20 Ways to Kick Start Your Motivation Beginning Today

kick start your motivation

Raise your hand if you are motivated all the time? Wish it was so. But not realistic, right? The biggest challenge we face as small business owner’s is staying motivated, interested, on track and engaged, especially when we go through dry patches, interruptions and change.

These cycles are a normal part of the human experience. We simply are not motivated all the time and will go through cycles of ups, downs and stalls. We all need a little push now and then to get back to our routine and tackling things we don’t always want to do. It’s quite amazing, when you think about how much we all deal with on a daily basis, and how well we actually stay on track.

So, what can we do when our motivation gets off for too long?

Whether it’s a secret passion you’ve always wanted to pursue or you just need a nudge to help you tackle work or boring chores, these motivational tips can help you kick start and get back on track and get moving.

Remove Yourself From Situations that Cause Conflict/Confusion

Identify the situations in your life that cause conflict, confusion and angst and step away from them so that you can refocus. These can be friends, family, co-workers and clients. But a brief vacation from them can give you a much needed attitude adjustment that can positively impact your motivation.

Change Up or Simplify Your Routine

Routine can be a very good thing, but it can also get boring and redundant.  Make a few small changes to when you exercise, your driving routes, taking quiet time, family time and having fun.

Stay Focused on Your Daily and Weekly Priorities

Have a weekly calendar of your top priorities. But break it down into the most important daily goals and tasks and push anything else into the another week or day. Don’t get distracted by shiny stuff that isn’t essential for that day.

Remove Disruptive, Difficult, Negative People From Your Life

We choose many of the people we engage with daily. Prune those that are more difficult, disruptive, negative and who create more drama out of the mix.

Change Your Hairstyle and Color, Update Your Sense of Style

Do you basically look and act the same as you did 15-20 years ago? Come on, update your hair style, color and fashion sense. Bring yourself into current times with a simple makeover that will make you feel good about yourself.

Take Short Trips, Discover New Places

Go and explore areas near where you live that are interesting and fun. Plan a lunch or dinner with friends to a town or area you haven’t been to before. Be adventuresome.

Join a Class, Workshop or Seminar on Something that Fascinates You

There are amazing continuing education opportunities in just about every community to take a class on something that fascinates you, be it art, crafts, writing, chess, travel or just about anything you can think of.  Check your local community colleges, county schools, parks and recreation for ideas.

Start a Free Style Diary of Ideas, Quotes, Thoughts, Poems

It’s amazing what comes out when you just let your creative juices flow and just write. Get a special notebook and make it your “creative, free style writing place”.

Write a Book on Something You Know Really Well

If you’ve always dreamed of being an author, then write an outline on something you know how to do well and can explain. It can be on business practices or personal hobbies. This can easily translate into a book/ebook.

Read Books and Publications on Stimulating Subjects

Do you have interests in things that you want to know more about?  I do, and I try to read up and learn more about them regularly. This always translates into writing or travel ideas.

Visualize Your Success, Act it Out Daily

Sometimes we need to take actions and do things we do not completely yet believe in, but we know have worked for others. Start writing, speaking, painting, piano lessons, volunteering, join and organize around causes, cycling, running. Do something daily that leads you closer to your definition of success in both business and personal areas.

Time Block Your Priorities Weekly, be Accountable for What You do

When you plan out your weekly and daily schedule, block out time for work, family, friends, fun and you. In this day and age of so many responsibilities, activities and choices, we need to plan and prioritize the what, when, how and why of just about everything.

Create, Imagine, Muse and Play

Can’t say enough about developing and allowing time for your creative, imaginative self to engage in play time.  When’s the last time you had a proper vacation and really unplugged to enjoy pure fun?

Pick People that You Want to Get to Know Better, Initiate Activities

Think of a few people you already know or have just met that you would like to get to know better and plan and initiate some activities with them. Plan things that you have in common first and then get more adventuresome.

Develop and Express Your Sense of Humor, Laugh Daily

What’s funny to you? What ignites your sense of humor? Is it comedy clubs, movies, books, art, writing, meet ups, hobbies, athletics that are fun, where you can exercise your humor? Find reasons to laugh daily, which is awesome for your health, too.

Listen to Music, Take up an Instrument or Sing, Fill Yourself with Vibrations that Move You

The power of music in our lives is well documented with children, the elderly, war veterans and the power of a crowd at a concert or festival. In The Power of Music, Elena Mannes explores how music affects different groups of people and how it could play a role in health care.

Adopt and/or Create Your Own Mantras

Inspirational slogans, mantras, sayings and words can help us in challenging moments and give us just the push we need to get through. Pick your favorites, post them so you can see them, say them out loud to yourself so you can hear them.

Do Nothing, be Still and Breathe

Although it sometimes seems a guilty pleasure or waste of time to be quiet, still, breathe and do nothing, it actually can be beneficial and help us relax and get focused. Here are 18 benefits of deep breathing.

Reframe Negativity, Look From Another Perspective

There is an iconic song and lyric by Jonny Mercer written and recorded in 1944 for a movie that says “you have to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative”.  We can’t always change the negative, but we can reframe it in a more positive way so that we find the lessons and the silver lining from it, which is always there if we look for it.

Seek out Circles of Motivational Allies and Positive People

Build coalitions, circles and groups of like minded, thinking and acting people who share your commitment to being motivated, supportive and encouraging.

Groom and Condition Your Body, Mind and Spirit Daily

Finally, by taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, we set ourselves up to have a sense of well being that is essential for finding and sustaining motivation. We should do the very best we can each day to stay on track and seek out help to get back on track when we need it.

Motivation definitely comes and goes based on circumstance, passion, interest and commitment.

Be willing to change things up to kick start your perspective, attitude and habits and you will have the best chance of keeping your mojo flowing and never get too far off track.

What’s first on your motivation list today?

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20 Cheap Drones You Can Afford Today

The Best Cheap Drones - 20 Cheap Drones You Can Afford Today

The growth of the drone market is lowering the price point, and making these aircrafts more accessible to the average person. Whether you are buying one as a toy, a hobby or for a business application, you have many options. And of course these options greatly depend on how much you are willing to pay.

As for the future of drone flight, the Department of Transportation (DOT) and FAA just finalized the rules for small unmanned aircraft systems in June of this year, which will create new opportunities for businesses and governments. Industry estimates cited by the FAA believe this new ruling has the potential to generate more than $82 billion in the US, while creating more than 100,000 new jobs over the next decade.

So, here are 20 best cheap drones — all under $150 — any one of which could be a great way for you or your business to learn as much as possible before you upgrade to the more expensive choices. From the whimsical to the utilitarian, you can buy one just for the fun of it, or to help you get ready to get your share of that $82 billion market.

List of the Best Cheap Drones

Syma X5C

The Best Cheap Drones - Syma X5C

For a drone that costs $40.94 the X5C has all the tools you need to fly, capture video and photos so you can become more proficient. The X5C has a 4CH HD video camera and micro SD card with a flight time of about seven minutes.

Hubsan X4 H107C With HD Camera

The Best Cheap Drones - Hubsan X4 H107C With HD Camera

This small drone comes with a 2MP HD camera $42.49 with a hovering time of nine minutes. The X4 H107C is made by one of the biggest brands in the industry so it has quality even though it is less than $50.

Aerix AERIUS

The Best Cheap Drones - Aerix AERIUS

This is the world’s smallest quadcopter coming in at 3cm x 3cm x 2cm or about 1″ all around with an ultra-Compact 2.4 gHz controller and up to seven minutes of flight time. The company has a US Patent pending on this drone, and it has managed to put many of the specs in big drones, including 6-axis gyro-stabilization, 360 degree rotational yaw and more for $45.

Black Talon – Micro FPV Beginner Racing Drone

The Best Cheap Drones - Black Talon - Micro FPV Beginner Racing Drone

There are some expensive and fast racing drones out there, but if you are just starting the Black Talon has a top speed of 15 MPH with up to seven minutes of flight time for $139. You also have the option of getting the extended flight package so you can fly for up to 25 minutes.

UDI U818A HD

The Best Cheap Drones - UDI U818A HD

If you want a drone with no frills that will give you the necessary skills to learn control, this is it. The U818A is a great pick for aspiring pilots who want to control the flight themselves and take video on a limited budget. The frame protects the rotors and the 4GB micro SD card lets you capture a good amount of video or pictures. The flight time for this $71.98 drone is around nine minutes.

Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam

The Best Cheap Drones - Heli-Max 1SQ V-Cam

The 1SQ is yet another drone with decent camera and controls for capturing images. It takes 1MP still pictures and records video at 1280×720 30fps on the 2GB micro SD it comes with. Some of the functions include, Auto-FLIP for front-to-back, back-to-front or side-to-side somersaults. The $129.99 gets you up to 10 minutes of flight time.

UDI RC U27 FREE LOOP

The Best Cheap Drones - UDI RC U27 FREE LOOP

At only $26 this drone has a 3.7V 450 mAh battery that gives you hovering time of a little more than five and a half minutes. There other micro (50MM) and small (100MM) drones in this price range and cheaper, so if you are a beginner, the FREE LOOP and others in its class are the ideal way to get your feet wet.

SeresRoad JJRC H8C

The Best Cheap Drones - SeresRoad JJRC H8C

The H8C gives you four speed settings that increase in 25 percent increments. The transmitter also offers an LCD monitor with outputs for signal conditions and battery power, which gives you up to 8 minutes of flight time. The $49.75 price tag includes a 2MB HD camera and a 2GB memory card. This drone is large compared to the other ones, coming at 7.87 x 7.87 x 1.97 inch.

WLtoys V686G

The Best Cheap Drones - WLtoys V686G

At $87.90, the V686G gives you a 5.8G real time image transmission first-person view (FPV) 2MP camera with vibration absorber and eight minutes of flight time. The one key return feature ensures your drone gets back to you, and the missile launcher, water cannon, hook & basket and bubble blower adds more fun to your flying experience.

Holy Stone F181

The Best Cheap Drones - Holy Stone F181

The F181 captures 1280 X 720 images and video at 30 fps with the HD camera. The flight time is around eight minutes, and a key 360 degree 4-way flip lets you do so to the left, right, forward and backward with continuous roll for $99.98.

JXD 510G

The Best Cheap Drones - JXD 510G

The 510G has 5.8GHz FPV with high altitude hold mode, Wi-Fi camera, 2MP camera with 720p and optional phone control. The 3.7V 800mAh delivers eight minutes of flight time. The $89.99 price tag varies greatly, so shop around until you get the best price.

JJRC H26D

The Best Cheap Drones - JJRC H26D

The $109 price tag for this drones delivers some great features, including a 3.0MP Wide angle camera, 2-Axis adjustable gimbal and one button return. The flight time is only seven minutes, but the solid construction makes it a great value.

Star Wars Millennium Falcon

The Best Cheap Drones - Star Wars Millennium Falcon

If you are a Star Wars fan, this is definitely a great way to have some fun with a drone. The flight time for the Falcon is five minutes, but it does have some special sound effects to add to the realism. The price varies greatly depending where you get it, the $80.36 is one of the lowest prices.

Longtian Syma X8G

The Best Cheap Drones - Longtian Syma X8G

The camera on this phone is listed at 8MP, which presents great opportunities for capturing high quality images. The 7.4V 2000MAH also delivers one the longest flight times for this price range, with up to 12 minutes. At $147.50 it definitely packs some great features.

Cheerson CX-35

The Best Cheap Drones - Cheerson CX-35

The CX-35 is made by a popular brand, and at $145.99 the quality build and the 2MP wide angle HD camera with independent video transmission system will ensure you get your pictures and video as promised. The 1300mah battery provides up to seven minutes of flight time, and the one-key return along with a low-voltage warning will bring your drone safely back to you.

Potensic F183W

The Best Cheap Drones - Potensic F183W

You can fly the F183 with your smart mobile device when you don’t have the remote using Wi-Fi.  A flight time of seven minutes, 2MP HD FPV camera, two control modes and a 3D flipping button are some of the features of this $107.99 drone. 

DBPOWER U818A

The Best Cheap Drones - DBPOWER U818A

If you want a live video feed in HD from your smart mobile device, the U818A has an FPV Wi-Fi feature to make it possible. The Gravity Induction mode lets you control the drone based on the angle of your phone. And for $139.99, it also has anti-crash safeguards while you are flying for up to 9 minutes with the 3.7V 700mAh battery.

Fayee FY560

The Best Cheap Drones - Fayee FY560

The 5.8G FPV monitor will let you view your images and video over long distances from the HD 2.0MP camera. The 360 degree accurate localization feature will let you see where your drone is at all times. The flight time for this $140.31 air craft is around eight minutes.

MJX X101

The Best Cheap Drones - MJX X101

The X101 lets you choose three different type of cameras depending on your needs. It has 3D flips tumbling skills, 6-axis gyro stabilization system and a search light are some of the features. With a flight time of 10 minutes, the $149.99 price tag may well be worth it.

Helizone

The Best Cheap Drones - Helizone

The Anti-Shock System of the Helizone captures high quality shots by stabilizing the camera with the shock absorbers. The Transmitter Control Mode and Throttle Limit Mode give you different flight modes and limits the throttle if you are a beginner. The drone is priced at $139.99

ELENKER 509G

The Best Cheap Drones - ELENKER 509G

The 509G is a 5.8G FPV with an X design that includes a 2.0MP camera, 6-axis gyro and a flight time of six minutes. For $135.99 you get a one-button return and fixed altitude function for better control.

* * *The features on drones in this price range are pretty much the same. And since the industry is growing, there are many manufacturers, so you have numerous options.While these prices may change, they were accurate at the time of  reporting and should give you  a good idea of where to get started.
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Lenovo Vibe K5 Note to Launch in India Today

Lenovo Vibe K5 Note to Launch in India Today

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The K5 Note was launched in China in January
  • It is expected to be priced at around Rs. 11,500
  • It’s powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 SoC

Lenovo is all set to launch the Vibe K5 Note in India on Monday. The Chinese company has already confirmed that the Lenovo Vibe K5 Note will be exclusive to its e-commerce retail partner Flipkart, and is expected to go on sale (or registrations) starting Monday itself.

The company has been teasing several features of the new Vibe K5 Note, such as 4GB of RAM. Now,Lenovo India in its series of social posts has also confirmed that the handset will sport a Secure Zone. The feature is likely to allow users sign-in to apps with two separate accounts and looks similar to Xiaomi’s Second Space feature in the new MIUI 8 ROM.

(Also see: Lenovo K5 Note vs. Lenovo Vibe K4 Note vs. Lenovo K3 Note)

Over the weekend, Lenovo also announced an offer to preview the Vibe K5 Note. Flipkart in an exclusive partnership with Ola, an app-based taxi hailing service, is offering customers an opportunity to experience Lenovo Vibe K5 Note from the Ola app before interested customers buy it on Flipkart.

With the offer, an interested consumer will be able to preview the handset through an on-demand service at the customer’s doorstep. The service will be available to consumers on requesting an Ola Prime cab. According to the offer, this will be available to Ola users in five cities- Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, and Pune from Monday.

The Lenovo K5 Note packs a lot of improvements over the K4 Note such as an all-metal body. Another highlight feature of the handset is its fingerprint scanner, placed below the camera module on the rear panel – though a similar sensor was on board the Vibe K4 Note as well. The handset also packs Dolby Atmos powered speakers which is the highlight on the K4 Note as well.

Lenovo K5 Note

Lenovo K5 Note

Display

5.50-inch

Processor

1.8GHz

Front Camera

8-megapixel

Resolution

1080×1920 pixels

RAM

2GB

OS

Android 5.1

Storage

16GB

Rear Camera

13-megapixel

Battery capacity

3500mAh

See full Lenovo K5 Note specifications
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    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Silver, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
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    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Grey, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
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Xiaomi Mi Max First Flash Sale Today

Xiaomi Mi Max First Flash Sale Today

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Xiaomi Mi Max has been launched at Rs. 14,999 for 3GB RAM model
  • The Mi Max will be available in its first flash sale via Mi.com
  • The sale kicks off at 2pm IST today

Xiaomi Mi Max, which was launched in India last week, will be available via a flash sale, its first, at 2pm IST on Wednesday via Mi.com.

Priced at Rs. 14,999, only one variant of the Xiaomi Mi Max with 3GB RAM/ 32GB inbuilt storage/ Snapdragon 650 SoC will be available in the first flash sale. The company has already confirmed that the Snapdragon 652 variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage will also be available soon in India, priced at Rs. 19,999. But there’s no word yet on when this will be.

Some of the bundled offers available with the Mi Max include 3 months of free movies on Hungama Play and 1 year of unlimited music on Hungama Music for the first 1 million Mi Max, Mi 5, and Redmi Note 3 users users. The Chinese company also announced Free Batman vs. Superman movie streaming for the first 10,000 Mi Max users.For specifications, the Xiaomi Mi Max features a massive 6.44-inch full-HD (1080×1920) display with a pixel density of 342ppi. The display is the biggest attraction of the Mi Max. It sports a 16-megapixel rear camera that offers phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and LED flash. The phablet also bears a 5-megapixel front camera also on board with 85-degree wide-angle view. Both cameras have an f/2.0 aperture.

The dual-SIM Xiaomi Mi Max supports 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS with Glonass, and Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Mimo. It is backed by a massive 4850mAh battery, measures 173.1×88.3×7.5mm, and weighs in at 203 grams. The smartphone sports an infrared emitter to act as a universal remote control, apart from an ambient light sensor, gyroscope, accelerometer, and proximity sensor.

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Xiaomi Mi Max

Xiaomi Mi Max

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Pleasing aesthetics and build quality
  • Vivid display
  • Good performance
  • Strong battery life
  • 4K video support
  • Bad
  • Unwieldy
  • Low-light camera quality is average
  • Hybrid SIM slot
Read detailed Xiaomi Mi Max review
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    Xiaomi Mi 4i (White, 16GB)
    Rs. 11,999
  • Amazon
    Xiaomi Mi 5 (White, 32GB)
    Rs. 22,999
  • Amazon
    Xiaomi Mi 5 (Black, 32GB)
    Rs. 22,999
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Lenovo Vibe K5 to Be Made Available via Open Sale From Today

Lenovo Vibe K5 to Be Made Available via Open Sale From Today

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The 4G-enabled Vibe K5 is priced at Rs. 6,999
  • It is available in open sale via Amazon India
  • It runs on a Snapdragon 415 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM

Lenovo’s recently unveiled Vibe K5 smartphone will be available via its first open sale from Monday. Interested consumers can purchase the Lenovo Vibe K5 in open sale via Amazon India, which no longer requires users to register in advance.

The Chinese company announced the open sale for the Vibe K5 last week and also revealed that it sold over 100,000 units of the smartphone across two flash sales, with 48,500 units sold in the last sale. Lenovo India also says that it is ramping up the production of the Vibe K5 to meet demand in the country.

The Lenovo Vibe K5 is a dual-SIM (Micro-SIM cards) smartphone that was first unveiled back at MWC 2016 alongside the Vibe K5 Plus. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus however made it to India in March at Rs. 8,499.To refresh on the specifications of the Lenovo Vibe K5, it features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 415 processor clocked at 1.4GHz paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of built-in storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel fixed-focus camera. The smartphone is backed by a 2750mAh battery which is claimed to offer a standby time of up to 322 hours on 4G network, and a talk time of up to 15 hours on 3G network. It supports dual Micro-SIMs; measures 142x71x8.2mm, and weighs 150 grams.

Connectivity options include Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/ A-GPS, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, and 4G. The Vibe K5 comes with LTE Cat 4 support which means it can match download speeds of up to 150Mbps and an upload speed of up to 50Mbps. It sports aluminium casing and comes with Dolby Atmos.

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Lenovo Vibe K5

Lenovo Vibe K5

Rs. 6,999

  • Design

  • Display

  • Software

  • Performance

  • Battery life

  • Camera

  • Value for money

  • Good
  • Looks good
  • Good camera performance
  • Decent battery life
  • Bad
  • Display has poor viewing angles
  • Weak overall performance
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  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Silver, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Gold, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
  • Amazon
    Lenovo Vibe K5 (Grey, 16GB)
    Rs. 6,999
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Apple to unveil new iPhone today, aims to capture lower end of market

Apple iPhone

Since Apple introduced the first iPhone in 2007, mobile handsets have only gotten bigger. Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook will buck that trend today when he presents a smaller iPhone, seeking to entice holdouts to upgrade to a new smartphone even if they don’t want a larger device.

The ambitions for the new phone may be commensurate to its diminutive size. Unlike previous new iterations of the device, the 4-inch iPhone won’t be packed full of technological innovations intended to send hordes of Apple fans queuing around the block on launch day to snap it up. Instead, it’s meant to woo those still clinging to the more than two-year-old 5S or 5C, the last models with the more compact screen.

“It will really just replace the 5S at the low end of the lineup,” said Chris Caso, a New York-based Susquehanna International Group analyst with a positive rating on Apple shares. “The 5S is getting a bit old now and won’t run the operating system that well for much longer.”

The company is rolling out the new phone two months after saying quarterly sales were likely to decline for the first time in more than a decade, highlighting concern that iPhone growth has reached its limits. While analysts from UBS Group AG to RBC Capital Markets predict that shipments of the iPhone SE – the expected name of the new model – will be about 15 million annually, its smaller size and lower price could encourage existing customers to step up at a time of year when sales often decelerate. Apple sold more than 231 million iPhones in 2015, with sales dipping between April and September, as has been the case in previous years.

Apple is introducing the new, smaller iPhone at a time when customers are holding onto their handsets longer. Global wireless carriers are no longer subsidising new iPhone purchases like they once did, making customers question whether the improvements warrant the expenditure on new models. A slowing upgrade cycle is something Apple has experienced with the iPad, which has seen sales steadily decline for several quarters.

“The replacement cycle for iPhones has stretched to 27 months,” compared with the 23 months of two years ago, RBC analyst Amit Daryanani wrote in a note to clients. The new handset will “ensure that consumers who have a three-year-old 5S or 5C don’t switch to Android for lack of new iPhone products.”

Apple readies a small bite

An older iPhone owner who’s looking to upgrade can currently either spend $549 on the basic version of the iPhone 6 – the 2014 edition – or buy a less-expensive Android-based phone. Apple’s new lower-end model may persuade customers to stick with the company’s products, allowing it to sell services through the App Store or subscription-based products such as Apple Music and iCloud. The new smartphone will boast a faster processor than the 5S, a person familiar with the details has said. Like the iPhone 5C, it may also be available in a variety of colours, analysts have said.

Cook will wield a new iPad at Monday’s event as well, details about which are scant. The tablet has endured its own revenue drop – unit sales fell by a quarter in the three months through December – as users have been happy to retain older models as their phones perform more of the same functions. (Article continues below infographic)

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Releasing the new 4-inch iPhone – which will be manufactured in smaller volumes – now also provides an opportunity for Apple to try out new component suppliers ahead of the next generation of the larger, flagship phone that will be revealed later this year, according to Tim Arcuri, a San Francisco-based Cowen & Co analyst who rates Apple market perform.

“It’s as much a supply chain move from Tim Cook to systematically bring in some new suppliers,” Arcuri said, adding that the product may reduce costs by making the supplier bidding process more competitive. “If I’m Apple, I’m not going to take the risk with a new supplier on a brand new phone, but I can do it on what is essentially an existing product.”

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