Apple Stock News: Mac Shipments Up in Q1 2022
Apple Stock News: Apple’s worldwide Mac shipments grew slightly in the first quarter of 2022, according to new PC shipment estimates shared by Gartner. Apple shipped an estimated 7 million Macs in the quarter, up by 8.6% from 6.5 million in the same period last year. Lenovo continued to be the top PC vendor in the first quarter of 2022, shipping 18.3 million units. Apple’s worldwide Mac shipments in the first quarter of 2022 were second only to HP and Lenovo, but both HP and Lenovo declined in worldwide shipments in the first quarter of 2022.
Square Announced a New Version of its Square Stand Point-of-Sale System
Square today announced a new version of its Square Stand point-of-sale system, which allows businesses to easily accept in-person payments. The new Square Stand is available to order in the U.S. today for $149. The Stand is compatible with 10.2-inch and 10.5-inch iPad models. Ipads must be purchased separately, but the Square POS app is free to use.
The second generation of Square Stand combines the iPad, Square POS app, and built-in support, a payment reader for contactless payments such as Apple Pay, and chipped credit and debit cards. The new Square Stand makes it easy to turn to customers at checkout. There are several ways to Pay, including tapping on an iPhone or Apple Watch with Apple Pay, tapping on a card with a supported chip, or inserting a card with a supported chip.
Apple plans to bring satellite connectivity to the Apple Watch
Apple plans to bring satellite connectivity to the Apple Watch in the future, which will allow emergency text messages and SOS response functions to be delivered directly to the user’s wrist. The feature could launch with the iPhone 14 as early as this year. After launching the iPhone, Apple plans to bring the technology to the Apple Watch. Apple’s plan involves letting users take advantage of two parts of the satellite connection. The first, called “Emergency Messaging by Contact,” allows users to send short text messages to emergency services and contacts over the satellite network when there is no available cellular signal. The new protocol will appear as a gray bubble in the Messages application.
iPhone and MacBook Productions Suspended
Key Apple suppliers that make iPhones and MacBooks have suspended production at key locations as new restrictions and lockdown. Pegatron, one of Apple’s leading iPhone suppliers after Foxconn, has suspended iPhone production at its factories in Shanghai and Kunshan. The two factories are Pegatron’s only two production sites for iPhones, with suppliers responsible for producing 20-30% of all iPhones.
Quanta, another Apple supplier for the MacBook Air and MacBook Pro, revealed that it had suspended production in Shanghai since the beginning of the month. Dozens of other suppliers that are directly or indirectly part of Apple’s supply chain were also disrupted.