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European court places ban on older iPhones

Written on Sunday, 06 January 2019 11:40

Chipmaker Qualcomm has won a patent dispute against phone giant Apple.

Following a ruling in the District Court of Munich, Apple will no longer sell iPhone 7 and 8 across German stores and websites.

The court ruled that Apple phones were infringing on Qualcomm’s intellectual property related to power saving technology in two of its older smartphones.

Qualcomm was required to post a $1.34 billion security bond with German courts before it would take effect.

Apple’s German website no longer features the iPhone 7 and 8, listing only the newer models such as the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.  

The court has also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third party resellers.

Contrary to the ban, Apple assured that “all iPhone models remain available to customers through carriers and resellers in 4,300 locations across Germany,” and has plans to appeal the ruling.

The injunction is the latest development amidst an ongoing feud between Apple and Qualcomm. The California-based phone maker sued Qualcomm in the United States and in China, accusing the company of extortion and anticompetitive conduct in its negotiations over patent licensing.

In December, Qualcomm won a Chinese lawsuit that forced Apple to recall its products due to a copyright infringement. The court ruled that Apple had violated two of Qualcomm’s software patents specifically related to resizing pictures and managing applications.

To lift the ban, Apple released a small update to its iOS version 12.1.2, which contains software changes exclusive to China.

Following the hearing, Apple described the ban as “another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world.”

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Apple Inc. reported strong Q4 results on Tuesday, 31 January, ending a streak of previous unfavorable financial reports in 2016. A rebound in iPhone sales saw Apple’s profits lifted to record revenue in the past quarter which has eased concerns of slowing growth for the company.

Apple launched its new iPhone 7 model last September which proved to be a strong money-maker for the company, even as profits dipped 2.6 percent to $17.9 billion. Apple’s revenue reached an all-time record $78.4 billion compared with $75.9 billion in the same period the year before, according to the company’s earnings update for the fiscal first quarter ending in December.

In addition, Apple saw its shares rise more than three percent to $125.19 in after-market trades that followed the release of its earnings results. The report shows that Apple sold 78.3 million iPhones during the primetime holiday shopping period, which was up five percent from the same time the previous year.

iPhones account for Apple’s main source of revenue, therefore the strong sales will ease investor concerns after the company experience three quarters of sales decline.

“We’re thrilled to report that our holiday quarter generated Apple’s highest quarterly revenue ever, and broke multiple records along the way,” said Apple chief executive, Tim Cook in the earnings release. “We sold more iPhones than ever before and set all-time revenue records for iPhone, services, Mac and Apple Watch.”

Cook added that revenue grew from online services and digital content, which was led by unprecedented customer activity at Apple’s online App Store, which welcomed 2017 with its busiest single day ever on New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), capping a record-breaking holiday season and a year of unprecedented developer earnings and breakout app hits.

“I have not yet done the numbers, but I think Apple had the best quarter in the history of humanity,” said Asymco analyst Horace Dediu in a comment on Twitter. The only place where Apple didn’t see such strong growth was in China, where it saw revenue drop 12 percent to $16.2 billion, according to the earnings report.

Speaking about the success of Apple’s iPhone 7 which clearly sold well, Neil Saunders, managing director of the research firm GlobalData Retail, said: “While it is arguably not a groundbreaking step forward in terms of new features and functionality, it is clear that Apple did enough to stimulate interest and persuade many consumers to upgrade.”

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Apple confirms iPhone 7 release: Wednesday, September 7

Written on Tuesday, 30 August 2016 10:10

Apple’s latest edition to the iPhone family is almost here. Exclusive invitations have been sent out to media and other guests to join Apple in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Wednesday, September 7, for the iPhone 7 release. There are rumors circulating that a second-generation Apple Watch could also be revealed at the showcase. Pre-orders for the iPhone 7 are expected to begin on Friday, September 9, with sales commencing on September 16.

Despite the anticipation that Apple has built up around its new iPhone 7, many analysts share the belief that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook is trying to hide the fact that the iPhone 7 will feature much of the same technology that other iPhones already have. Apple will also have to face up to challenges such as selling the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. Users of the new device will have to rely on Bluetooth equipped headphones that have licensed the use of a lightning jack from Apple’s Made for iPhone program, reports Forbes.

Convincing people of new changes will always be a challenge for a company like Apple with expensive products. It will require a lot of work to convince people to first purchase the new device, as well as new bulky adaptors or new headphones specifically to use with the iPhone. But Apple is already “laying down the groundwork” to convince its followers that the iPhone 7 isn’t just an iPhone 6 with a few new tweaks.

Apple has set up interviews with media outlets to get the word out. Technology journalist Steven Levy has reportedly been given a C-level briefing on the changes Apple has made to Siri, to promote its headway into artificial intelligence. Fast Company’s Rick Tetzeli will be speaking to Apple’s Angela Ahrendts, senior vice president of retail and online stores, about how Apple is changing its retail environment. And even Tim Cook will be speaking out to The Washington Post in an interview with Jena McGregor.

It’s a major PR move by Apple to set the tone for the iPhone 7 release, and squash any negative press about it beforehand. With any luck, the new device will save Apple from financial decline. The company reported on July 26, declines in every one of its major hardware businesses in the three months that ended in June. Industry analysts questioned whether people have lost their affection for Apple, or if they are just waiting for the release of the iPhone 7 release. Much of the details about the iPhone 7 are still embargo, so only time will tell if it lives up to Apple’s PR hype.

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The highly anticipated iPhone 7 could be released as soon as early September this year. Prominent Apple reporter Evan Blass posted a Tweet on Saturday, July 23, saying the latest iPhone iteration will likely be released the week of September 12. However, Apple has not given any indication that it’s planning a launch event.

Rumors have surfaced that Apple is planning to release three different iPhone 7s. Leaked images depict a larger screen and higher storage capacity. What’s more, Apple Insider recently reported that at least one of the three phones is said to be a professional version. But Blass has dismissed the idea of Apple creating a ‘Pro’ version of the iPhone, adding that the company is likely to release two versions of its signature smartphone.

An early September release, according to analysts, could potentially boost Apple’s quarterly revenue, making it a highly likely time for release. In a recent research note, Mizuho Securities said: “In terms of outlook, we think there is downside risk to current September quarter revenue estimates but we also believe that it is largely expected at this point.” A boost for Apple would be beneficial, since the company has been hit by weakened Chinese demand.

“We note that it is hard to estimate September shipments as it is highly dependent on the timing of the iPhone 7 launch,” the firm added. Apple hasn’t responded to speculation about impending releases.

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Countdown to the iPhone 7 begins

Written on Wednesday, 16 December 2015 10:50

Adoring tech fans around the world will not be disappointed by 2016. As one of the key players, Apple continues to lead the technological revolution, with their most anticipated product set to be released in September. The iPhone 6 and 6S Plus models have only recently fallen into the hands of loyal customers, but we all know that Apple doesn't sit still. They have "big plans" for the much-anticipated iPhone 7, and many sources have spoken out about rumors surrounding the expected features.  We can't wait to see what's in store.

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