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Digitimes Report: No Major MacBook Pro Updates for 2018

Digitimes on Monday reported that Apple is shifting MacBook Pro production from Quanta to Foxconn in an effort to lower costs and reduce risks. The report indicates Apple is shifting production, as it doesn’t have any major hardware updates planned for 2018.

Digitimes Report: No Major MacBook Pro Updates for 2018

Digitimes, via 9to5Mac:

The sources revealed that Foxconn had been aggressively working to land more MacBook orders from Apple during the past few years by offering attractive quotes. Since Apple has not had a major upgrade to its MacBook product line since the releases of its new MacBook Pro devices at the end of 2016 and has no plan for one in 2018, the US-based vendor is planning to shift orders for models that are already in mass production to Foxconn to save costs and reduce risks.

The move at this time means supplies of 2017 MacBook pro models should remain strong, even if Foxconn encounters issues while ramping up production of the popular laptop computer.

The report says that Foxconn has represented only 20% of MacBook Pro production with Quanta producing the remaining 80% of orders. Quanta will not lose all of its production orders, but should see its share of MBPro orders reduced to 50% of production.

When Digitimes says there won’t be any “major upgrade” to the MacBook Pro lineup in 2018, it likely is referencing an update to the computer’s chassis. it’s not unusual for Apple to use a chassis design for several generations. The computer last saw an outward redesign in 2016.

“No major update” still leaves wiggle room for internal updates, such as new RAM and CPU options, or an improvement to the laptop’s much-maligned butterfly low-travel keyboard, which some users report keys getting stuck on 2016 and 2017 models.

It should be noted that reports like this – especially from publications with spotty records when it comes to predicting Apple’s moves, such as Digitimes – should be taken with a grain of your favorite low-sodium salt substitute.

Digitimes Report: No Major MacBook Pro Updates for 2018

Digitimes on Monday reported that Apple is shifting MacBook Pro production from Quanta to Foxconn in an effort to lower costs and reduce risks. The report indicates Apple is shifting production, as it doesn’t have any major hardware updates planned for 2018.

Digitimes Report: No Major MacBook Pro Updates for 2018

Digitimes, via 9to5Mac:

The sources revealed that Foxconn had been aggressively working to land more MacBook orders from Apple during the past few years by offering attractive quotes. Since Apple has not had a major upgrade to its MacBook product line since the releases of its new MacBook Pro devices at the end of 2016 and has no plan for one in 2018, the US-based vendor is planning to shift orders for models that are already in mass production to Foxconn to save costs and reduce risks.

The move at this time means supplies of 2017 MacBook pro models should remain strong, even if Foxconn encounters issues while ramping up production of the popular laptop computer.

The report says that Foxconn has represented only 20% of MacBook Pro production with Quanta producing the remaining 80% of orders. Quanta will not lose all of its production orders, but should see its share of MBPro orders reduced to 50% of production.

When Digitimes says there won’t be any “major upgrade” to the MacBook Pro lineup in 2018, it likely is referencing an update to the computer’s chassis. it’s not unusual for Apple to use a chassis design for several generations. The computer last saw an outward redesign in 2016.

“No major update” still leaves wiggle room for internal updates, such as new RAM and CPU options, or an improvement to the laptop’s much-maligned butterfly low-travel keyboard, which some users report keys getting stuck on 2016 and 2017 models.

It should be noted that reports like this – especially from publications with spotty records when it comes to predicting Apple’s moves, such as Digitimes – should be taken with a grain of your favorite low-sodium salt substitute.

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Citi Analysts: There is a 40% Chance Apple Will Use Cash War Chest to Acquire Netflix

Might Apple use some of that $252 billion in offshore cash that it could bring home under President Trump’s new corporate tax laws to buy other companies? Such as, oh, let’s say… Netflix? Citi analysts Jim Suva and Asiya Merchant says there’s a chance it could happen.

Citi: There is a 40% Chance Apple Will Use Cash War Chest to Acquire Netflix

Graphic courtesy of Citi Research.

Business Insider:

The cut in corporate taxes, along with a one-time allowance for companies to repatriate cash stored overseas without a major tax hit, will give Apple a much larger cash warchest to buy new companies. Apple has about $252 billion in cash, much of it in foreign jurisdictions, which previously it was unable to bring back to the US.

Suva and Merchant ranked potential Apple M&A targets in a note to clients sent in December. They mark Netflix as the company Apple would be most likely to buy.

The note was issued before Disney’s grab of Fox’s movie and television assets.

Apple has been making moves to get into video production, as it was recently announced that Apple’s first scripted series will star Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Anniston.

However, Apple has found the process of producing series to be much different from any other projects the company has been involved in. So, grabbing a company – such as Netflix – that knows the ins-and-outs of video production quite attractive.

“The firm has too much cash – nearly $250 billion – growing at $50 billion a year. This is a good problem to have,” Suva and Merchant told clients. “Historically, Apple has avoided repatriating cash to the US to avoid high taxation. As such, tax reform may allow Apple to put this cash to use. With over 90% of its cash sitting overseas, a one-time 10% repatriation tax would give Apple $220 billion for M&A or buybacks.”

The pair say that Apple would need only a third of that cash cache to buy Netflix. What do you think? This all sounds a bit far fetched to us here at MacTrast, but stranger things have happened. Tell us what you think of the possibility in the comments section below.

Cheaper iPhone X Would Be Nice (iPhone XSE or iPhone Xc)

iPhone-Xc-SE

For the past few months, Apple-centric websites have been getting inquiries from their viewers about the possibility of Apple releasing a cheaper iPhone. Historically, we’ve seen iPhone 5C as well as iPhone SE. While in our eyes, iPhone 5C was a flop, iPhone SE has certainly enjoyed success in the U.S.A as well as over sees. Regardless what you think about the two past models, the time is right for another budget friendly iPhone.

We foresee that with a cheaper iPhone X model, Apple could win a new audience that considers one of the following purchases.

  • Buying an older iPhone model (iPhone 7 or 6s)
  • Buying a used iPhone (used iPhone 8/7/6s)

Aside from US adults who consider buying older or used iPhones, kids (or better their parents) would be thrilled about a more resistant while a less expensive device. Additionally, it is our hunch that nationals in other foreign countries could embrace this version well too.

With that thinking, today iDrop News released a stunning concept, and quite frankly a great idea for Apple to consider. It’s a less expensive iPhone X with all-the-bells-and-whistles, aside from wireless charing and cheaper materials.

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 iPhone-Xc-XSE  

Tell us what you think below.

 

Images: iDrop News

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