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It looks as though another Apple supplier might need to find an additional large customer or start thinking about a “Plan B”. Last week, it was reported that Imagination Technologies GPUs won’t be used in future iPhones (likely 2018 onwards), which sent shares in the company plunging by more than 70 percent. Today, it is Dialog Semiconductor’s time to face the music according to Bloomberg. The publication is reporting that in its effort to bring more chip design in-house, Apple will drop Dialog as a supplier of the power management integrated circuits (PMIC) that go into every iPhone it sells.... Read more...
Apparently Apple was not bluffing last week when it told longtime partner Imagination Technologies that it was parting ways and planning to build its own graphics processors for use in iPhone and iPad devices. While that could have been a negotiating tactic (and still might be), Apple has posted job listings looking for help in developing home grown GPUs for mobile products. Imagination Technologies has been licensing its graphics technology to Apple for many years, dating back to the iPod era. Its graphics IP is found in several of Apple's products, including its iPhone, iPad, iPod, and even Apple... Read more...
The iPhone 8 is expected to be the most significant upgrade to Apple’s flagship smartphone range to date. The iPhone 8 will likely usher in an all-new premium design with an OLED display, and demand is expected to initially far outpace supply. The iPhone 8 will likely be unveiled alongside both the 4.7-inch iPhone 7s and 5.5-inch iPhone 7s Plus — both of which will be slight refreshes of the current iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. These “lesser” iPhones are expected to be available shortly after their official September announcement. However, Apple analyst Brian White says that the iPhone 8 will... Read more...
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For whatever reason, Apple continues to drag its feet in offering a true laptop with a touchscreen display. However, it hasn't abandoned touch functionality on laptop systems completely. Apple introduced the Touch Bar on its latest MacBook Pro model, which replaces the row of Function keys at the top, and now it's been discovered that Apple filed a patent to dock an iPhone or iPad onto a MacBook-looking laptop.Apple's application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is for an "electronic accessory device" that can "extend and expand usefulness of a portable computing device." Put... Read more...
Apple is not going to play ball with a group of hackers that is threatening to remotely wipe hundreds of millions of iPhone devices if the Cupertino outfit refuses to pay a ransom. While the hackers claim to have a large cache of iCloud and other Apple email account data at their disposal, Apple insists that its systems and servers remain secure and have not been infiltrated."There have not been any breaches in any of Apple's systems including iCloud and Apple ID," an Apple spokesperson told multiple media outlets. "The alleged list of email addresses and passwords appears to have been obtained... Read more...
Bitcoin seems to be the currency of choice when it comes to demanding ransoms, and that is because culprits demanding payment can hide behind a pseudonym (Bitcoin itself is not actually anonymous). So it is no surprise that a hacking organization has instructed Apple to fork over a Bitcoin ransom in exchange for not leaking a cache of iCloud and other Apple email accounts belonging to hundreds of millions of iPhone owners.The hackers call themselves the "Turkish Crime Family." In addition to accepting Bitcoin, the group has told Apple it would also be fine with being paid in Ethereum, which is... Read more...
Amazon’s Alexa AI voice assistant is making a run for Apple’s iOS platform, and it is doing so with its Amazon app for the iPhone and iPad. This move effectively turns your iPhone into an Echo-type device, allowing you access to the thousands of skills in Alexa’s rapidly expanding repertoire. Accessing Alexa is quite simple; you only need to tap the microphone button, which resides beside the camera button within the Amazon app. From there, you can ask Alexa to play music, tell you the weather forecast, make a purchase via Amazon, track a package, or any other number of functions that you might... Read more...
It has been over five years since Apple introduced Siri, which came baked into the iPhone 4S. Since that time, the idea of using a digital assistant has become popular in the mobile space with other players introducing their own digital assistants. One of them is Google. Android users have grown accustomed to using Google Assistant, and though the virtual assistant is primarily an Android tool, it may be making its way to iOS.The notion of Google Assistant sitting alongside Siri on iPhone devices was revealed at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this past weekend. Google product management director... Read more...
Given that we’re quickly approaching Spring, next generation iPhone rumors are really starting to pick up steam. The iPhone is coming up on its tenth anniversary, which means that people are expecting something really big from Apple for the fall reveal of the iPhone 8. The latest news to come down from the rumor mill is that the flagship smartphone will include 3D facial recognition technology thanks to the help of a laser scanner. In his research note, JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall says that the scanner will replace Touch ID, and has the potential to be more a secure method of authentication. While... Read more...
We are still at least 6 months away from the reveal of Apple’s next generation iPhone, but leaks from the Cupertino, California-based company’s supply chain are already giving us some insight into what to expect. The latest info pouring out regards the suppliers that Apple has selected to produce the iPhone 8’s OLED display. First things first, it’s reported that Samsung has won a secondary $4.3 billion contract to produce OLED screens for the iPhone 8. Samsung has already allegedly been tasked with producing 100 million OLED screens for this year’s launch, but this contract expansion will see... Read more...
It looks as though Apple may have just confirmed one of the biggest rumors concerning the upcoming iPhone 8 flagship that will launch this fall. The company this week popped up as a member of the Wireless Power Consortium — the group behind the Qi wireless standard. More than 200 companies belong to the consortium, including some big names in the mobile industry like Samsung, LG, HTC, Qualcomm and Huawei. This confirmation comes just days after Mac Otakara suggested that the iPhone 8 design will return to a glass back (like the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s) and will support wireless power delivery. In... Read more...
Just a couple of weeks ago, we wrote about the Israeli security firm Cellebrite, and how it suffered a major data breach. After the information began to trickle out, it seemed like no real damage was done. Cellebrite itself said that what leaked was an old, irrelevant backup. A new discovery, however, questions that answer. If you're not familiar with Cellebrite, it was the firm that the U.S. government hired to break into an iPhone 5c to aide with investigation of the December 2015 San Bernardino terror attack. Apple at the time refused to help crack the phone, so Cellebrite was brought in, and... Read more...
The losing streak is over. For the past three quarters, Apple has reported lower earnings on a year-over-year basis thanks in part to declining iPhone and Mac sales. However, Apple turned the tide for fiscal Q1 2017 by delivering a record $78.4 billion in revenue for the quarter compared to $75.9 billion one year ago. Earnings per share came in $3.36 per share compared to “The Street” estimate of $3.21 per share. Net profit stood at $17.9 billion for the quarter. International sales amounted to 64 percent of all of Apple’s quarterly revenue. iPhone sales inched up to 78.3 million units, compared... Read more...
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