Apple is killing the charging plug on its highest-end phones by 2021, top analyst predicts

The removal of the Lightning cable, along with other differentiating updates, will boost shipments and the average selling price of the high-end iPhone models, Kuo, a top Apple analyst, wrote. Speculation has been building for several years that Apple plans to remove the Lightning cable. Apple’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models, which were announced in September, all have Lightning ports. The charger uses USB-C and requires iPhone users to buy a specific cable that goes


The removal of the Lightning cable, along with other differentiating updates, will boost shipments and the average selling price of the high-end iPhone models, Kuo, a top Apple analyst, wrote.
Speculation has been building for several years that Apple plans to remove the Lightning cable.
Apple’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models, which were announced in September, all have Lightning ports.
The charger uses USB-C and requires iPhone users to buy a specific cable that goes
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Apple is killing the charging plug on its highest-end phones by 2021, top analyst predicts

Apple could ditch the Lightning connector on the highest-end versions of the iPhone in 2021, meaning the devices will require wireless charging, according to a report on Thursday from Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF Securities.

The removal of the Lightning cable, along with other differentiating updates, will boost shipments and the average selling price of the high-end iPhone models, Kuo, a top Apple analyst, wrote. Without the connector, the top-tier iPhone would provide a “completely wireless experience,” Kuo said.

Speculation has been building for several years that Apple plans to remove the Lightning cable. As far back as 2017, Kuo predicted that Apple would discard the Lightning connector in favor of the USB Type-C connector, which is widely used across the industry.

However, Apple has continued to include Lightning ports in the latest iPhone models. Apple’s new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max models, which were announced in September, all have Lightning ports.

Apple has started to include the USB-C connector in some products. The new iPhones support Apple’s fast charger, which promises to deliver up to a 50% charge in 30 minutes. The charger uses USB-C and requires iPhone users to buy a specific cable that goes from the Lightning connector to USB-C ports.

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Here are the biggest analyst calls of the day: Apple, Facebook, Alphabet, Etsy & more

Goldman said China would be a key driver of growth for Nike. “We believe Nike is a unique asset, where a strong brand combined with a disruptive and innovative strategy are positioning the business for multi year growth, expansion in margins, and higher returns on invested capital. In this report, we present a deep dive analysis across several facets of the Nike model. In summary, we believe Nike will drive growth across geographies, categories and channels, where benefits of scale and scaled om


Goldman said China would be a key driver of growth for Nike.
“We believe Nike is a unique asset, where a strong brand combined with a disruptive and innovative strategy are positioning the business for multi year growth, expansion in margins, and higher returns on invested capital.
In this report, we present a deep dive analysis across several facets of the Nike model.
In summary, we believe Nike will drive growth across geographies, categories and channels, where benefits of scale and scaled om
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Here are the biggest analyst calls of the day: Apple, Facebook, Alphabet, Etsy & more

Goldman said China would be a key driver of growth for Nike.

“We believe Nike is a unique asset, where a strong brand combined with a disruptive and innovative strategy are positioning the business for multi year growth, expansion in margins, and higher returns on invested capital. In this report, we present a deep dive analysis across several facets of the Nike model. In summary, we believe Nike will drive growth across geographies, categories and channels, where benefits of scale and scaled omnichannel infrastructure will become key drivers of margin accretive and capital light growth. This analysis increases our confidence in the durability of growth and tailwinds for the brand going forward, and drives our forecast for a sharp acceleration in earnings growth.”


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Citi raises Apple price target on strong holiday demand for wearables like AirPods, Apple Watch

Citi raised its price target on Apple’s stock to $300 from $250, as the firm told investors it expects stronger sales and profits this holiday gift-giving season in a note titled “Why this Christmas is Different for Apple.” Apple shares rose 0.7% in premarket trading from its previous close of $261.74. Citi has a buy rating on Apple and the firm’s new price target represents a 15% climb in the stock from its current levels. “We believe consensus is underappreciating the Apple Watch and Apple Air


Citi raised its price target on Apple’s stock to $300 from $250, as the firm told investors it expects stronger sales and profits this holiday gift-giving season in a note titled “Why this Christmas is Different for Apple.”
Apple shares rose 0.7% in premarket trading from its previous close of $261.74.
Citi has a buy rating on Apple and the firm’s new price target represents a 15% climb in the stock from its current levels.
“We believe consensus is underappreciating the Apple Watch and Apple Air
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Citi raises Apple price target on strong holiday demand for wearables like AirPods, Apple Watch

Citi raised its price target on Apple’s stock to $300 from $250, as the firm told investors it expects stronger sales and profits this holiday gift-giving season in a note titled “Why this Christmas is Different for Apple.”

Apple shares rose 0.7% in premarket trading from its previous close of $261.74. Citi has a buy rating on Apple and the firm’s new price target represents a 15% climb in the stock from its current levels.

“We believe consensus is underappreciating the Apple Watch and Apple AirPods demand strength and Apple’s wearables segment likely to surpass $10 billion of quarterly sales this quarter,” Citi analyst Jim Suva said.


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Goldman said China would be a key driver of growth for Nike. “We believe Nike is a unique asset, where a strong brand combined with a disruptive and innovative strategy are positioning the business for multi year growth, expansion in margins, and higher returns on invested capital. In this report, we present a deep dive analysis across several facets of the Nike model. In summary, we believe Nike will drive growth across geographies, categories and channels, where benefits of scale and scaled om


Goldman said China would be a key driver of growth for Nike.
“We believe Nike is a unique asset, where a strong brand combined with a disruptive and innovative strategy are positioning the business for multi year growth, expansion in margins, and higher returns on invested capital.
In this report, we present a deep dive analysis across several facets of the Nike model.
In summary, we believe Nike will drive growth across geographies, categories and channels, where benefits of scale and scaled om
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Here are the biggest analyst calls of the day: Apple, Facebook, Alphabet, Etsy & more

Goldman said China would be a key driver of growth for Nike.

“We believe Nike is a unique asset, where a strong brand combined with a disruptive and innovative strategy are positioning the business for multi year growth, expansion in margins, and higher returns on invested capital. In this report, we present a deep dive analysis across several facets of the Nike model. In summary, we believe Nike will drive growth across geographies, categories and channels, where benefits of scale and scaled omnichannel infrastructure will become key drivers of margin accretive and capital light growth. This analysis increases our confidence in the durability of growth and tailwinds for the brand going forward, and drives our forecast for a sharp acceleration in earnings growth.”


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Citi raises Apple price target on strong holiday demand for wearables like AirPods, Apple Watch

Citi raised its price target on Apple’s stock to $300 from $250, as the firm told investors it expects stronger sales and profits this holiday gift-giving season in a note titled “Why this Christmas is Different for Apple.” Apple shares rose 0.7% in premarket trading from its previous close of $261.74. Citi has a buy rating on Apple and the firm’s new price target represents a 15% climb in the stock from its current levels. “We believe consensus is underappreciating the Apple Watch and Apple Air


Citi raised its price target on Apple’s stock to $300 from $250, as the firm told investors it expects stronger sales and profits this holiday gift-giving season in a note titled “Why this Christmas is Different for Apple.”
Apple shares rose 0.7% in premarket trading from its previous close of $261.74.
Citi has a buy rating on Apple and the firm’s new price target represents a 15% climb in the stock from its current levels.
“We believe consensus is underappreciating the Apple Watch and Apple Air
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Citi raises Apple price target on strong holiday demand for wearables like AirPods, Apple Watch

Citi raised its price target on Apple’s stock to $300 from $250, as the firm told investors it expects stronger sales and profits this holiday gift-giving season in a note titled “Why this Christmas is Different for Apple.”

Apple shares rose 0.7% in premarket trading from its previous close of $261.74. Citi has a buy rating on Apple and the firm’s new price target represents a 15% climb in the stock from its current levels.

“We believe consensus is underappreciating the Apple Watch and Apple AirPods demand strength and Apple’s wearables segment likely to surpass $10 billion of quarterly sales this quarter,” Citi analyst Jim Suva said.


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Peloton is rolling out new apps for Apple Watch and Amazon Fire TV, plus cheaper pricing

Peloton is releasing a new Apple Watch app and Amazon Fire TV integration, the company announced on Wednesday. Here’s the breakdown of what Peloton announced on Wednesday:Apple WatchPeloton built out an Apple Watch app so that users can get metrics about their workouts by glancing at their wrist. According to Peloton Digital’s senior vice president and general manager Karina Kogan, the Apple Watch app will allow runners to pause their workout by tapping on the smartwatch, versus having to pull o


Peloton is releasing a new Apple Watch app and Amazon Fire TV integration, the company announced on Wednesday.
Here’s the breakdown of what Peloton announced on Wednesday:Apple WatchPeloton built out an Apple Watch app so that users can get metrics about their workouts by glancing at their wrist.
According to Peloton Digital’s senior vice president and general manager Karina Kogan, the Apple Watch app will allow runners to pause their workout by tapping on the smartwatch, versus having to pull o
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Peloton is rolling out new apps for Apple Watch and Amazon Fire TV, plus cheaper pricing

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Peloton is releasing a new Apple Watch app and Amazon Fire TV integration, the company announced on Wednesday. Peloton, which went public in the fall, sells a combination of connected exercise machines and fitness classes to around 1.6 million people. It is known for having a die-hard fan base, on par with companies like Apple and Tesla. The high-end hardware, including a treadmill and bike, costs thousands of dollars and comes with a $39 per month subscription to classes that are streamed to the equipment’s built-in screens. But the company also offers a cheaper “digital” membership for anyone to access classes like yoga and running, which don’t require an expensive Peloton machine. It’s also looking to expand that subscription base by slashing prices for the membership down to less than $13 per month. The move is also important to Apple, which has large ambitions when it comes to health and fitness technology. Peloton is a natural extension of Apple’s luxury brand, and some have even speculated that Apple might want to acquire Peloton as it seeks to grow its business into new products and services outside the iPhone. Here’s the breakdown of what Peloton announced on Wednesday:

Apple Watch

Peloton built out an Apple Watch app so that users can get metrics about their workouts by glancing at their wrist. That will make it easier for people who are using Peloton’s digital membership to track pace and distance for runs, and get access to the watch’s heart rate monitor to more accurately extrapolate calorie count, the company said. According to Peloton Digital’s senior vice president and general manager Karina Kogan, the Apple Watch app will allow runners to pause their workout by tapping on the smartwatch, versus having to pull out their iPhone. “We see it a better user experience for the phone and the watch to talk to each other,” she said. The company did not say whether it would integrate in the future with Apple Gymkit, which would involve a direct sync between its fitness equipment and the watch. The Peloton app for Apple Watch will be available on Wednesday.

Amazon TV

Peloton is also coming to Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices and smart televisions across the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. The company confirmed that the relationship with Amazon Fire TV is both its first and an exclusive one, so there won’t be any deals with competitors in the near future. But Peloton’s Kogan said the company will continue to be available for users to cast through the Google’s Chromecast device. Fire TV currently has 37 million users around the world, and competes with Apple, Roku and Google, among others. The company also said that Fire TV customers will be able to use their Alexa voice assistant to issue commands, such as to pause or play their workout, as long as they pair their Amazon Echo device. Kogan described the opportunity to stream classes via the TV as the “number one in demand platform,” which users were asking for.

Pricing changes


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These are the best apps of 2019, according to Apple

Phil Schiller, Apple Getty ImagesApple just announced the best apps and games of 2019. Popularity is considered, but these are not just the most downloaded apps, nor the apps that make Apple the most money. Why Apple loves it: “This spectacularly satisfying puzzle-platformer explores the triumph of piercing a life back together after tragic loss.” Apple TV Game of the year: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s TrapWonder Boy the Dragon’s Trap for Apple TV LizardcubePrice: $3.99 What it is: A platform game f


Phil Schiller, Apple Getty ImagesApple just announced the best apps and games of 2019.
Popularity is considered, but these are not just the most downloaded apps, nor the apps that make Apple the most money.
Why Apple loves it: “This spectacularly satisfying puzzle-platformer explores the triumph of piercing a life back together after tragic loss.”
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These are the best apps of 2019, according to Apple

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Apple just announced the best apps and games of 2019. Unlike past years, it announced this year’s winners in a small event in New York City where it gathered the developers of the apps, Apple executives and the press, and handed out small notecards with the winners’ names inside.

App and game winners were revealed inside an envelope at a special Apple event. Todd Haselton | CNBC

In previous years, Apple’s “best of” lists have included everything from apps to music, books and podcasts. It’ll reveal some of those top items this year, too, but said it wanted to hold an event that focused specifically on the achievements by developers — the people who actually build these apps.

A demo of Flow by Moleskine at the Apple app awards event. Todd Haselton | CNBC

I learned a bit about how the process for selecting these winners is conducted. It starts with the team behind the editorials in the App Store, who highlight and review apps throughout the year. The group begins by selecting new apps and games, or those with big improvements, that launched between October 2018 and October 2019. They look at specific criteria like the app or game’s user experience, design, storytelling and creativity. Popularity is considered, but these are not just the most downloaded apps, nor the apps that make Apple the most money.

A demo of Spectre at the Apple app awards event in New York City. Todd Haselton | CNBC

This year, 130 editors from the App Store team participated and picked apps from around the world. They get together, vote, and argue a bit on which apps are the best. Then, they brought the list to Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, Phil Schiller, and he gave the final nod of approval.

A demo of Sayonara Wild Hearts at the Apple awards event. Todd Haselton | CNBC

Here are the winners.

iPhone App of the year: Spectre Camera

Spectre Camera Spectre

Price: $1.99 What it is: Spectre was built by the same team that built another popular camera app, called Halide. It’s awesome and gives you the ability to shoot long exposures without fancy camera equipment. This means you can take those neat pictures of traffic moving where the lights are just a blur, or a waterfall where the water looks caught in motion. Co-founder and designer Sebastiaan de With told me he was happy to “to see Apple encourage quality software instead of something that would make them more money,” by choosing his firm, which he considers a boutique development shop. Why Apple loves it: “This AI-powered photo app magically captures the beauty of motion.”

iPhone Game of the year: Sky: Children of the Light

Sky Children of the Light thatgamecompany

Price: Free, with in-app purchases up to $14.99 for a season pass. What it is: Sky: Children of the Light is by the same team that built Journey, which won game of the year in 2013. You fly through 7 “dreamlike realms” to uncover a mystery and can socialize with other players from around the world on your adventures. I was most impressed by its graphics; it looked like something you’d normally find on a more powerful console. Plus, it’s free, so you can check it out to get the gist without spending money. Why Apple loves it: “Few games convey the thrill of discovery, flight, and collaboration like this groundbreaking title.”

Apple Arcade Game of the year: Sayonara Wild Hearts

Sayonara Wild Hearts Simogo

Price: Part of an Apple Arcade subscription, which costs $4.99 per month. What it is: You set out to “find the harmony of the universe” amid catchy pop music and while riding a variety of vehicles including motorcycles and skateboards, all while fighting with swords. Plus, it works with controllers you’d normally use for an Xbox or Playstation. I spoke with the publisher who said they decided to submit to Apple Arcade to appeal to the widest possible audience across iPad, Mac, Apple TV and iPhone — all Apple Arcade games must be available for all these platforms. Why Apple loves it: “A mesmerizing high-speed rush through dazzling scenery that crackles with thrilling electro pop energy.”

iPad Game of the year: Hyper Light Drifter

Hyper Light Drifter Apple

Price: $4.99 What it is: A pixel-art style game that was already considered a masterpiece after launching on other game platforms. It’s a slash-em’ game with award winning audio and graphic design. In it, you’ll “explore a beautiful, vast and ruined world riddled with dangers and lost technologies.” CEO of Abylight Studios Eva Gaspar told me the game plays best on an iPad Pro. The hardest part of porting it was taking a beloved game and turning it into one that works well on touchscreens (and with controllers), that fans would still appreciate. “Our standards are the highest, that’s how we got to be the game of the year,” Gaspar told me. Why Apple loves it: “Dazzling and action packed, Hyper Light Drifter reimagines classic 16-bit adventure games.”

iPad App of the year: Flow by Moleskine

Flow by Moleskine for iPad Apple

Price: Free 7-day trial; $1.99/month or $11.99/year What it is: I’m a fan of this one myself and have used it on an iPad mini. Think of an infinite notepad canvas that continues to scroll as you draw or write more. That’s the tip of the iceberg here. Flow also has tons of different writing tools, from an airbrush to a marker and a fountain pen. And, like the popular notebooks, you can choose from lined pages, empty, grids and more. I just wish there was one-time payment option. Why Apple loves it: “The elegance of the iconic Moleskine notebook, now in digital form.”

Mac Game of the year: GRIS

GRIS for Mac Apple

Price: $9.99 What it is: It’s a platform game you move a character throughout a unique and colorful world and solve puzzles. As you move forward, Gris, the main character, gains new abilities that help you traverse further. One trend I noticed here: It also has a good soundtrack, like the other games that won awards in 2019. Why Apple loves it: “This spectacularly satisfying puzzle-platformer explores the triumph of piercing a life back together after tragic loss.”

Mac App of the year: Affinity Publisher

Affinity Publisher for Mac Apple

Price: $34.99 What it is: Affinity Publisher is a design tool that helps you create books, brochures, magazines, posters and more, all with helpful layout guides, text decorations, photos and more. You can do all of this without much skill in design work or know-how. That means professional-looking publications without much work. Why Apple loves it: “This powerful and affordable app obliterates graphic design’s bar to entry.”

Apple TV Game of the year: Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap

Wonder Boy the Dragon’s Trap for Apple TV Lizardcube

Price: $3.99 What it is: A platform game for the Apple TV, the sort you might have grown up on and that you can now share with your kids. Here’s the gist: “In search for a cure, our mutated anti-hero will explore the many traps of Monster Land…and defeat many stuff-throwing, curse-wielding dragons.” Why Apple loves it: “The beloved game from the ’80s gets a reboot with hand-drawn animation and a reorchestrated soundtrack.”

Apple TV App of the year: The Explorers

The Explorers Network for Apple TV The Explorers Network


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Apple could change its iPhone release schedule to twice a year, JP Morgan says

Apple could change its iPhone release strategy to launch new devices twice a year starting in 2021, J.P. Morgan analysts predicted in a note distributed on Monday, citing supply chain checks. If Apple were to launch new iPhones twice a year, as the J.P. Morgan analysts suggest, it would be a major strategy shift for Apple’s most important product line. That’s a change from the three-model strategy Apple has used since 2017. They also believe that Apple will release a low-cost iPhone resembling t


Apple could change its iPhone release strategy to launch new devices twice a year starting in 2021, J.P. Morgan analysts predicted in a note distributed on Monday, citing supply chain checks.
If Apple were to launch new iPhones twice a year, as the J.P. Morgan analysts suggest, it would be a major strategy shift for Apple’s most important product line.
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They also believe that Apple will release a low-cost iPhone resembling t
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Apple could change its iPhone release schedule to twice a year, JP Morgan says

An employee, left, shows a customer the features of an iPhone 11 at Apple store during a product launch event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Friday, September 27, 2019.

Apple could change its iPhone release strategy to launch new devices twice a year starting in 2021, J.P. Morgan analysts predicted in a note distributed on Monday, citing supply chain checks.

The shift in strategy would allow Apple to smooth its traditional seasonality and give the company increased flexibility to change its products within a six-month time frame and compete with other device makers that launch new phones throughout the year.

Since 2011, Apple has released major new iPhones in September and October, setting up the quarter that ends in December to be Apple’s largest, boosted by the holidays and new models. If Apple were to launch new iPhones twice a year, as the J.P. Morgan analysts suggest, it would be a major strategy shift for Apple’s most important product line.

“Based on our supply chain checks, we are expecting a strategic change in the launch cadence with the release of two new iPhone models in 1H21 followed by another two in 2H21, which will serve to smooth seasonality around the launch,” J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee wrote.

The analysts also published predictions for Apple’s 2020 iPhone lineup in Monday’s note, predicting that four new iPhone models will launch in September 2020. That’s a change from the three-model strategy Apple has used since 2017. They also believe that Apple will release a low-cost iPhone resembling the iPhone 8 in the spring.

The J.P. Morgan analysts predict all four devices launching next fall will sport superior OLED screens and support 5G networks, although some models will not support mmWave technology, which promises faster speeds.

“The 2H20 lineup will include all OLED phones, with screen sizes of 5.4″ (one model), 6.1″ (two), and 6.7″ (one), broadening the screen size range from 5.8″ to 6.5″ in 2019,” Chatterjee wrote. “We expect the two higher end models (one 6.1″, one 6.7″) to include mmWave support, triple camera and World facing 3D sensing, while the lower-end models (one 6.1″, one 5.4″) will include support for only sub-6 GHz and dual camera (no World-facing 3D sensing).”

The analysts note that the increased screen size options and 5G support could encourage current iPhone users to upgrade.

The J.P. Morgan predictions have slight differences from other early reports about next year’s iPhones. Last month, Korean news site ETNews discussed the same screen sizes but did not mention two different models with 6.1-inch screens and said that “a model will support 5G.”

Leading Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo from TF Securities has predicted that all of Apple’s 2020 iPhones will support 5G networks. He too believes Apple is planning iPhones with 6.7-inch, 6.1-inch, and 5.4-inch OLED displays.

J.P. Morgan is overweight on Apple and raised its 12-month price target to $296 from $290.


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Apple’s 2020 iPads and MacBooks will have new advanced displays, top analyst says

According to the note, Apple is planning up to six mini LED devices, including a “high-end” iPad Pro launching in the third quarter 2020 and a 16-inch MacBook Pro laptop launching in the fourth quarter of 2020. Mini LED displays have several benefits over the LCD and OLED screens currently used on gadgets. “We believe that the mini LED technology will significantly improve productivity and the entertainment experience,” Kuo wrote. Kuo is well-known for publishing research about unreleased Apple


According to the note, Apple is planning up to six mini LED devices, including a “high-end” iPad Pro launching in the third quarter 2020 and a 16-inch MacBook Pro laptop launching in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Mini LED displays have several benefits over the LCD and OLED screens currently used on gadgets.
“We believe that the mini LED technology will significantly improve productivity and the entertainment experience,” Kuo wrote.
Kuo is well-known for publishing research about unreleased Apple
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Apple's 2020 iPads and MacBooks will have new advanced displays, top analyst says

Apple is planning to use a new display technology called mini LED in its lineup of laptops and tablets starting next year, according to a research note from TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo released Monday.

According to the note, Apple is planning up to six mini LED devices, including a “high-end” iPad Pro launching in the third quarter 2020 and a 16-inch MacBook Pro laptop launching in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Kuo previously wrote that he believes mini LED displays will be a crucial differentiating technology for Apple in its “mid-size” products, which means devices larger than the iPhone.

“We believe that Apple is planning [four to six] mini LED products; the first one that will launch in 3Q20 will be the high-end iPad Pro that will be equipped with the A14X processor and 12.9-inch display; the second one in 4Q20 will be the 16-inch MacBook Pro,” Kuo said in the note distributed on Monday.

Mini LED displays have several benefits over the LCD and OLED screens currently used on gadgets. They offer higher contrast and are not as prone to “burn-in,” which is when an image is permanently displayed on a malfunctioning screen. Apple’s iPhones currently use both LCD and OLED displays, depending on the model.

“We believe that the mini LED technology will significantly improve productivity and the entertainment experience,” Kuo wrote.

Kuo is well-known for publishing research about unreleased Apple products focused on the companies that make up Apple’s supply chain. Apple doesn’t comment on upcoming products. Apple released a new 16-inch MacBook Pro model in October with a new keyboard design to address consumer complaints.


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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are investing in the affordable housing crisis they helped create

Google has pledged $1 billion to help stop the housing crisis. In the Seattle area, Microsoft is chipping in $500 million, while its neighbor Amazon has opened a homeless shelter on its downtown campus. The affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area and Seattle is changing the landscape and makeup of the communities that fostered the tech boom. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have stepped up to provide support, but time will tell if it’s just good publicity or will actually lead to real soluti


Google has pledged $1 billion to help stop the housing crisis.
In the Seattle area, Microsoft is chipping in $500 million, while its neighbor Amazon has opened a homeless shelter on its downtown campus.
The affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area and Seattle is changing the landscape and makeup of the communities that fostered the tech boom.
Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have stepped up to provide support, but time will tell if it’s just good publicity or will actually lead to real soluti
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Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google are investing in the affordable housing crisis they helped create

Affordable housing has become a crisis on the West Coast, due in large part to the expansion of the tech industry. Recently, the tech giants that helped create the problem have pledged money and support to seek fixes in their communities, but there’s plenty of reason for skepticism.

Liz González, a contributor at Silicon Valley De-Bug, voiced her concerns about the expansion of Google into San Jose.

“We’re being ignored,” she told CNBC. “We’re being displaced, and folks who have no long term interests in this community get to decide what it looks like and who gets to live here.”

Google has pledged $1 billion to help stop the housing crisis. Facebook helped create the Partnership for the Bay’s Future, which will gather $500 million for the cause. Apple is committing $2.5 billion. In the Seattle area, Microsoft is chipping in $500 million, while its neighbor Amazon has opened a homeless shelter on its downtown campus. Amazon also says it’s contributed $38 billion to Seattle’s economy since 2010.

Is it all too little, too late?

The Bay Area, which includes San Francisco and San Jose, has the third largest population of people experiencing homelessness in the U.S., behind New York and Los Angeles, and just ahead of Seattle. In the Bay Area, 64% of those individuals are unsheltered. In the Seattle region, that number is 47%.

Between 2010 and 2018, the Bay Area’s population increased 8.4% while the number of housing units rose by less than 5%. Housing prices shot up, reflecting the region’s demographics. Software engineers earn a starting salary of about $160,000 at Apple, Google and Facebook, 40% more than the national average for the same job, according to data from Indeed and Glassdoor. Rents in the Bay Area jumped 21% from 2010 to 2017 when adjusted for inflation. Over that same time stretch, rents in New York rose 9%.

“It kind of feels like they’re pushing you out of your home,” said Tamara Mitchell, a volunteer at the Coalition on Homelessness in San Francisco who has experienced homelessness due to the lack of affordable housing in the area.

The lack of diversity is stark. Tech companies are disproportionately hiring white and Asian male-identified individuals for tech jobs, leaving lower-wage jobs for mostly blacks and Latinx individuals.

For U.S.-based tech-related jobs in 2018, Google employed 95% white or Asian individuals and 74% male-identified individuals. At Apple those figures were 84% and 77%, respectively, and at Facebook the numbers were 93% and 78%. However, according to estimated data from the Census Bureau in 2018, the Bay Area is home to 67% white or Asian individuals.

The affordable housing crisis in the Bay Area and Seattle is changing the landscape and makeup of the communities that fostered the tech boom. Apple, Google, Facebook and Amazon have stepped up to provide support, but time will tell if it’s just good publicity or will actually lead to real solutions. Many West Coast communities are calling out for help as they tackle this emergency caused by companies in their own backyards.

Watch CNBC’s in-depth video on the affordable housing crisis.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-12-01  Authors: dain evans
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