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Apple Hikes Order Volume For iPhone 7 Parts In Wake of Samsung Recall (macrumors.com) 88

An anonymous reader writes: In wake of Samsung's recall of the Galaxy Note 7, Apple has reportedly hiked orders for parts and components required for the production of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. Mac Rumors reports: "Apple shipped on average 30 million iPhone 6s units a month in the second half of 2015. The company originally predicted shipments of the iPhone 7 this year would reach only 60 percent of that number over the same period, but supply chain sources are today reporting that Apple has boosted its original prediction by 10 percent. The hike in order volumes suggests Apple is increasingly upbeat about demand for the new devices among existing iPhone owners seeking to upgrade, despite relatively subdued interest in the iPhone 7 models compared to the pre-launch buzz of previous years. Another potential factor in Apple's upward revision is Samsung's global recall of its Galaxy Note 7 smartphone last week, which followed numerous complaints that the device caught fire while charging. The news arguably couldn't have come at a worse time for Apple's biggest rival, which has pitched its Note 7 as a direct competitor to Apple's 5.5-inch iPhones."
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Apple Hikes Order Volume For iPhone 7 Parts In Wake of Samsung Recall

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  • by fluffernutter ( 1411889 ) on Monday September 05, 2016 @05:12PM (#52831167)
    I was actually going to order a note 7 to replace my 4 year old smartphone. When the news of the recall came, I just decided to save some money and settle for a Note 5. I think if people like Android, they like Android.. The lack of Note 7s isn't going to swing people to iOS.
    • it i would be foolish if apple think it will get greater sales due to sumsung recall (i am pretty sure apple do not think that btw, and this increase if true is for some other reason).
      people who are prevented from buying a note 7, do have many other options(and andriod one too) other than overpriced ability challenged iphone 7.

    • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

      I have learned a valuable lesson from Samsung, until the make Note's with user replaceable batteries, I will never buy another one. See how useless they are, Samsung will now lose millions of phone value because of it. I wonder if the next note will have a user replaceable battery, consider no recall, product could be still on sale, just supply buyers with a replacement battery. Samsung just went through losses they expected customers to go through to force them to buy another phone or spend a huge amount u

      • Meh, we have five samsung tabs/phones in our house and haven't really ever had a problem with the battery. The shop down the street charges $80 to replace them.
        • by rtb61 ( 674572 )

          I just priced some for my four year old phone, damn $8, still happy?

      • Yeah...good luck finding a flagship with a replaceable battery that isn't riddled with problems. We'll see what LG does with their V20 today, but after my experience with the G4, which left tens of thousands of users stranded thanks to bootloop issues and (in my case) absolutely hideous performance, I'm loathe to trust another LG.

    • by GuB-42 ( 2483988 )

      Why not buy a Note7 if you want a Note7?
      You aren't affected by the problem because you didn't buy it yet. And after you buy it, the problem will be fixed. You just have to wait a bit.

      You probably have your reasons but personally, I wouldn't get a Note5. It has lost plenty of features compared to the Note4 (SD card, removable battery, IR blaster, ...) and compared to the Note7 it is globally inferior (because it is the older model) and lacks the SD card slot and water resistance. The price really has to be i

    • I was actually going to order a note 7 to replace my 4 year old smartphone. When the news of the recall came, I just decided to save some money and settle for a Note 5. I think if people like Android, they like Android.. The lack of Note 7s isn't going to swing people to iOS.

      Agree here. People who were interested in an iPhone would have bought it in the first place, not settled for a Galaxy.

      I do think this opens the window of opportunity for other phones, be it a Moto, Google phone, Xiaomi, OnePlus, et al. But not Apple.

      • For me it was about the stylus. I used to have a Palm IIIxe and was able to use it to get stuff done. I never again felt as if a touch screen was as efficient without a stylus. It just seems terribly clumsy to use a touch keyboard. I have big hands and a memory like a sieve so I'm hoping the convenience of being able to write stuff down and keep it with me will make a difference. If not, then I'll go back to carrying a pad and a pencil because I find the low tech solution more efficient for me than a touch
  • Brilliant move (Score:4, Interesting)

    by ArtemaOne ( 1300025 ) on Monday September 05, 2016 @05:13PM (#52831169)
    Jumping on your opponents' mistakes is sure to pay off, and this will force the headphone jack issue into the forefront quickly. Not sure how much that will work and backfire, possibly simultaneously across markets.
    • One hand, posible dongle for wired headphones I almost never use... on the other hand, exploding phone. Hmm.

      It's pretty obvious if they ship with no headphone jack it also means they ship with wireless earbuds. So why is it even a problem, much less the gigantic issue you seem to think it is?

      • There are plenty of conversations on the reasons. My point is this makes it a much broader issue because they will sell more units up front. More exposure sooner.
        • The number of extra iPhones sold because of Samsung shortages will be a tiny percentage of the total number of iPhones sold. It will in no way make it a "broader issue" - that would also imply there is even an issue, which the technorati will too discover to their dismay there is not.

          They same fainting couch was fallen upon with great false tears back with the Lightning connector change, and absolutely nothing came of that. I fall to see how this will be ay different, in fact it's a far smaller change.

          You

          • You're somehow acting like I suggested this was a negative thing. Regardless of your opinion, the increased numbers (yes, it will increase numbers) will make more people talk about its effects. I don't know where you got that opinion as I was clear that it would just bring more light to it, even saying that some people think it is good, some think it is bad. I never expressed my own opinion for you to get so butt-hurt.
            • Sorry I missed your neutrality on the issue, but I still can't see how it brings any more light on the issue... there have already been a billion articles on this, so I honestly do not see how it can possibly gain more exposure through a few more users of the phone. Even my wife, who does not care about technology or follow technology news at all, has mentioned it already... if she has heard about this there is literally no-one left on earth who is not aware.

              • Hearing about it and having people who forget to charge their headphones in real life are slightly different matters.
          • by dgatwood ( 11270 )

            They same fainting couch was fallen upon with great false tears back with the Lightning connector change, and absolutely nothing came of that. I fall to see how this will be ay different, in fact it's a far smaller change.

            Almost nobody used the 30-pin connector for anything other than charging, because so-called universal docks were never compatible with whatever new device Apple shipped six months later. I doubt more than 1% of users used it for anything other than plugging in the cord that came with it t

      • by Lumpy ( 12016 )

        It's not. Almost nobody cares about a headphone jack except for the kiddies that cant afford anything more than a $100 prepaid phone to begin with.

        • It's not. Almost nobody cares about a headphone jack except for the kiddies that cant afford anything more than a $100 prepaid phone to begin with.

          Untrue, my kids have iPhones (previous generation admittedly) and they get through headphones/earbuds like a rat through cardboard. You can currently get cheap earbuds from Poundland, but I wouldn't want to be buying an Apple pair every couple of weeks at GBP30+ a pop.

      • by Anonymous Coward

        I'll take a exploding phone over anything from a terrible company like apple

      • by Anonymous Coward

        It's pretty obvious if they ship with no headphone jack it also means they ship with wireless earbuds. So why is it even a problem, much less the gigantic issue you seem to think it is?

        For one, wireless *anything* is less reliable than its wired equivalent. In any sort of crowded environment, quality is going to go down as everyone's wireless headphones are competing with each other in limited radio spectrum. Bluetooth itself has abysmal performance in military towns and port cities, because something the military/coast guard is doing causes interference on those frequencies.

        Two, removing the analog jack means removing the analog loophole. That is to say, if the iPhone doesn't have to sup

        • For one, wireless *anything* is less reliable than its wired equivalent. In any sort of crowded environment, quality is going to go down as everyone's wireless headphones are competing with each other in limited radio spectrum. Bluetooth itself...

          It's interesting you think Apple's wireless headphones will use Bluetooth, or that they have not considered the aspect of many people using the headphones at once.

          That is to say, if the iPhone doesn't have to support an analog audio plug, and everything is digital,

          • by Anonymous Coward

            Now I have to buy an adaptor too? Yet another dongle to carry around, keep charged, lose or break... Yeah, I don't think so. When it comes time to "upgrade" my 6s, I'll be upgrading to a vendor whose product is convenient for me.

          • For one, wireless *anything* is less reliable than its wired equivalent.

            Plenty of kids destroy the wires on headphones, sometimes costing parents hundreds of dollars over the years. Totally talking about other people, not my own kid *cough*. But regardless, having no wires can be more reliable in some ways.

      • by jrumney ( 197329 )

        It's pretty obvious if they ship with no headphone jack it also means they ship with wireless earbuds.

        No, it's not obvious at all. More likely they ship with earphones that plug into their proprietary lightning connector. And as always, the earphones that ship with a phone will be cheap crap, but the only replacement for a while will be to go Bluetooth, or pay double the Apple tax for lightning connector Beats headphones.

      • A company who stands behind its products and recalls an entire model over a 0.002% failure rate, or one that tells you you're holding it wrong when your hand shorts out the antenna or tells you you've mishandled the phone when your touchscreen controller fails?

  • by Zombie Ryushu ( 803103 ) on Monday September 05, 2016 @06:17PM (#52831375)

    Order Phones with Removable batteries. BLU, and several other manufacteres make phones with good batteries that are removable. If need be, order a battery not made of Lithium Colbalt. The Cobalt part is Cancerous, get a Lithium Iron battery instead.

    • by iggymanz ( 596061 ) on Monday September 05, 2016 @06:50PM (#52831497)

      I don't cut open and eat my batteries.

      I read the MSDS sheet for lithium cobalt oxide but nothing there is mentioned of causing cancer. did you make that up? are you confusing elemental cobalt or some other compound of cobalt with this particular salt of cobalt?

      what good is getting removable battery if taking it from phone and putting in charger is going to make it catch on fire anyway in the charger instead of the phone?

      • You know phones are generally more expensive than chargers....

        People don't usually store much of their data in a charger either.

        • the phone is going to be in a separate place when the charger burns the place down?

          • Yes, the phone is going to be in my hand with the other battery calling the fire brigade.

            How do you care either way, didn't you just die when your place burnt down?

            • people generally do their charging overnight. at least in the phone the battery is enclosed with not just the phone but a case, but those typical chargers (worth a $1.50 and made in chinese sweatshops) are going to let the flames be little Free Willy's.

              • Yes, and keeping the battery in the phone and the phone inside a case will allow it to heat up much more, and catch on fire more easily.
                People aren't going to put their battery under their pillows to charge, or similar stupid places that they do with phones.

                Anyway, it's either a big fire and everything is destroyed like you said. No difference.
                Or a small fire where not everything is destroyed, and your data and phone is safe. Removable battery is clearly better in this case.
                You can continue to nitpick t

      • I don't cut open and eat my batteries.

        I read the MSDS sheet for lithium cobalt oxide but nothing there is mentioned of causing cancer. did you make that up? are you confusing elemental cobalt or some other compound of cobalt with this particular salt of cobalt?

        what good is getting removable battery if taking it from phone and putting in charger is going to make it catch on fire anyway in the charger instead of the phone?

        From what I know, the cancer causing metals are Lead, Mercury and Cadmium (forget which group they are in the periodic table). Cobalt is not in the list.

        I think reason GP mentioned it is that when the batteries are used up and disposed, if they contain Lead, Mercury or Cadmium, they contaminate the water supply leading to public health issues. Hence the call to avoid. But you are right - cobalt is not one of those toxic materials - not that you want it in drinking water supplies.

    • by GuB-42 ( 2483988 )

      If need be, order a battery not made of Lithium Colbalt. The Cobalt part is Cancerous, get a Lithium Iron battery instead.

      And get half the battery life, no thank you.

      I know that LiFePO4 batteries (probably what you are talking about) have many advantages, including better safety, higher charge/discharge currents and longer life
      However, the low energy density is too much of a tradeoff. Especially since safety is a one-in-a-million risk (of fire, cancer is insignificant) if you buy good batteries, that the phone cannot take advantage of these high currents and replacing a removable battery after 3 years is cheap and easy.

    • by aergern ( 127031 )

      Are these low end BLU phones waterproof? Any of them? IS there a phone out there that has removeable batteries AND is waterproof/resistant? Do BLU phones have the features? No? Then shaddup .. this MUST HAVE removable battery thing is getting tiresome.

  • Apple Hikes Order Volume For iPhone 7 Parts ...

    Okay it's way louder, but can't hear it 'cause no compatible headphones...

  • I need to replace my wife's iPhone 4S, but it won't be with a 7. That loss of a headphone jack makes it unusable for use in a car that doesn't have BT.

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