Apple Warns of 'Longer Wait Times' for iPhone 14 Pro, Pro Max

Nov 07, 2022 - 10:19 AM - by Reverend
In a press release, Apple confirmed that COVID-19 restrictions in a facility located in Zhengzhou, China resulted in "significantly reduced capacity." It poses a serious problem for Apple as the facility houses iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max assembly lines—the two iPhone 14 models that are proving extremely popular with consumers.

Apple says it's prioritizing the health and safety of workers, so anyone planning to get an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max for the holidays should brace themselves for potential disappointment. The Apple Store is already listing a "4-5 weeks" wait time for shipping, and that's only likely to get worse as the press release goes on to say:

"We continue to see strong demand for iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max models. However, we now expect lower iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max shipments than we previously anticipated and customers will experience longer wait times to receive their new products."

Zhengzhou is home to the world's largest iPhone factory, which is operated by Foxconn and employs over 200,000 workers. In mid-October, Foxconn implemented a number of new work policies in a bid to control the spread of a fresh COVID-19 outbreak. Workers were provided with free food, but had to eat in their dorms, and iPhone workers were offered a small pay bonus and transport subsidies.

The controls and incentives weren't enough for many workers, though. On Oct. 31 they began to flee, with video footage showing workers carrying suitcases out of the facility. Foxconn also reported that 20,000 staff had been diagnosed with COVID-19. At the time, it was predicted iPhone production could drop by as much as 30%.

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Qualcomm confirms Samsung Galaxy S23 series will use only Snapdragon chipsets

Nov 07, 2022 - 10:14 AM - by Reverend
Samsung is expected to launch its Galaxy S23 series phones in the first week of February according to the latest rumors and this might be the year where all models will launch with the same chipset globally. Rumors about an all-Snapdragon lineup of Galaxy S23 series phones have been going on for months and the latest earnings call from Qualcomm all but confirm these rumors are true.

During their Q4 earnings call Qualcomm CFO Akash Palkhiwala confirmed expectations for a strong second half of the March quarter (Q1) 2023 which likely coincides with the first months of sales for the Galaxy S23 series phones. He also confirmed Qualcomm has moved from a 75% share (of chipsets) in the Galaxy S22 series to a global share - meaning Qualcomm chipsets for all models of the S23 series.

All three Samsung Galaxy S23 series phones (S23, S23+ and S22 Ultra) have already passed through Geekbench exclusively with the alleged Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset.

Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon confirmed a multiyear partnership with Samsung which will bring Snapdragon chipset to all premium Samsung Galaxy phones globally.

A report from last month still suggests an Exynos-powered Galaxy S23 series is not ruled out despite disappointment from in-house Exynos chips from the Samsung MX (Mobile eXperience) division.

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Instagram bug tells some users accounts are suspended

Nov 01, 2022 - 7:13 PM - by Reverend
Instagram users across the world have been reporting issues accessing their profiles.

The Meta-owned social network says it is "looking into" the problem, which has caused some people to be told they are suspended from the platform.

DownDetector - which monitors site outages - says it has found that thousands of users are affected.

Some have been shown a message saying that their account has been shut down for 30 days.

A tweet from the official Instagram Communications account said: "We're aware that some of you are having issues accessing your Instagram account.

"We're looking into it and apologise for the inconvenience."

The company has not yet offered any further details on what has caused the unusual issue.

Some users still able to get on to the platform have reported seeing large drops in their follower numbers as the suspended accounts hit by the issue disappear from the site.

Last week, fellow Meta messaging platform WhatsApp suffered an outage which knocked it offline for about two hours.

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