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Apple and Qualcomm aren't on friendly terms right now considering that the two firms are currently embroiled in a long-running legal battle over patents and royalties. Qualcomm claims that Apple owes billions in royalty payments, while Apple maintains that its devices don't infringe on Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm was granted a sales ban on some older iPhone models in China and is now trying to add the iPhone XR and iPhone XS to the sales ban. Any possibility of having its new hotness banned in China has Apple scrambling to ready a software update that completely bypass the Qualcomm patents... Read more...
The stakes in the ongoing legal drama between Apple and Qualcomm are getting higher. Earlier this week, a Chinese court sided with Qualcomm, imposing an import and sales ban on Apple products ranging from the iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus on through to the iPhone X. The basis for the preliminary injunction was that Apple infringed upon two Qualcomm patents. Qualcomm is now going for the throat, and is asking Chinese courts to ban the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR. These represent Apple's most recent iPhones, and according to Apple's own figures, the iPhone XR is currently... Read more...
One of the big pushes for the Trump Administration has been for American companies to keep manufacturing and tech jobs right here at home instead of sending them overseas. With cheaper labors rates in countries like China and India, companies have expanded their global footprints for greater economies of scale. However, Apple's announcement today is sure to make the current administration beam with delight. Apple says that it will construct a new $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas dedicated to research, engineering and customer support. Apple says that the campus will sit on 133... Read more...
Apple and Qualcomm have a very long-running legal battle that has seen the two fighting in court over patent infringement and chip royalties. Qualcomm was also granted an import ban on some iPhones in China, but that ban had no teeth according to Apple. While Qualcomm's CEO has stated it is nearing the end of the legal war with Apple, that seems unlikely.  The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has now announced that it would review a ruling that banned the import of some iPhone models into the U.S., which it says is not in the public interest even if Apple infringed on the patents.... Read more...
Apple has found itself in a legal entanglement with Qualcomm over LTE modem patents and licensing. Apple was a long-time Qualcomm customer, purchasing LTE modems for its popular iPhones and iPads. However, a licensing dispute -- with Apple alleging that Qualcomm was double dipping on fees -- led to an all-out war. Since that time, Apple has gone exclusively with Intel LTE modems for its smartphones and tablets. Looking towards the future, however, Apple appears to be ready to rid itself of both Qualcomm and Intel. A new job listing posted by Apple, first spotted by The... Read more...
Apple fans who have been jealous that Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers have been steep getting discounts this holiday season have something to be happy about. B&H Photo and Video has a deal going right now on the Apple HomePod speaker that sees a brand new unit in white or gray colors offered for less than the refurbished price direct from Apple. B&H is offering a holiday savings of $100 off on Apple HomePod speakers. B&H has a limited supply of HomePod speakers available in Space Gray or White colors for $249 instead of the normal $349 price. The biggest caveat to the B&H... Read more...
In lieu of pitchforks and torches, thousands of ticked off Mac owners are grabbing hold of a petition demanding that "Apple permit NVIDIA to make web drivers that work with all Mac OS versions going forward." The petition, which nearly 3,000 people have signed, is in response to users reporting issues with NVIDIA graphics solutions on Mac systems after upgrading to macOS 10.14 Mojave. "Being able to utilize the hardware acceleration provided by NVIDIA is vital to many of us, as are the bug fixes and features introduced with the application and OS updates. These drivers have always been available,... Read more...
We’re well into the Christmas shopping season, which means that retailers are throwing all kinds of discount at popular tech gear to boost sales. While robust discounts on Apple hardware like iPhones isn’t typical, the “standard” iPad is regularly on sale. The base iPad has an MSRP of $329 and can typically be had on sale for around $300. However, both Target and Amazon are currently selling the tablet for $80 off, making it just $249. This matches the short-lived Black Friday discounts from last month and represents the lowest price we’ve seen... Read more...
What a difference a few weeks make. Back in late November, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf said that his company was "on the doorstep" of coming to a resolution with Apple over LTE modem licensing fees and patents. Qualcomm President Cristiano Amon echoed these comments late last week, adding, "We feel like we are probably near the end of this game — we have a lot of legal milestones approaching. Well, it looks as though a quick and amicable resolution won't be coming anytime soon thanks to legal action in Qualcomm's favor that was executed today. The company announced that the... Read more...
Way back in late 2015, Apple released its first Smart Battery Case intended for use on the iPhone 6s. Priced at $99, the device boosted overall runtimes for the device to 25 hours, but was widely mocked for its ghastly battery "hump" which looked totally out of place with absolutely no attention paid to aesthetics. Things didn't improve with the Smart Battery Case for the iPhone 7. Now it looks as though Apple is ready to take another stab at the accessory three years after it launched the original. Guilherme Rambo did some digging into watchOS 5.1.2 and found a fresh icon that... Read more...
If you weren't able to partake in any Black Friday shopping this year and thought you might have missed the best deals on iPads, you have another chance to score some savings. B&H Photo has a smoking deal going right now on the 12.9-inch iPad Pro from mid-2017. That means this isn't the brand new iPad Pro with the crazy thin bezels that Apple announced in October, but it might be more than enough for most folks out there. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro with 256GB of storage, Wi-Fi, and 4G LTE integrated in gold, silver or space gray is available with a $330 discount. That makes the tablet $749 rather... Read more...
If you were expecting to purchase a 5G-equipped iPhone late next year, you're going to be disappointed. Following up on two previous reports that suggested that Apple won't release a 5G capable iPhone until 2020, another fresh report seemingly adds credence to those rumors. Bloomberg says that the delay in launching 5G smartphones is two-fold. The first issue stems from the fact that Apple is currently feuding with Qualcomm, which has traditionally been Apple's primary supplier for LTE modem chips in its iPhone and iPads. However, patent licensing issues have... Read more...
If you thought that the iOS ecosystem was completely safe from scammy apps and malware, you would be wrong. Apple's App Store certainly has fewer incidences of scammy apps being put up for download by users than Google Play does because Apple checks apps out before they can be offered on the App Store. Apple is now dealing with scammy apps that made it through review and leveraged the Touch ID platform to try and trick users into making payments they didn't want to authorize. Two apps were doing this with one called "Fitness Balance" and the other called "Calories Tracker." Both apps used the same... Read more...
A long overdue federal trial is officially on the horizon: Qualcomm and Apple will meet in a San Diego federal court on April 15, 2019. The two companies have already been battling each other for more than a year over LTE modem licensing fees and patents. Qualcomm originally wanted the jury trial to take place in February, but the date was delayed. U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel noted that the two companies would need to accommodate the court’s busy schedule. He also argued that extra time was needed due to the complexity of the case. Before the trial date was announced, some had speculated... Read more...
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