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Qualcomm urges U.S. regulators to reverse course and ban some iPhones

(Reuters) – Qualcomm Inc is urging U.S. trade regulators to reverse a judge’s ruling and ban the import of some Apple Inc iPhones in a long-running patent fight between the two companies. FILE PHOTO: A Qualcomm sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China November 6, 2018. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo Qualcomm is seeking the ban in hopes of dealing Apple a blow before the two begin a major trial in mid-April in San Diego over Qualcomm’s patent licensing…

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Software pirates use Apple tech to put hacked apps on iPhones

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Software pirates have hijacked technology designed by Apple Inc to distribute hacked versions of Spotify, Angry Birds, Pokemon Go, Minecraft and other popular apps on iPhones, Reuters has found. Illicit software distributors such as TutuApp, Panda Helper, AppValley and TweakBox have found ways to use digital certificates to get access to a program Apple introduced to let corporations distribute business apps to their employees without going through Apple’s tightly controlled App Store. Using so-called enterprise developer certificates, these pirate operations are providing modified versions of popular…

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Apple plans some hiring reductions after selling fewer iPhones: Bloomberg

The logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich, Switzerland January 3, 2019. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (Reuters) – Apple Inc will cut back on hiring for some divisions after lower-than-expected iPhone sales and missing its revenue forecast for the holiday quarter, Bloomberg reported on Wednesday, citing sources familiar with the matter. According to the report, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook made the disclosure to employees earlier this month in a meeting the day after he penned a letter to investors about the company’s recent struggles, particularly in China and…

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Apple to launch three iPhones with new camera features this year: WSJ

(Reuters) – Apple Inc plans to launch three iPhone models this year with some new camera features, including three rear cameras for the most expensive model and two for the other models, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. The new iPhones will succeed the XR model that has shown sluggish demand, which according to Apple was due to weak sales in China. That led several electronics retailers in the world’s second largest economy to slash iPhone prices this week. Apple was not available for comment outside regular business hours.…

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Apple considered Samsung, MediaTek to supply 5G modems for 2019 iPhones

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) considered tapping Samsung Electronics Co Ltd (005930.KS) and MediaTek Inc (2454.TW) along with existing vendor Intel Corp (INTC.O) to supply 5G modem chips for 2019 iPhones, according to an Apple executive’s testimony at the trial between Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) and the U.S. Federal Trade Commission on Friday. FILE PHOTO: A chef walks past an Apple store in Beijing, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Thomas Peter Between 2011 and 2016, Apple relied on San Diego-based Qualcomm as the sole supplier of such chips, which help iPhones connect…

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Apple cuts current-quarter production plan for new iPhones by 10 percent: Nikkei

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O), which slashed its quarterly sales forecast last week, has reduced planned production for its three new iPhone models by about 10 percent for the January-March quarter, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: People look at iPhones at the World Trade Center Apple Store during a Black Friday sales event in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., Nov. 23, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo That rare forecast cut exposed weakening iPhone demand in China, the world’s biggest smartphone market, where a slowing economy has also…

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Apple cuts first-quarter production plan for new iPhones by 10 percent: Nikkei

FILE PHOTO: People look at iPhones at the World Trade Center Apple Store during a Black Friday sales event in Manhattan, New York City, U.S., Nov. 23, 2018. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/File Photo (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is cutting planned production for its three new iPhone models by about 10 percent for the March quarter, the Nikkei Asian Review reported on Wednesday, a week after the company slashed its quarterly sales forecast. That rare step exposed weakening demand in China for Apple’s iPhones amid a slowing economy, which has also been…

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German Apple reseller Gravis says still selling iPhones 7, 8

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – German Apple (AAPL.O) retailer Gravis said it was still selling iPhone 7 and 8 models at its stores and online after Qualcomm (QCOM.O) posted security bonds to enforce a court order that will ban sales of some Apple iPhones in Germany. Qualcomm earlier said it had posted 1.34 billion euros ($1.53 billion) of bonds as part of a legal requirement by a German court, which on Dec. 20 found Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents on power saving technology used in smartphones. Reporting by Petra Haverkamp; Writing by…

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Apple ordered to pull iPhones from 15 stores in Germany

Image copyright Getty Images Apple has been ordered to remove some iPhone models from its 15 stores in Germany over a patent dispute with chip giant Qualcomm. A court ruling in Munich on 20 December found Apple had infringed patents on power-saving technology. On Thursday Qualcomm paid a €1.3bn (£1.2bn) bond, allowing the ban on iPhone 7 and 8 models to go ahead. The bond will fund damages awarded to Apple if the iPhone maker wins its appeal against the ban. The two companies disagree on whether the injunction also…

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Apple set to pull some iPhones from its German stores after Qualcomm enforces ban

(Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is likely to pull some iPhone models from its German stores after Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O) said on Thursday it posted security bonds to enforce a court order banning the sale of those iPhone models in the country. FILE PHOTO: Customers stand in line at the Apple store in Berlin, September 19, 2014. REUTERS/Hannibal The chipmaker posted the bonds of 1.34 billion euros ($1.52 billion) as part of a legal requirement by a German court, which found on Dec. 20 that Apple had infringed Qualcomm patents…

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