Apple’s lineup of original TV shows could begin rolling out as early as next March

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Apple Original TV Shows

Apple is making TV shows of its own, that much we’ve known for quite a while now. But don’t expect any of Apple’s original creations to hit Apple Music (or is it iTunes?) anytime soon. A new report says that Apple is working on no less than 12 different titles, but they won’t launch earlier than March 2019.

Meanwhile, competitors such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and HBO will be busy releasing new shows this year, with Netflix likely to have the most number of original shows of the bunch. After all, Netflix is spending $ 8 billion on original programming this year alone, and introduces dozens of new shows every month.

If you think Apple’s late start is the only bad news coming out from The New York Times, then get some popcorn.

Apparently, Apple’s strategy for original programming has been to keep “its bright, optimistic brand identity.” That means Apple might not pursue “dark” projects, or projects that are “heavy on the social issues.”

In fact, Apple has already parted ways with Bryan Fuller, who was supposed to serve as executive producer on Steven Spielberg’s revamped Amazing Stories show. That’s because Amblin Television, Apple, and Universal Television viewed his vision for the series as “too dark” and too expensive. Seven weeks after his departure, he hasn’t been replaced. What’s clear is that Apple isn’t in a hurry to launch TV shows that people really want to watch — after all, Planet of the Apps and Carpool Karaoke aren’t exactly must-watch television.

Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston will star in a show about morning talk show hosts. The series was purchased four months ago, but it still doesn’t have a script. A first draft will arrive this week.

Finally, there’s one other mildly disturbing detail in the Times’ piece. Apple apparently doesn’t plan to follow Netflix’s high-volume strategy. I’m all for quality vs. quantity, but Netflix has been able to achieve both.

Apple certainly has the budget to go against Netflix or anyone else, and has hired two former Sony execs who made their names with shows like Breaking Bad while at Sony — that’s Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. But how competitive can an Apple streaming service be with just a few shows ready to roll out in 2019?

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Fall 2018 iPhone lineup production expected to begin in June quarter

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Apple could begin trial production of its 2018 iPhones as soon as next quarter, seeking to avoid the production problems with TrueDepth cameras thought to have pushed the iPhone X’s launch into last November, a report claimed on Thursday.
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Apple Likely to Buy 270 Million Display Panels for 2018 iPhone Lineup

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Apple plans to order between 250 and 270 million display panels for its iPhone lineup this year, according to sources within Taiwan’s panel industry. Around half that number will consist of OLED panels, to be shared among current-model iPhone X orders, a second-generation model, and a larger 6.5-inch iPhone, according to DigiTimes.

Apple’s purchases of OLED panels in 2018 will reach 110-130 million units, including 70-80 million 5.9-inch units for the current iPhone X and an upgraded version of the same size. The remaining will be 40-50 million 6.5-inch OLED panels for the production of a less expensive model, said the sources.

Given the wording in the above quote from today’s DigiTimes article, the “5.9-inch” reference could be overlooked as a typo, but claiming the 6.5-inch OLED panels are for a “less expensive model” seems off the mark.

Several reliable sources claim Apple is readying a second-generation version of the iPhone X with the same 5.8-inch OLED display, along with a larger “Plus” size with a 6.5-inch display. Design wise, both the 5.8-inch iPhone and 6.5-inch iPhone coming in 2018 are expected to look similar to the current iPhone X, with an edge-to-edge display and notch for the TrueDepth camera, glass bodies for wireless charging support, and dual-lens rear cameras.

Along with these two OLED iPhones, which will likely be just as expensive as the current iPhone X, Apple is however said to be planning to introduce a new, more affordable 6.1-inch iPhone with an LCD display, according to reports.

DigiTimes claims 60 to 70 million Low-Temperature PolySilicon (LTPS) LCD panels have been earmarked for this device, and around the same number in 4-inch, 4.7-inch, and 5.5-inch sizes are destined for new iPhone 8, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7 devices this year. Other reports claim Apple could use a Full Active LCD display for an upcoming 6.1-inch device, which could match or exceed some of the benefits of OLED.

Otherwise, today’s report reiterates previous OLED supplier rumors for 2018. Apple is said to be sourcing the majority of its OLED displays for the 2018 iPhone lineup from Samsung, but LG Display seeks to become the second-largest supplier in the second half of this year, perhaps providing displays for the 6.5-inch OLED iPhone. Lastly, DigiTimes‘ sources claim Sharp and Japan Display could become Apple’s main suppliers of LCD panels, rather than shoring up extra OLED supplies, as previous report claimed.

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