Posted 09/14/2015 at 4:10pm | by Leif Johnson
Naysayers, repent: Apple is already claiming that the preorders for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are well on their way to outdoing the preorder numbers for last year’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. In other news, Apple CEO Tim Cook will be on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert tomorrow, and the iPad Pro is confirmed to have 4GB of RAM.
Apple Claims iPhone 6s, 6s Plus Preorders “On Pace” to Beat Last Year’s
Many analysts recently claimed that Apple likely wouldn’t see as stellar iPhone sales this year partly in response to China’s troubled economy, but in a statement to CNBC, the Cupertino company set out to prove them wrong. In fact, the company claims that this year could see even better sales of its newest smartphones than last year.
“Customer response to iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus has been extremely positive and preorders this weekend were very strong around the world,” Apple said in its statement. “We are on pace to beat last year’s 10 million unit first-weekend record when the new iPhones go on sale September 25.”
And not only does Apple appear poised to beat analyst estimates, but it seems that the company claims that it has exceeded its own internal estimates as well.
“We are working to catch up as quickly as we can, and we will have iPhone 6s Plus as well as iPhone 6s units available at Apple retail stores when they open next Friday,” the statement said.
Apple so far hasn’t released any specific numbers for the preorders yet, but a more successful opening weekend than last year’s would be impressive, to put it lightly. In addition to selling 10 million units within the first weekend as a whole, Apple also sold a total of 4 million units within the first 24 hours of preorders alone.
We’ve come a long way from the days when Steve Jobs could brag that Apple has sold 4 million iPhones ever.
Tim Cook to Appear on ‘Late Show with Stephen Colbert’
It’s possible we could hear the specific numbers for the pre-orders in an unlikely venue — the new Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Colbert announced on Twitter last Friday that Apple CEO Tim Cook would be a guest on his show tomorrow, Tuesday, September 15. It looks like Colbert is looking forward to the interview, as he posted a photo of himself speaking to Siri through his Apple Watch.
“Siri,” he said in the tweet, “put Apple CEO Tim Cook on my calendar for Tuesday, Sept. 15. Oh, and come up with some questions to ask him.”
Hobnobbing with influential figures outside of the realms of music. movies, and television such as Cook is already the norm for Colbert’s Late Show, which has already seen the former Colbert Report host speaking with key tech and industrial personalities like Tesla CEO Elon Musk. In fact, Colbert appears to be placing tech and (unsurprisingly, considering his past) political figures front-and-center on his new show, as upcoming guests include everyone from Donald Trump and Ted Cruz to Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.
You can catch Colbert’s show at 11:30 p.m. on CBS, or you can (most likely) watch the interview afterward on the show’s YouTube channel.
iPad Pro Confirmed to Have 4GB of RAM
Late last week Adobe caused a stir when it released a press release claiming that, to almost everyone’s surprise, the iPad Pro contained 4GB of RAM. The company quickly removed all references to the RAM in online versions of the release, leading to some speculation that the information was a mistake.
Source: Hamza Sood
Yesterday, however, iOS developer Hamza Sood announced on Twitter that the initial report was right, after all. Based on his findings through the asset catalogs in the development tool Xcode, the iPad Pro contains 4GB of RAM and the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus (as Sood notes, rather unsurprisingly at this point) both contain 2GB.
In the specific words of a followup tweet, “The image asset is chosen based on the memoryClass key in the simdevicetype’s capabilities.plist. 0 = <1GB, 1 = 1GB, 2 = 2GB, 3 = 4GB.”
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