Apple blames China struggles and slow iPhone upgrades for earnings miss

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Smartphone sales are struggling, and Apple is now feeling the pinch from that decline. The tech firm has lowered its guidance for its first fiscal quarter (October to December of last year) from a minimum of $89 billion down to $84 billion due to a variety of factors, most notably due to "fewer iPhone upgrades than we had anticipated." Most of the shortfall, Apple said, stemmed from China's weak economy. CEO Tim Cook noted that China's economy slowed down in the second half of 2018, and that "trade tensions" (read: US tariffs) created "mounting uncertainty" in the market. That, in turn, spilled over to everyday people.


iPhone X pre-orders: Tips to be among first to get Apple's flagship

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Here's how these phones compare for business buyers. Announced by Apple on Sept. 12, the iPhone X will finally be available for pre-order on Friday, Oct. 27. But it may not be easy to get in the first round shipped by Apple. In a recent note, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said just 2-3 million iPhone X handsets will be ready to deliver to customers at launch. KGI estimates Apple's Q4 iPhone X orders to be in the 25-30 million range.


I bought Apple's Upgrade Program but I'm still saying 'no' to the iPhone 7

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The iPhone 7 simply is not compelling enough to justify a three hour round trip drive to Orlando, plus whatever hell the Apple Store would want to put me through this year. Last year, my wife and I bought our then-new iPhone 6s Plus phones using the Apple Upgrade Program. The Apple Upgrade Program allowed us to decouple our phone purchase from our wireless service. It allowed us to get an interest free loan for the purchase of the phones. But - and here was the kicker - once we owned the phones for a year (which, for us, is today), we'd be allowed to turn in the phones and upgrade to the newest model, without any cost or penalty.


Is Apple's iPhone Upgrade Plan Right for You?

WIRED

Dropping at least 650 to get an iPhone 7 is a hefty burden. Thankfully, mobile carriers and Apple have both made it easy for iPhone lovers to still get the latest phone without having to pay the full amount up front. Under the industry's standard payment plans, the full cost of the phone is spread out over 24 payments, so you slowly pay off the phone over two years. But the carriers' plans and Apple's plan have different terms. So which one is better for you?


Is Apple's iPhone Upgrade Plan Right for You?

WIRED

Dropping at least $700 to get an iPhone 8 is a hefty burden. Thankfully, mobile carriers and Apple have both made it easy for iPhone lovers to still get the latest phone without having to pay the full amount up front. Under the industry's standard payment plans, the full cost of the phone is spread out over 24 payments, so you slowly pay off the phone over two years. But the carriers' plans and Apple's plan have different terms. So which one is better for you?