage configurations will be available: 32GB or 128GB.

Pricing

QQ.com’s sources say that the iPhone SE 2 will retail for about 4,000 yuan when it launches. That’s roughly $ 630. Which is quite a bit more than the $ 399 mid-range price point for the current 16GB iPhone SE.

On the other hand, Apple’s devices typically retail for slightly more in other countries than they do in the U.S. The present model 16GB iPhone SE, for example, currently retails for about 2,988 yuan in China. That’s $ 470 in U.S. currency, and about a $ 70 markup over the U.S. price.

All things considered, the rumored iPhone SE 2 could still fit within Apple’s mid-range pricing (Estimates were made via Google’s currency converter.)

Release Date

The report claims that Apple will unveil the iPhone SE 2 at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

That’s not outside of the realm of possibility. Apple has unveiled iPhone devices at the event in the past — though the last time it did so was with the iPhone 4 in 2010.

Previous iPhone SE 2 Rumors

Reports about a possible second-generation iPhone SE 2 first surfaced in August 2017. Many of them claimed the device could play a central role in Apple’s “Made in India” strategy.

Notably, today’s QQ.com rumors line up extremely well with a previous spec rumor about the iPhone SE 2. Last year, India-based news site Tekz24 reported that the device could sport an A10 Fusion CPU and 2GB of RAM, and that it would come in 32GB and 128GB configurations.

Additionally, other reports corroborate the fact that the iPhone SE 2 won’t be upgraded with wireless charging or Face ID.

A June announcement date at WWDC is a possibility, and is supported by analyst forecasts. But it’s worth noting that Apple could just as likely announce the iPhone SE 2 in March — which would line up with the company’s track record for the 4-inch device.

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Thanks to the iPhone X, Apple is beating Samsung in its own backyard

iPhone X vs Galaxy S9

While Apple has successfully beaten Samsung in the worldwide flagship smartphone market for years, there’s always been one country that was impossible to crack: South Korea. Samsung is such a big part of the country — the company’s revenues make up about 17% of South Korea’s total GDP — that it’s always been difficult to imagine Apple making real headway into Samsung’s fortress.

But according to data from market research firm Strategy Analytics, that’s exactly what’s happened. In Q4 2017 last year, the quarter in which the iPhone X went on sale, Apple’s market share was up 3.3% to 28.3%, while Samsung was down a staggering 9% to record less than half the South Korean market, just 46.0%.

Samsung’s fall and Apple’s rise isn’t solely due to the iPhone X, of course. Apple opened its first store in South Korea last month, which will have made its presence more sharply felt than before, according to Business Korea:

In 2017, Samsung Electronics accounted for 56.2 percent of the Korean smartphone market, followed by Apple with 17.7 percent and LG Electronics with 17.4 percent. In 2016, Samsung Electronics recorded a 55.0-percent market share, Apple, a 15.6-percent market share and LG Electronics, a 17.0-percent market share. “Apple Store, which opened in Korea last month for the first time, is expected to have Apple’s presence felt more strongly in the Korean market,” SA said. “We predict that LG Electronics will have an uphill battle, unless the company comes up with something innovative this year.”

The report also suggests that discounted iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S models could have something to do with the turnaround:

Wireless telecom carriers significantly lowered prices of older iPhone models such as the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S with an eye toward clearing inventories, the older iPhone models that became “mid- to low-priced phones” and therefore, their sales ballooned.

A few percentage points changing in Apple’s favor in a relatively small market isn’t going to affect Apple’s immediate financial outlook one way or another. But the data is interesting because it speaks to Apple’s growing success in non-traditional markets, and it highlights how Samsung’s brand power is slipping. Not only did Apple surge in Q4 2017, but so did LG, despite not launching any significant new phones.

Those are all worrying signs for Samsung, which faces resurgent challenges from Google’s new Pixel phone division, as well as the ever-present threat of Apple. Let’s just hope the Galaxy S9 is everything that Samsung hopes it can be.

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Apple Shares Three New iPhone Photography Tutorials

Apple this afternoon updated its YouTube channel with three new tutorials designed to walk people through using various photography features on the iPhone.

The videos cover shooting an overhead photo on iPhone using the level feature, shooting in black and white, and adjusting slo-mo timing on iPhone to change the slow motion effect of a previously captured slo-mo video.




Each video is approximately 30 seconds in length and shows step-by-step instructions on using each feature, with the actual recording done on an iPhone’s display to effectively demonstrate each action.

Apple regularly shares iPhone photography tutorials in this ongoing tutorial video series to provide users with tips and tricks on using various Photos and Camera features. Like many of Apple’s tutorial videos, these new tutorials are aimed at people who aren’t particularly familiar with the feature set of the iPhone.

Apple does, however, sometimes highlight features that even some seasoned users might not be aware of or remember, so these videos are often worth the 30 seconds it takes to watch them.
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Apple Invents a Next-Gen SFF Camera Lens Attachment for iPhone

Not only does Apple continue to enhance and perfect its mobile camera technology with each iPhone and iOS update, but the burgeoning popularity of iPhone photography has, over the years, given rise to a trove of third-party accessories designed to enhance Cupertino’s already second-to-none camera tech.

While Apple doesn’t currently offer any self-branded iPhone camera accessories of its own, the company is certainly no stranger to how popular they’ve become with mobile photographers.

A new Apple patent application published earlier this week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office appears to cover what Apple ironically describes as a next-generation small format factor (SFF) camera lens attachment — an after-market accessory compatible with Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and even MacBook.

Apple’s Camera Accessory Patent

Apple’s patent application, as described by Patently Apple, quite simply talks about an accessory lens which may be “attached, mounted or held relative to the camera lens of a device such that the accessory lens directs light passing through the accessory lens to the camera lens.”

Apple’s invention, additionally, may be capable of producing “improved image quality” for iPhone cameras when using accessory lenses, given that these lenses can be used to “shrink or expand the focal length of the camera lens, or to enable closer-focusing macro capabilities.”

See (FIG. 1A), above, which illustrates Apple’s invention in its CAD-rendered form — and (FIG. 8), directly below it, which outlines the process of how Apple’s advanced SFF system works, functionally.

Will It Ever Be Released?

Sadly, the likelihood that Apple is actually working on an after market camera lens attachment like this is slim to none — though it’s definitely worth pointing out that the company is currently working on several augmented and virtual reality projects, some of which could potentially incorporate an ‘advanced camera accessory’ similar to what Apple is describing here.

Keep in mind, of course, that given this is merely a patent application, we have no real way of knowing if a product like it will ever come to market.

iPhone Camera Accessories Available Now

Apple, for better or worse, has a known penchant for patenting more than it produces. While the thought of an Apple-branded camera accessory is bound to excite iPhone fans and mobile photographers, it’s worth pointing out that the third-party mobile camera accessory market is already brimming with a number of high quality iPhone and iPad camera lens attachments.

Like this powerful, 8x Telephoto Smartphone Lens Attachment, enabling you to capture crisp images boasting up to 8x the zoom. Its simple and easy-to-use design clips onto your smartphone in just seconds, and the unit’s clever ‘twist-to-zoom’ architecture gives you quick and precise control of your  zoom level. Get it here for just $ 12.99 (74% OFF)

Those who’d prefer more options than stationary zoom will find great value in this fantastic five pack of Clip & Snap smartphone camera lens attachments. Not only are these high-quality glass lenses designed to enhance your photo’s crispness and clarity, but a variety of lenses, including a 180-degree Fish Eye, Telephoto, Wide Macro and more, ensure you’ll be equipped to capture the perfect shot no matter where the journey takes you. Get it here for just $ 17.99 (74% OFF)

If you’re trying to get extra “up-close-and-personal” with the object in your iPhone’s viewfinder, then you’ll fall in love with the Blips Macro smartphone lens kit. Powered by a dedicated iOS app, this unique lens kit includes two (Macro and Super Macro’ lenses, designed to easily attach to and detach from your iPhone. According to The Verge, this Blips lens kit is by far ‘The best way to put a microscope in your pocket.’ Get it here for just $ 24.99 (24% OFF)

Professional and novice iPhone photographers will delight in the affordable (yet capable) LimeLens Universal Smartphone Camera lens set. Consisting of a powerful 10x Macro Perspective lens; a 0.67x wide-angle dual-purpose lens; a 190° Supreme Fisheye lens, and three Limeclip attachments — this set truly contains all you’ll need to capture fantastic photos on the fly. Get it here for just $ 39.99 (59% OFF)

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