iPhone XR looks set to become a massive smash hit

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Are you excited about the iPhone XR?
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Respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo thinks the iPhone XR is going to be a massive smash hit for Apple — and it seems everyone is being taken by surprise by how in-demand it will be.

In a recent note to investors, Kuo increased his estimate for fourth-quarter iPhone XR shipments by 10 percent. Instead of 33 million to 35 million iPhone XR units over the quarter, he now thinks Apple’s suppliers will ship out 36 million to 38 million units.

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 XR could be bigger than iPhone 8 in one key market

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iPhone XR could be more popular than you think.
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The iPhone XR is expected to enjoy a strong start in China later this month as a result of the lack of innovation from local brands and weakening demand for their devices, according to one reliable analyst.

Apple’s new handset, which will start at $749 in the U.S., could see bigger demand than last year’s iPhone 8 lineup.

iPhone XS Max vastly outsells smaller XS

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The iPhone XS Max is Apple's best selling model by a wide margin.
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When it comes to iPhones, it appears bigger is much better. The iPhone XS series debuted on Friday, and a respected analyst reports the larger of the two is selling far, far better than its smaller sibling.

The analyst also reports that the new Apple Watch Series 4 is selling better than he expected.

Apple Watch Series 4 and iPhone XR are this year’s big winners

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Ming-Chi Kuo is forecasting Apple shipments for the next year.
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The iPhone XR is likely to be the most popular new iPhone this year, followed by the iPhone XS Plus, and, in last place, the iPhone XS. That’s according to highly respected Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Kuo also noted that pre-orders for the Apple Watch Series 4, which in my view was the standout new product at last week’s Apple event, were “better than expected.”

Apple Watch Series 4 set to get ceramic back and electrocardiogram

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Apple Watch's heart rate monitor is set to get a big upgrade.
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New details about the upcoming Apple Watch Series 4 have been revealed just days before Apple is set to unveil the upgraded wearable.

One of the most respected Apple analysts in the business just put out a new report that claims the metal back of the Apple Watch will change to a ceramic design. Even better, the watches will come with a new health sensor.

2018 iPhone might not work with Apple Pencil after all [Updated]

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There are a lot of people hoping the next iPhone models will work with the Apple Pencil, but a prominent analyst says no.
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A respected analyst just threw cold water on the reports that the Apple Pencil will work with next month’s iPhone models.

This contradicts several sources that pointed to support for Apple’s pressure-sensitive stylus being added to the 2018 iPhones. So we’re left guessing which is correct.

Apple Car could drive off the lot in only 5 years

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If an analyst is correct, the Apple Car could be your next vehicle.
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One of the secret-but-not-really-secret projects Apple is working on is a self-driving vehicle. A well-respected analyst just gave his estimate of when this will be released.

Not only does Ming-Chi Kuo indicate that the “Apple Car” will debut between 2023 and 2025, he also lays out reasons why the product will be a success.

As a bonus, Kuo indicates when to expect Apple’s augmented-reality headset.

2018 iPhone lineup to come in gorgeous new color options

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The 2018 iPhone lineup could be prettier than ever.
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Apple will offer the 2018 iPhone lineup in a range of stunning new color options, according to one reliable analyst.

Grey, blue, red, and orange will be some of the shades available when the new devices go on sale this fall. The largest of the three, dubbed iPhone XI Plus in some reports, will be offered in gold.

Apple’s prepping new AirPods, iPhones, and a HomePod—we’ll tell you what we know on The CultCast

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Apple's got some new hardware cookin' for us.
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This week on The CultCast: Apple plans new, improved AirPods, HomePod and over-ear headphones; Apple finally acknowledges its new MacBook keyboards suck, and they’re going to make it right; a top Apple analyst drops a bunch of details on Apple’s 2018 product pipeline; and how Apple is trying to solve a fascinating issue their autonomous car.

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