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Daisuke Wakabayashi, reporting for the WSJ yesterday:
Apple is considering using sapphire screens in more expensive
models of the two new, larger iPhones it plans to debut this
fall, if it can get enough of the material, people familiar with
the matter say. Some analysts expect Apple to charge more for
the phones than previous new models, because of increased
First, I don’t understand how a report on August 14 could plausibly imply that Apple still doesn’t know what material they’re going to use for the displays on the new iPhones they plan to introduce on September 9, and which (if the schedule is like last year) they probably plan to ship to customers on September 19. I would think that people who are truly “familiar with the matter” already know, today, whether the new iPhones are going to use sapphire displays.
As for the persistent rumors that the new iPhone is going to cost $100 more, I have a thought. Last year, Apple put two phones at the $199 subsidized price point: the 16 GB 5S, and the 32 GB 5C. What Apple could do this year is drop the 16 GB size from the top-tier new device(s), and start the new iPhone(s) at 32 GB/$299. Raising the entry price, not the price. That’d leave the $199 pricing tier for the mid-range iPhone (maybe the 16 or 32 GB 5S?).
Even better would be if Apple doubled storage capacities at each price point: start the new iPhone(s) at $299 for 64 GB, and $399 for 128 GB. And then start the mid-tier phone at 32 GB instead of 16, and switch the lowest-tier “free” iPhone (the 5C?) to 16 GB. A bump in storage capacities feels due.
Update: Abdel Ibrahim tweets:
What @gruber maybe forgets to realize is how important price
is to people. Nobody wants to be forced to pay $299 for the
I didn’t say Apple should raise the entry price for the new top-tier iPhone from $199 to $299. What I’m saying is, if the rumors are true that they’re going to raise the price, dropping the lowest storage tier could be how they do it. Honestly, I think it sounds weird and somewhat un-Apple-y for them to raise the entry price for any product, let alone for their most important product. Entry prices tend to go down over time, not up.
Another possible explanation: the new iPhone ships (as widely rumored) in both 4.7- and 5.5-inch sizes, and the 5.5-inch model costs $100 more than the corresponding 4.7-inch one with the same specs.
Juli Clover, reporting for MacRumors:
Apple today updated its Apple Leadership press page to add the
bios of five vice presidents, including Paul Deneve, Lisa Jackson,
Joel Podolny, Johny Srouji, and Denise Young Smith.
The inclusion of several vice presidents on the executive team is
a new move for the company, as the page previously only listed the
company’s lineup of senior vice presidents.
Interesting on a few fronts. It significantly expands the diversity of this listing. You can see in Apple’s just-published company-wide diversity report that they have a significant number of women and non-white people in “leadership” positions, but that was not reflected on this public-facing senior leadership page.
Second, it shows where Tim Cook is placing new-found importance: the environment, human resources, and Apple University. Oh, and “special projects” — under the leadership of former Yves Saint Laurent CEO Paul Deneve. No idea what that could be about.
Alexis Madrigal, writing for The Atlantic:
Perhaps the way, then, to recover some of the old web, before the
dominance of Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook, isn’t to build
new competitors to those companies, but to redouble our use and
support of good old email.
Email — yes, email — is one way forward for a less commercial,
less centralized web, and the best thing is, this beautiful
cockroach of a social network is already living in all of our