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May 24, 2017

Apple, Nokia Settle Patent Dispute – Nokia Withing Products Return to Apple Store

Apple and Nokia have reportedly settled a patent dispute where Nokia claims that Apple had utilized 32 of Nokia patents without paying licensing fees. As a part of the settlement, Apple has agreed to pay Nokia an upfront fee as well as any long-term patent licensing fees.

Following the patent dispute, both Apple and Nokia have moved beyond the lawsuits and are now pursuing a more synergistic relationship. As a part of their re-kindled friendship, Nokia’s Withing fitness products are now back in Apple’s retail and online stores with the two companies also hinting at a possible collaboration in digital health technology.

 

Source: 9to5 Mac

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May 9, 2017

iPhone 8 on Schedule for September-October Launch

Apple’s iPhone 8 is on track to launch in September and go on sale in October, according to a recent report by Economic Daily News.

This new statement contradicts previous beliefs that the iPhone 8 will be delayed due to poor yields of the OLED displays. Analysts predicted that the iPhone production will be severely hampered by supply after the initial launch.

Newly improved production yield rates have seemingly resolved this issue. Volume production of components will ramp up in June. iPhone manufacturing companies including Foxconn, Winston, and Pegatron are also aggressively recruiting and training new workers to prepare for the production of new [...]

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April 3, 2017

Apple to End GPU Licensing Deal with Imagination Technologies

 

According to a recent announcement, Apple intends to end a licensing deal with UK chip designer Imagination Technologies, a company that has supplied Apple with its PowerVR GPU license for many years.

In 15 to 24 months, Apple claims that their mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, iWatch, etc. will no longer use intellectual property from Imagination Technologies. Apple’s new direction means that Imagination would lose out on a massive amount of royalties.

Despite Apple’s announcement, Imagination Technologies believes that Apple would find it difficult to circumvent its patents and believes that even if Apple [...]

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February 13, 2017

Apple Pulls LG UltraFine 5K Display Due to Major Design Flaw

Following reports of malfunctioning LG UltraFine 5K Displays last month, Apple has officially halted the sale of the monitor from both its website and retail locations.

The monitor’s misbehavior stemmed from a poor EMI shielding design flaw. When placed near a Wi-Fi router, the display would exhibit abnormal flickering or turn off altogether. LG has acknowledged this as being a design issue and advised users to place the display at least a few meters away from their router.

This solution obviously doesn’t work for users with limited office space, sparking outrage from disgruntled customers who paid nearly $1,000 for what they believed would be a [...]

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January 31, 2017

LG UltraFine 5K Display Discovered to Have Issues When Used Near Routers

After Apple decided to drop out of the monitor market after years of selling their beautiful Cinema Displays, the position of its beloved Thunderbolt Display is now being filled by the LG with their new UltraFine 5K display. Sporting a modern design, the LG UltraFine 5K features a IPS panel with a resolution of 5120 x 2880, packing a whopping 14.7 million pixels into the 27-inch display.

While the display is unquestionably one of the most beautiful ever made, it has recently been discovered that there’s a pretty big problem – the display stops working when it’s in close proximity of a router. According to 9to5 Mac, the screen would flicker when [...]

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January 28, 2017

Apple to Move International iTunes Business to Ireland

Apple recently announced to its developers that it will be moving its international iTunes assets including iTunes Store, Apple Music, App Store, and iBooks Store to Ireland starting next month. The move, which is purely a business decision allows Apple to significantly reduce its taxes. Apple has reportedly received “sweetheart” tax deals to move its businesses to Ireland, which lowers Apple’s effective tax rate as low as 0.005%.

Recently, the EU ordered Apple to pay €13 billion ($14.5 billion) in owed taxes to Ireland as they have ruled Ireland’s tax incentives as noncompetitive to other EU countries. Both Apple and Ireland are appealing the [...]

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November 1, 2016

Base 13″ MacBook Pro Benchmarks Reveal Little Performance Gains From Last Year’s Model

As the new base 13″ MacBook Pro without the touch bar has been shipping for several days, benchmarks of the new system has been popping up online and at least when it comes to CPU performance, it looks like it’s not much of an upgrade.

Comparing benchmarks of the new base 13″ MacBook Pro against older 13″ MacBook Pros, we can see that the new base 13″ MacBook Pro scores just 6970 points in GeekBench 4 compared to the early 2015 13″ MacBook Pro which scored between 6497 and 6983 points. As such, CPU performance on the new 13″ MacBook Pro will unfortunately be about the same as last year’s model.

However, [...]

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October 31, 2016

New MacBook Pros Not Offering 32GB RAM Due to Battery Life, According to Apple

For those who missed it, Apple recently launched their new MacBook Pros which is the first time they’ve updated it in the past 4 years. Although Apple has updated quite a bit of internal hardware, one complaint with the new system is that the memory onboard is maxed out at just 16GB rather than 32GB or 64GB. Considering the MacBook Pro is designed for professionals in design and creative applications, the decision to max out at just 16GB seems like it would be an issue especially as we inch closer and closer towards the world of high resolution photography and 4K video editing.

As many customers have been curious as to why Apple decided to max out at 16GB of RAM, [...]

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October 27, 2016

Apple Launches New MacBook Pros with Touch Bar, TouchID

To nobody’s surprise, Apple launched their completely redesigned MacBook Pros today which may not look like much of a complete redesign however, Apple has made some significant changes under the hood.

The centerpiece of Apple’s new MacBook Pro is what they call the Touch Bar, which is a mini Retina display screen that runs across the top of the keyboard replacing the function keys. The Touch Bar will allow you to do a variety of tasks such as shortcuts, tools for various apps, and other functionality based on the application. Of course, you’ll still be able to bring back the function keys on the Touch Bar as well. The Touch Bar also includes [...]

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October 19, 2016

Apple Holding Mac Event October 27, Signals New MacBook Pros May be Incoming

After being rumored for quite some time, Apple has recently sent out invites for an upcoming special event set to go down on October 27 at 10AM PST. As usual for Apple, the invite itself is cryptically titled “hello again” which appears to be a reference to the original Mac which launched with the word “hello” on its screen.

Apple is expected to reveal an entire host of new Mac products as a lack of innovation in the area has caused Apple PC shipment declines of over 13% in 3Q2016. Chief among the expected new products is a complete redesign of the 13.3″ and 15.3″ MacBook Pro which hasn’t seen changes in over 4 years. [...]

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