Apple is Falling Behind
and it's not just in the world of generative AI
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Apple’s Q3 earnings aren’t great, iOS 17 re-releases, Apple is falling behind, and more!
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Apple is Falling Behind
Last month, Mark Gurman mentioned that Apple is internally testing a generative AI chatbot and that they could make a “significant AI-related announcement” in 2024.
But according to Ming-Chi Kuo, there’s no sign of that coming next year. He said this:
The progress of Apple’s generative AI is significantly behind its competitors, so I don’t expect Apple to talk too much about AI on the earnings call.
At present, there is no sign that Apple will integrate AI edge computing and hardware products in 2024
However, during Apple’s Q3 earnings call on Thursday, Tim Apple gave us some reassurance that Apple isn’t as behind as it seems.
iPhone 15 hype is also falling
In this same report, Kuo mentions that iPhone 15 demand is expected to be even lower than that of the iPhone 14, despite the switch to USB-C.
Although the Q422 iPhone shipments had declined due to the shutdown of Hon Hai’s Zhengzhou factory in November 2022, most component shipment plans didn’t change significantly in 4Q22.
Unless the demand for the iPhone 15 is better than market expectations after launch, most of the suppliers will face growth pressure in 2H23 as the demand for iPhone 15 is lower than that of iPhone 14.
And Kuo also reiterates that the 2024 shipment forecast for the Vision Pro headset is still quite small, so it’s unlikely to play a role in Apple’s stock price.
Apple’s Fall iPhone Event
9to5Mac just reported a potential date for Apple’s upcoming Fall event where they will introduce the iPhone 15 lineup. It’s a pretty obvious guess based on history (it’s the same date I predicted back in January), but still good to see some trusted rumors finally coming.
Multiple sources told 9to5Mac that mobile carriers have been asking employees not to take days off on Wednesday, September 13th due to a major smartphone announcement
Last year’s iPhone event was held on September 7th, which is also a Wednesday
If this date is accurate, expect pre-orders to begin on Friday, September 15th and a launch on September 22nd
Keep in mind, the Pro models might be delayed, so that release date is still up in the air for now
😳 Apple’s Q3 Earnings are Meh.
Apple just announced their fiscal Q3 2023 earnings and while analysts predicted a very disappointing quarter, the actual results weren’t terrible..but also not good.
Apple’s Q3 revenue of $81.80 billion was down 1% from last year, making this the 3rd consecutive quarter of lower year-over-year revenue - the first time since 2016.
The good news? Services are growing at 8% YoY, and that is the highest margin product Apple offers.
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📲 iOS 17 Re-Release, Downgrades, Screen Time & More
Apple has acknowledged that Screen Time is still broken despite claiming to have fixed it in iOS 16.5 (it was even in those release notes).
The bug consists of restrictions being lifted on devices in a Family Sharing group without the parent being notified.
This still persists in the latest iOS 17 Beta
As a side note: Chinese regulators just recently proposed rules that would limit the screen time for those under the age of 18 to a maximum of 2 hours per day. That’s one way to fight social media addiction!
Ming Chi Kuo has said that the 2nd generation of AirTags will likely go to mass production in Q4 of 2024.
iOS 17 Re-Release & iOS 16 Downgrades
iOS 17 Beta 4 was re-released for Developers this week in order to line up the build number with iOS 17 Public Beta 2
Apple also stopped signing iOS 16.5.1, meaning that you can no longer downgrade to that version
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