Here are your Apple rumors and AAPL news items for today:
Clearer: Sources tell 9to5Mac that Apple (AAPL) is testing iPhone 6 displays with significantly higher resolution compared to current iPhone models. The report indicates that the new screens have a resolution of 1704-by-960 pixels. The current flagship iPhone 5s features a screen with 1136-by-320 pixels. If the new displays are applied to the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 that most analysts expect Apple to launch in September, that iPhone would have a pixel density of 416 pixels per inch (PPI), compared to a PPI of 326 for the iPhone 5s. The higher resolution screen fits with reports that Apple plans to retain the 16:9 aspect ratio found in the iPhone 5s screen in upcoming models. News that Apple is testing 1704-by-960 pixel displays doesn’t mean that upcoming iPhone 6 models will actually have displays with that resolution. Apple is also reportedly working on an iPhone 6 model with a 5.5-inch screen that will likely be released after the 4.7-inch model is launched. If a 1704-by-960 pixel display is featured on the 5.5-inch iPhone 6, it would have a pixel density of 356 PPI.
Delay: According to Re/code it may take Apple longer to announce its acquisition of Beats Electronics than initially thought. When reports of the $3.2 billion deal surfaced late last week, it was thought that Apple was on the verge of finalizing the purchase and that an official announcement could come as early as this week. However, sources tell Re/code that the acquisition might not be finalized until next week. No reason for the delay was indicated. Since word of the deal was first reported, speculation has suggested that Apple is looking to acquire Beats talent — including co-founder Jimmy Iovine, a long-time music producer and music industry deal-maker — as well as Beats’ subscription music streaming service. Recent reports indicate that Iovine and fellow Beats co-founder Dr. Dre will take senior management positions at Apple after the acquisition and could appear at Apple’s upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Legacy: According to one analyst, Apple’s iPhone 4S continues to attract new iPhone customers more than two and a half years after its initial release, AppleInsider notes. Needham & Company analyst Charlie Wolf estimates that the iPhone 4S comprised a quarter of all iPhones sold during the last quarter. By contrast, the iPhone 5s represented 71% of iPhone sales, while the iPhone 5c accounted for just 4% of handset sales. Apple doesn’t report individual model sales, so analysts must estimate specific model sales by analyzing reported iPhone sales data. The iPhone 4S is priced low enough to make it attractive to consumers in emerging markets like China, India and Brazil. Wolf calculates that the iPhone 4S attracted 10 million new iPhone customers in the March quarter. The iPhone 4S was introduced in October 2011 and was the first iPhone to feature Apple’s Siri voice assistant.
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