iPhone continues to be most popular smartphone among teenagers, Apple Watch is gaining market share

Piper Sandler reports continued trend for iPhone to be most popular smartphone among US teenagers.

87% of teens own an iPhone; 88% expect an iPhone to be their next phone; 34% own an Apple Watch.

Piper Sandler

Report also contains information on spending, jobs, digital content consumption and so on.

Piper Sandler: Taking Stock With Teens – Fall 2023 Survey


Some users report another issue with iPhone 15 – crackling sounds

There are reports that built-in speakers of iPhone 15 produce crackling sounds while playing audio in some cases. At this moment it is hard to evaluate how widespread the issue is. Issue seem to be affecting both Pro and non-Pro models.

According to reports, high volume playback of high frequency sounds could be triggering the issue.

At this moment, Apple seem to be replacing iPhones affected by this issue at no cost.

Reference: Some iPhone 15 users complain about crackling sound with built-in speakers

Upcoming iOS 17 update should mitigate iPhone 15 overheating issue

Apple commented on iPhone 15 overheating issue reported by some users. Company mentions that some third party applications running on iOS 17 causing overheating for some users. Apps include Instagram, Uber, and Asphalt 9: Legends. Apple is said to be working with developers to address this issue.

We have identified a few conditions which can cause iPhone to run warmer than expected. The device may feel warmer during the first few days after setting up or restoring the device because of increased background activity. We have also found a bug in iOS 17 that is impacting some users and will be addressed in a software update. Another issue involves some recent updates to third-party apps that are causing them to overload the system. We're working with these app developers on fixes that are in the process of rolling out.

Apple statement as referenced by MacRumors

At this moment no updates are published yet.


Weekend good reads for Apple developers #2023/38

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro are arriving to first customers. Hopefully, you've got the model you wanted and now you have some time to go through interesting reads.

And this is it for today. Have some fun over the weekend (especially if you got your new iPhone) and get back next Friday for another pack of great reads!

Apple to launch software update for iPhone 12 following France probes

Recently France announced that iPhone 12 breaks requirements for radiation levels with one of the recent software updates. Apple is now expected to issue a software update to mitigate the issue.

Belgium is also investigating iPhone 12 radiation levels after France investigation results were announced.


Wonderlust event recap – new iPhones, Apple Watches

Apple hosted its Wonderlust special event. As expected, Apple unveiled new iPhones and Apple Watch models.

Apple Watch Series 9

New Apple Watch Series 9 gets new S9 system-on-chip with updated CPU and GPU. New screen now has brightness up to 1,000 nits. And lowest brightness is now 1 nit. S9 allows on-device Siri recognition for many use cases.

New "double tap" hand gesture (similar to previously implemented accessibility features) allows one hand responses and actions to be performed on Apple Watch.

New UWB chip will improve Apple Watch spatial awareness, allowing, for example, precise iPhone lookup with directions and distance display.

Apple Watch Ultra 2

Ultra 2 gets same S9 system-on-chip, screen is improved to have 3,000 nits maximum brightness.

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus

iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are powered by A16 chip introduced in iPhone 14 Pro models.

iPhone 15 models now gain Dynamic Island. Charging port is now changed to USB-C with USB 2.0 data transfer speeds.

Also, iPhone 15 main camera is now similar to iPhone 14 Pro with 48MP resolution.

iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max

iPhone 15 Pro is running on A17 PRO chip. iPhone 15 Pro has titanium frame to reduce weight. Mute switch is replaced by Action button. iPhone 15 Pro Max has 5x camera with pentaprism design. USCB-C connector in iPhone 15 Pro supports USB 3.0.

Also iPhone 15 Pro could record spatial videos that will provide depth when viewing in Apple Vision Pro.

iPhone 15 Pro Max now has base model with 256GB of storage.

iCloud Storage Tiers

Apple introduces new iCloud storage tiers – 6TB and 12TB available for purchase later priced $30 and $60 respectively.


Apple now replaces leather accessories with new FineWoven material. This includes Apple Watch bands as well as iPhone cases.

OS Updates

Release Candidates are now available for iOS/iPadOS 17, macOS 14 Sonoma, watchOS 10 and tvOS 17. As well as iOS and iPadOS 16.7. Xcode 15 is also available as Release Candidate.

iOS/iPadOS 17, watchOS 10 and tvOS 17 are to be released on September 18. macOS 14 Sonoma will be released on September 26.

You could watch event replay on YouTube.

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New iPhone models still coming to China despite government ban

China government ban on foreign electronic devices might not affect plans on Apple making iPhone generally available in China.

AppleInsider reports that China government provided comment on device ban.

In a statement obtained by AppleInsider and other venues, the China foreign ministry has officially stated that "products and services of any country are welcome as long as they comply with China's laws and regulations."


Also, China Mobile denies allegations that company plans to stop selling iPhones in China.

Morgan Stanley analysts claim that China iPhone ban will have much smaller effect on Apple than other companies anticipate.

"Said differently, while China is critical to Apple's success, Apple is also critical to the Chinese economy," continues Morgan Stanley, "and therefore while the potential for a broad decoupling between Apple and China in this multipolar world clearly exists, we don't believe recent headlines are necessarily foreshadowing this 'worst case' scenario."

Morgan Stanley also notes that it assumes "most Chinese government officials... already own a smartphone from domestic OEMs." So the banning of iPhones could have even less effect than it might have done.



Report show increasing use of Macs, growth iPhone marketshare in China

Reports show that Windows 10 end of support in 2025 could actually benefit Mac marketshare.

Kandji's Apple in the Enterprise Report shows that majority (more than 90%) of IT professionals praise Apple device deployment in the workplace and this delivers business advantage. Other findings include:

  • 76% of large enterprises report an increase in their use of Apple devices in the past year.
  • 57% report that Apple device use is growing faster than other device options.
  • 67% of IT professionals report an increase in employee productivity with Apple devices.
  • Over half of the respondents report reliability and long lifecycle as major benefits.
  • Over half of IT professionals surveyed report that iPhone and iPad are better for the productivity and user experience of remote/hybrid employees compared to 15% for Android.
  • 30% of IT professionals report reduced total cost of ownership with Apple adoption.
  • One of the most compelling statistics in the report is that 76% of IT professionals say that Windows or Android devices are more likely to be targeted in a cyberattack than Apple devices.

TechInsight's Global Shipment Report, China accounted for 24% of all ‌iPhone‌ shipments in Q2 2023, while the U.S. market accounted for 21%. 

Omdia's report highlights that iPhone 14 Pro Max is best selling model overall.

IDC: Global PC Shipments Expected to Return to Growth in 2024 Albeit Below 2019 Pre-Pandemic Levels, According to IDC

Kandji: Apple in the Enterprise Report

Omdia: iPhone 14 Pro Max is most shipped smartphone in the first half of this year