2018 may not turn out to be the year Apple had hoped for, and why the iPhone 10 could be coming back from the dead.
We're back after a little break with a brand new batch of Apple news and rumors on the Apple Core.
To say that Apple's had a rough start to the holidays would be an understatement.
There's been talk of production cuts on the new iPhones.
Weaker than expected demands and a looming tariff threat.
Now, before we even begin to go down that road, let me make a couple things clear.
First off, it seems like every year we love to spell doom for Apple.
But regardless of the headlines Apple will still sell a lot of iPhone's, and they're actually going to make a lot of money off these iPhone's because now they cost more, but sales have failed to meet analysts expectations, so this, in turn, has apparently forced Apple to cut back on production orders for the iPhone 10R, 10S, and 10S Max.
This in turn has 4 suppliers to cut costs.
According to a Bloomberg report, Foxconn, Apple's main Iphone supplier is expecting to cut nearly 3 billion dollars from its expenses for 2019.
Now that's almost half of their yearly expenses.
And this is not the first time Apple has had to cut production orders, at least according to the rumors.
It's not just Foxcon that's affected.
Camera lens supplier Largon Precision along with other suppliers expect to see revenue dips based on the slow demand according to a DigiTimes report.
And then there's the tariff issue.
As the trade war with China heats up, President Donald Trump has threatened to impose a 10% tariff on iPhones and MacBooks imported from this country.
And while it may just be a negotiation tactic, if it were actually to become a reality it could cost Apple over a billion dollars in earnings.
[SOUND] Until that happens there is a silver lining for consumers in all this.
Better deals on Apple devices.
In what seems to be an attempt to boost demand for its newer iPhone lineup, Apple is currently giving up to $100 more in trade credit for older models.
Now this only applies If you happen to be upgrading to the iPhone XR, XS, or XS Plus and who knows how long it'll last, but hey it's a deal from Apple nonetheless and those don't come very often.
Apple is also apparently lowering the price Price of the new iPhone XR in Japan which is not common for new devices.
Users who sign on to a 24 month contract with NTT DoCoMo, Japan's largest carrier could save up to a $100 on On the cheaper iPhone model.
Now, the same Wall Street Journal report also states that Apple has been forced to resurrect production of the iPhone X. This, to make up for the unused OLED panels that it had already committed to buying from Samsung, for the newer iPhone XS and XS Plus models.
Now, with production cuts to those newer models, it's having to make more of last year's iPhone X to fill in the gap.
Does this mean Apple is gonna resurrect the iPhone X on the Apple Store?
And how much would that cost?
We'll have to get back to you on that one.
But now, let's move on to a little bit of good news about the iPhone.
Thanks to a new Intel chip.
iPhones could be getting 5 support sooner than we had expected.
Now early rumors suggested that Apple would be slow to the punch on 5g support for it's iPhones.
This after other phone manufacturers have already started implementing it into their designs.
Now Intel though just announced the new XMM8160 chip that can support speeds of up to six times faster than the latest LTE models available today.
Now it may be a bit late to put it into the 2019 IPhones, but definitely a possibility for early 2020.
Which at this point is almost a year away, and that's kind of insane.
[SOUND] We're gonna end on a high note, with the Apple Watch.
Finally getting Spotify support to all users.
Now, let's taper down expectations a little bit, you're only gonna be getting the basic playback controls such as play, pause, back, forward, rewind, ability to collect your favorites and replay recent tracks.
But it's promising.
It's a promising start at least.
And as for the future of the Apple watch, we might be getting a camera.
Apple filed for a patent for 2 cameras on the apple watch band which could be used for photos, videos and facetime.
Now it's long been rumored that Apple would support face time calls on the Apple Watch but we weren't quite sure what that would look like.
Whether, that would be a camera on the watch itself or on the band, as the patent suggests.
And now thanks to the patent, we're getting a clear picture.
That's all I have for this week's show but we're just weeks away until.
Until the end of the year, which is kind of crazy.
And I want to start collecting your 2019 Apple wish list.
Now, this can include anything from products, services, software updates, the sky is the limit.
You know the drill.
Just leave your answers on the comment section below, or hit me up on Twitter.
And of course, come back next week for more Apple Core.