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Apple appreciated the exclusive right to supply modems for the iPhone in $ 1 billion

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Qualcomm sought to become the sole supplier of modems for the Apple iPhone to offset the “incentive payment” in the amount of $ 1 billion, which insisted Apple and not to block competitors — reported by Steve Mollenkopf (Steve Mollenkopf), Executive Director of Qualcomm, last Friday at the hearing of the suit filed by the FTC.

Payment from Qualcomm was part of the agreement with Apple, signed in 2011. She had to reduce costs Apple to switch from the previously used Infineon modems.

According to Mollenkopf, the industry common payments of this kind, but not of this size.

Apple оценила право эксклюзивно поставлять модемы для iPhone в 1 млрд долларов

In accordance with the agreement of 2011, the company Qualcomm has been named the sole supplier of modems for Apple in exchange for a discount, the terms of which were not disclosed. It is known that Apple could choose another provider, but would have lost the discount.

Antitrust authorities claim that the deal with Apple was part of the model of the behavior of Qualcomm, aimed at preserving a dominant position in the chip market modems.

According to the testimony of Mollenkopf, Apple demanded $ 1 billion without any guarantees of volume purchases, which pushed Qualcomm to an exclusive agreement to ensure the reimbursement of specified payments.

An Apple representative said that the company aims to use at least two suppliers for each component, but abandoned the idea to use iPad Mini 2 modem Intel not to lose a discount on the modems Qualcomm.

“They made use of another vendor’s chip is very unappealing to us — leads the source words of Tony Blevins (Tony Blevins), meet in the Apple supply chain. — The discounts were very, very large”.

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Part of the Apple Watch Series 5 will get a display manufacturing Japan Display

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Well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo (Ming-Chi Kuo), which last year moved from KGI Securities International Securities in the TF, but, contrary to initial information, continued to give subsequently confirmed predictions about products Apple, announced that Apple Watch 5 Series will use OLED display manufacturing Japan Display.

Thus, he confirmed the information published by Reuters in April.

Часть часов Apple Watch Series 5 получит дисплеи производства Japan Display

Evaluation of the launch of Japan Display gets about 20% of orders for displays for the Apple Watch Series 5. The percentage of orders will gradually increase, and by 2021 will reach 70-80%.

The company Japan Display later entered the market with OLED and was in a difficult financial situation, as demand for LCD screens dropped before the company managed to make OLED panel as a new source of income. In July failed to agree on the receipt of fundsnecessary to avoid bankruptcy. According to unofficial data, the $ 100 million of the total amount of 738 million dollars received from Apple.

Note that as of April this year, the company Japan Display already owed Apple a billion dollars. The iPhone maker is the most important client Display — in 2018, he earned nearly 60% of revenue.

The announcement of the Apple Watch Series 5 is expected in September, simultaneously with the new iPhone.

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Corephotonics delivers the third lawsuit against Apple

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Israeli company Corephotonics dealing with camera technology, has filed a lawsuit against Apple. The plaintiff claims that some of its patents are violated in modern smartphones iPhone, equipped with dual cameras.

Corephotonics подает третий иск против Apple

In recent years, the company Corephotonics has already filed several lawsuits against Apple, and in 2012 the parties are negotiating about cooperation, but I can’t find a compromise.

For many years, Corephotonics have discussed the modules with two cameras with a team of Apple engineers. Moreover, in 2012, Apple was granted access to the five-element lens, in 2014, test boards and lenses, as well as software tools for the modeling of lenses and prototypes. According to the plaintiff, it was extremely important for the development of the cameras of the iPhone.

In 2016, Apple released the iPhone 7 Plus, not having signed a pre-deal with Corephotonics. Then Corephotonics tried to negotiate with Apple about a partnership, but to no avail.

Later, after examining the camera modules Plus the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 Plus, a developer of technology came to the conclusion that they use its patents, which Apple did not think to license. In November 2017, the company Corephotonics has filed the first lawsuit. The second lawsuit followed in April 2018, and touched the iPhone X, and this claim is referred to the iPhone XS and XS Max.

It remains to add that some time ago the company Corephotonics acquired company Samsung, paying $ 155 million.

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Apple confirmed the iPhone battery lock and explained the cause

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As you know, Apple lets you replace the battery in modern smartphones iPhone, a software by blocking access to information about the battery status, if a replacement is not made in our own service center Apple or to an authorized service center.

This includes new models, including the XR iPhone, iPhone XS iPhone XS Max.

According to the source, the producer confirmed that this feature was introduced last year, and explained her introduction to a desire to ensure the safety of the users.

Компания Apple подтвердила блокировку батарей iPhone и объяснила ее причину

Apple said that only in the US there are over 1,800 authorised service centres. The advice centre ensures that the battery installed is new and the replacement will perform certified specialist, following the Protocol defined by Apple. Failure to comply with this Protocol may lead to problems with security and performance.

It remains to add that under AppleCare+, or a one-year warranty the repair will be free, but otherwise, replacement will have to shell out 69 dollars.

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