Apple Suppliers in Japan, Taiwan and South Korea Raise Forecasts Ahead of Expected New iPhone Launch
Preparations for the rollout of Apple Inc. ‘s latest iPhones are rippling through Asian economies, boosting revenues at component makers and helping underpin electronics exports from some nations.
The Cupertino, Calif., company is asking suppliers to manufacture up to 80 million units, about a third higher than initial orders last year for the iPhone 5S and 5C, according to people familiar with the matter. Apple is expected to launch two larger iPhone models in the fall and has been sourcing parts from across Asia ahead of the start of production in August, they say.
“Apple picking” discouraged by antitheft technology
Thefts of iPhones have dipped in some cities, and authorities say a “kill switch” anti-theft feature is to thank.
In New York, San Francisco and London, police are reporting a drop in iPhone thefts. In New York, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman attributed the drop to the kill switch Apple launched in September, the New York Times reports. Apple product thefts in New York dropped 19% in the first five months of 2014, while iPhone thefts dropped 38% in San Francisco and 24% in London, between the six months before and after Apple installed the technology, which is called Activation Lock.
Compared with iPhones, today’s Android devices never looked so good or so exciting.
I’ve written about and reviewed mobile phones for almost a decade and a half. Everything from flip phones, to BlackBerrys, to today’s hottest Android models, and yes, Apple iPhones, have passed through my hands. That experience is why, more than anything, I’ve ultimately settled on Google Android as my smartphone platform of choice.