Will the new 5G iPhone be delayed due to coronavirus?
2020 has been widely mooted as the year 5G goes mainstream, with flagship handsets from major manufacturers featuring support for the next generation wireless communications technology. Samsung’s S20 series of phones all support 5G, for instance, while Apple’s upcoming iPhone 12 is widely mooted to also feature the technology.
That’s if the iPhone 12 even comes out this year. As has been widely reported, the anticipated September launch of the flagship phone may be pushed back, with experts speaking to Bloomberg anticipating a push-back of a month owing to supply issues and the inability of engineers to meet with manufacturers.
Somewhat ironically, 5G could ease some of the burdens put upon a quarantined populace thanks to its low latency and high speeds, were its wider availability not being delayed. Remote working, for instance, would be aided by the smoother connections it enables, with glitchy, low-resolution video calls potentially becoming a thing of the past.
Coronavirus is already having a significant impact on Apple, which is tied up in China in both a manufacturing and sales sense. Supply has been hit by the slower than expected reopening of stores, while demand has been equally affected by the closure of stores in the country.
Such developments caused Apple to issue revised revenue guidance last month, with the fears being born out in reality by a precipitous fall in sales. As reported by Reuters, over the course of February only 494,000 iPhones were sold in China, compared to 1.27 million in February 2019. In January 2020, meanwhile, Apple sold some two million devices.
Apple is not alone in the struggle, with only 6.34 million total mobile phone devices sold in the country in February - a reduction of 54.7% compared to the same month last year, when 14 million were sold. Chinese manufacturers such as Huawei and Xiami, whose Android devices make up the bulk of the market, are especially impacted by virtue of it being their home market.
How can technology help cut business costs?
Businesses are always looking for ways to cut costs and help increase profitability. Choosing quick fixes that reduce expenses, such as redundancies, can often decrease quality, and also impede the company’s reputation.
Upgrading technology and how the company use it can improve the business, although it may require an upfront investment, it will help save money in the long run. We take a look at some of the different ways that technology can help improve business costs.
Time is precious when you have a business, every hour counts, and the budget accounts for each hour, whether that be operating costs or paying employees. Implementing efficient processes is a way to decrease delays, and make sure the business runs smoothly.
Technology can help to quicken everyday duties such as:
- Communicating with team members
- Accessing and locating files
- Scheduling meetings and tasks
- Monitoring progress and results
- Managing annual leave and absences
Going paperless is becoming more common, and there are many advantages of paperless environments in the digital age. It eliminates the need for physical storage solutions, so you don’t need to pay for using an off-site storage facility. If you usually keep files in the office, storing them digitally will create more space so that you can grow your team.
With a paperless system filing documents no longer means printing them out, then having to search for them manually later on. Digital storage can be done in seconds, and retrieval involves a quick computer search. The reduction in employee work hours spent on menial tasks is significant.
Moving to the cloud
The 2021 Flexera State of the Cloud Report shows that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on cloud adoption in 2020. The report found that multi-cloud continues to be the dominant strategy, adopted by nearly all surveyed enterprises, 92% of respondents reported having a multi-cloud strategy. 82% are taking a hybrid approach, combining the use of both public and private clouds.
With cloud computing, businesses can store and access data over the internet no matter where they are. It helps employees who are located in different areas to collaborate in a highly convenient and secure manner. Cost saving is one of the biggest Cloud Computing benefits. It helps you to save substantial capital cost as it does not need any physical hardware investments. Also, you do not need trained personnel to maintain the hardware. The buying and managing of equipment is done by the cloud service provider.
Running your business digitally gives you the option to operate remotely, full or part-time. With employees working from home, it enables businesses to downsize or remove the office altogether, to save on rent costs. With minimal staff onsite there will be other savings such as electricity and cleaning. Having remote employees could also reduce the cost of serving refreshments/catering, which some companies offer.
Ensuring your staff members can operate efficiently and safely from home is extremely important. Providing equipment such as laptops, monitors and mobile phones is essential, but to also make sure these devices are secure and have sufficient security measures.
The past year forced businesses to adapt quickly to remote working, and video calls become the norm. Zoom, a popular video call app, generated $2.6 billion revenue in 2020, a 317% increase year-on-year. Instead of paying for travel for client meetings, you can conduct them for free through a video conference tool. You can also access or host webinars through video conferences.