Apple to start production on iPhone X Plus in May

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Although it may seem like Apple just released the iPhone X, Samsung is reportedly kickstarting OLED panel production for two of this fall’s iPhone models, including a 5.8-inch “iPhone X 2” and a 6.5-inch “iPhone X Plus.”

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Pre-order​ Apple Home Pod this Friday 1/26

   Cupertino, California — HomePod, the innovative wireless speaker from Apple, arrives in stores beginning Friday, February 9 and is available to order online this Friday, January 26 in the US, UK, and Australia. HomePod will arrive in France and Germany this spring.
   HomePod delivers stunning audio quality wherever it’s placed — in any room in the house, playing any style of music. Using just your voice, it’s easy and fun to use, and works together with an Apple Music subscription for a breakthrough music experience, providing access to one of the world’s largest cloud music libraries. Siri, now actively used on over half a billion devices, has developed a deep knowledge of music and understands your preferences and tastes. And with Siri, HomePod can send a message, set a timer, play a podcast, check the news, sports, traffic, and weather, and even control a wide range of HomeKit smart home accessories.

 

 

Google is paying Apple Billions per year to remain on the iPhone 

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/08/14/google-paying-apple-3-billion-to-remain-default-search–bernstein.html

Google is paying Apple billions per year to remain on the iPhone

Google is paying Apple billions of dollars to remain the default search engine on iPhones and iPads, Bernstein said in a note to investors on Monday.

The firm believes that Google will pay Apple about $3 billion this year, up from $1 billion just three years ago, and that Google’s licensing fees make up a large bulk of Apple’s services business.

Apple has been touting its services business as a quickly growing segment of the company, noting that it expects that branch alone will soon be as large as a Fortune 500 company.

“Court documents indicate that Google paid Apple $1B in 2014, and we estimate that total Google payments to Apple in FY 17 may approach $3B,” Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said. “Given that Google payments are nearly all profit for Apple, Google alone may account for 5% of Apple’s total operating profits this year, and may account for 25% of total company OP growth over the last two years.”

Bernstein sees pros and cons in the payments.

Sacconaghi said that Google might decide to back away from paying Apple any licensing fees if it feels confident enough that its search engine is so popular Apple won’t include any other option by default.

On the other hand, Sacconaghi said that Apple’s iOS devices contribute about 50 percent to Google’s mobile search revenue, which means Google might be too afraid to walk away from its licensing deal with Apple. In this case, it’s a win-win for Apple and Google.

Bernstein has an outperform rating on Apple with a price target of $175.

Apple Aims to Make Every iPhone With an OLED Display by 2019

A new suply chain report claims that Apple is planning to use OLED for every iPhone model by 2019, with the company expected to adopt OLED panels for 60 million units of the iPhone 8 later in 2017, equating to around 40 percent of its total iphone-8-concept-transparentmanufacturing run (via The Bell) [Google Translate]. Apple will double the adoption of OLED panels for the 2018 iPhone before completely migrating over to OLED-only models for 2019.

The same report claimed that both Samsung and Inteflex are currently gearing up production for flexible printed circuit boards (FPCB) for this year’s iPhone 8, with Samsung specifically beginning an expansion of its Electro-Mechanics plant in Vietnam to account for the increased Apple supply quota this year.

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 11.04.08 AM.pngFor the 2017 iPhone line, Apple is expected to stick with LCD panels for two of the iPhones — currently referred to as the “iPhone 7s” and “iPhone 7s Plus” — while making the “iPhone 8” its first-ever mobile device to include an OLED screen. Today’s supply chain report said that Apple will use three suppliers to produce OLED panels, and orders for each will be decided and placed when production is started around April or May.

The iPhone 8 is currently rumored to include an edge-to-edge OLED display with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded within the screen. The OLED display is widely agreed to measure 5.8 inches, while the primary area of user interaction will be 5.15 inches, and below that there will be a “function row.” The other two models are believed to keep the same aluminum design of current-model iPhones.

Apple loses battle to avoid UK import taxes on watch straps

Apple could be forced to pay millions of pounds in extra taxes in the UK after losing a legal battle over whether its smartwatch straps are an accessory that should be taxed individually or part of the device.

apple-regent-street-3.JPGEnding a months-long legal battle, a tax tribunal in London has ruled that the straps are “pieces of plastic” and an “accessory”, not part of the technology.

For years Apple has insisted the plastic straps, sold with its smartwatch but imported separately, are an integral part of the electronic product.

Products imported into the UK are subject to import duties between 0pc and 17pc, with electronics generally being duty free. Apple doesn’t currently pay import taxes on its smartwatches and smartphones.

The decision, which ratifies HM Revenue and Customs’ classification of the strap as an “other plastic”, means Apple could lose its import tax exemption, with HM Revenue and Customs being able to levy duties of 6.5pc on the £49 sport wristband.

(Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/03/06/apple-loses-battle-avoid-uk-import-taxes-watch-straps/)