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Qualcomm to file suits to ban sales of iPhone XS and XR

Qualcomm Inc is asking courts in China to ban sales of Apple Inc’s latest iPhone models XS and XR after winning a preliminary injunction against older models, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. On Monday, A Chinese court had ordered a sales ban of some older Apple iPhone models for violating two patents of Qualcomm, though intellectual property lawyers said enforcement of the ban was likely still a distant threat. “We plan to use the same patents to file suit against the three new iPhone models,” Jiang Hongyi, a…

China court bans iPhone sales in patent dispute

WASHINGTON: A Chinese court ordered a ban in the country on iPhone sales in a patent dispute between US chipmaker Qualcomm and Apple, according to a Qualcomm statement Monday. The statement said the Fuzhou Intermediate People's Court had granted Qualcomm's request for two preliminary injunctions against four subsidiaries of Apple, ordering them to immediately to stop selling the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The move marked the latest in a long-running dispute…

Apple cuts production orders for all three new iPhone models: report

Apple Inc has cut production orders in recent weeks for all three iPhone models launched in September, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing sources. A lower-than-expected demand for the new iPhones and Apple's decision to offer more models has made it more difficult to anticipate the number of components and handsets the company needs, according to the paper. Apple shocked investors a few weeks ago with a lower-than-expected sales forecast for the Christmas quarter, prompting certain suppliers to issue…

Apple’s iPhone data goes the way of its headphone jacks

First Apple Inc took away the headphone jack on its iPhones. Then it took away the home button. And now, it has taken away a closely watched performance metric that it has disclosed to investors for 20 years. The Cupertino, California-based company on Thursday said that it will stop reporting unit sales data for its iPhone, iPad and Mac computer products, the latter of which it has given out since 1998. Analysts and investors use the figures to calculate the average selling price of Apple’s devices and gauge the health…

Kanye West reveals his iPhone password, gets mocked online

Kanye West and Donald Trump had an epic televised meeting at the Oval Office in White House on Thursday, which sparked a lot of chatter and criticism online. Seated across from the president at his office, the musician delivered a rambling monologue and a burst of profanity that touched on social issues, hydrogen planes, mental health, endorsement deals, politics and so much more. He even went far so far as to say, “You made a Superman cape for me,” and that Trump “stopped” the war in North Korea region. Those items…

Police shooting of Apple manager in India’s Uttar Pradesh sparks call for reform

LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI: The deadly shooting of an Apple manager by police in Uttar Pradesh prompted human rights activists and opposition parties to demand reform, saying it was only the latest in a series of extrajudicial killings by local police. The government of Uttar Pradesh, run by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, attempted to quickly defuse the attacks by offering the dead manager’s widow a state government job and compensation for the death of her husband. Police in…

Woman buried in Russia with 5-ft iPhone tombstone

MOSCOW: A woman was buried in Moscow with a bizarre tombstone of an iPhone. Rita Shameeva died in January 2016 from an unknown cause but her father Rais Shameev only recently decided to put up the bizarre memorial. Made from basalt, the headstone is in the shape of a black iPhone and has a picture of the dead woman as the ‘screensaver’, according to Daily Star. Mourners in the Russian city of Ufa were amazed to see the huge tombstone erected over the burial plot in Yuzhnoye cemetery. The 5ft high monument towers…

Apple accused of stealing secrets to help Intel

Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday alleged that Apple Inc stole its trade secrets and gave them to Intel Corp to improve its chips, paving the way for Apple to use them instead of Qualcomm chips, the latest salvo in a drawn-out legal dispute between the companies. Qualcomm made the accusations in a motion to amend a complaint filed in November, when it alleged Apple had broken a software license contract by sharing confidential details about Qualcomm’s chips with Intel engineers. Qualcomm provided modem chips for the iPhone,…

Apple’s newest iPhone could have big screen, big price

Apple Inc is expected to blast further past the $1,000 price barrier when it launches new iPhone on Wednesday, but Wall Street is most intrigued by how deep into its larger-than-ever lineup prices hikes may go. Apple’s market capitalization has passed $1 trillion and the company needs to sustain revenue growth from its signature product even as global demand for smart phones plateaus. One way to do that is to get people to buy more expensive phones. “There’s no real game changer on the table,” said Hal Eddins, chief…