Sluggish iPhones sales leave Apple with surplus OLED problem

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The iPhone X was the first iOS device to get an OLED display.
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Weak iPhone sales over the last two years could cause Apple to bring OLED displays to the iPad or MacBooks a bit earlier than expect.

Apple owes Samsung Display hundreds of millions of dollars because it agreed to purchase a certain amount of OLED displays per year. With iPhone sales in a slump, Apple hasn’t bought as many OLEDs as it promised but the two sides are reportedly discussing alternative solutions other than sending a giant pile of cash to Samsung.

This is what the 2020 iPhones might look like

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Concept of the 2020 iPhones based on early rumors.
Photo: Ben Geskin

The 2019 iPhone lineup hasn’t even been revealed yet but we might already know what next year’s iPhones will look like too.

Recent rumors have claimed that Apple will come out with new screen sizes for the 2020 iPhone lineup. The biggest iPhone will get a bit bigger while the smallest will get a little bit smaller. To see how that would look, Ben Geskin created a mockup of the upcoming devices, and they look fantastic.

Check out the size comparison with the current iPhones:

Sketchy rumor claims Apple is making an electric minibus

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Apple reportedly wants to get into the minivan business.
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Apple’s long-rumored self-driving car project might not churn out a car at all. Instead, it might just be an electric minibus.

According to a sketchy new rumor, Apple engineers have supposedly created a new minibus, which should be able to drive autonomously, if it ever hits the road.

3D laser camera could make 2020 iPhones AR machines

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The 2019 iPhone could have a much larger camera bump than any predecessor.
Your next iPhone might come with 3 cameras.
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The 3D sensing capabilities on the iPhone are set to get a big upgrade in 2020, according to a new report.

Apple is supposedly planning to add a laser-based 3D camera system to the 2020 iPhone lineup that will be more powerful than the dot-projection system currently used by the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR for facial recognition.

Brilliant concept merges iPad mini and iPod touch

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An artist dreamed up an iPod touch almost as big as the iPad mini.
An artist dreamed up an iPod touch almost as big as the iPad mini.
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New versions of the iPod touch and iPad mini are reportedly coming out this year, and one graphic designer imagines what would happen if Apple combined these into one.

The proposed device would resemble an iPhone XS Max but with an even larger display: 7 inches.

The first 2019 iPhone rumors are already here

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Is it time for Apple to rebrand the iPhone?
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The full 2018 iPhone lineup isn’t even on sale yet but new rumors are already coming out about next years models.

One of the best Apple analysts, Ming-Chi Kuo, just sent out a new report to investors with some details about the 2019 iPhone lineup. The good news is if you like big phones, not much is going to change.

iPhone 9 is not the name for Apple’s 6.1-inch handset

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We might have just found out all the 2018 iPhone prices.
The iPhone on the right might be not be called what we've been thinking.
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We know almost all of the specifications of the 2018 iPhones that are being announced this week, but the names remain something of a mystery. A mystery that might have been solved thanks to a leak from the wireless service provider China Mobile.

This confirms two of the product names from previous rumors, but the third comes out of left field.

Here’s what Apple Watch may look like with bigger display

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Apple Watch is getting a bigger display in 2018.
Photo: Cult of Mac

The Apple Watch is set to get some of its biggest upgrades ever this year, including a bigger, brighter display.

Rumors have suggested Apple plans to increase the display on the Apple Watch Series 4 by about 15%. The move could add more room for a bigger battery, but a new concept mockup of the Apple Watch Series 4 shows Apple could squeeze the bigger display into the current design.

Check it out:

iPhone could get third rear camera lens in 2019

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Three is better than two, right?
Photo: Ste Smith

Apple plans to increase the number of rear cameras on the iPhone next year, according to the latest rumor out of Asia.

2018 iPhone rumors are just starting to kick into full swing, but a Tawainese newspaper claims to have some inside info on some upgrades that are coming to next year’s model.

The next Mac Pro won’t arrive until 2019

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The Mac Pro is being "completely rethought."
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Professional Mac users holding out for the next Mac Pro are going to have to wait at least another year.

After revealing in 2017 that it was completely redesigning the Mac Pro, some fans held out hope that the new Mac Pro would come out by 2018. That’s not going to happen though. In a series of interviews, Apple executives revealed that the new Mac Pro will be a 2019 product.