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If you are an Apple fan, we have good news for you today. According to a report by The Investor (South Korea), Samsung has just struck a deal with Apple to supply the Cupertino giant with an additional 60 million OLED panels for the iPhone 8. We say "additional" because this comes on top of the 100 million OLED panels that Apple had ordered from Samsung in a contract last year. It seems that Apple is depending on their arch-rival to provide them with the major bulk of OLED panels for the next iPhones.


This is good news because of two reasons; the first and the foremost being the fact that Apple will indeed be finally switching over to OLED from LCD. Not only does an OLED display provide a better viewing experience, but they also are significantly more power-efficient than LCD panels. Secondly, the 160 million OLED panels theoretically means that the previous rumor which stated that only the most expensive Apple iPhone 8 will feature the new displays is most likely false. It could very well mean that all iPhone 8 variants will feature the OLED panels this year, which is definitely happy news for Apple fans around the world.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



A new rumor has it that Apple will be introducing bendable plastic LCD panels from JDI with the iPhone 8. However, that seems quite improbable unfortunately for Apple fans. Although the flexible LCD panels, also known as Full Active Flex screen could have given the dual curved Edge displays from Samsung a bit of competition, JDI has no plans of entering into mass production of the panels before 2018. While this does mean that future iPhones could very well be sporting the bendable displays that the rumors have been predicting, it is very unlikely that the iPhone 8 will be sporting it in 2017.


In a report by Reuters, it was stated that Liberum analyst Janardan Menon is implying that STMicroelectronics has struck a major deal with Apple. The deal was probably even mentioned in the company's financials for 2016, albeit anonymously. If it is true, then STMicroelectronics will probably be supplying Apple with a new type of proximity sensors for the iPhone 8. What these new sensors will be used for is beyond us at this moment, but it could have something to do with AR or VR integration. We will find out more soon enough.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Apple is back at doing what they do best and it isn't making iPhones unfortunately! In a brand new legal war that the Cupertino giant has declared on the mobile chip maker, they are claiming that Qualcomm has not paid its due bills to Apple. Additionally, Apple also claims that Qualcomm has been charging Apple for patents that the company has no relation to.


According to the official statement detailed in the lawsuit, Qualcomm receives royalty payments for "older, legacy, standards," on which Apple's displays, cameras and even the TouchID may have been built on initially. Apple further states that the irrelevant patent claims are costing Apple, "at least five times more in payments than all the other cellular patent licensors we have agreements with combined."


Secondly, they had started an investigation into Qualcomm a while back, which involved co-working with government law enforcement agencies. Somewhere during the course of this investigation, Qualcomm ended up with a due payment of $1 billion, which they have not yet acknowledged.


In response to these allegations, this is what Qualcomm had to say:

"While we are still in the process of reviewing the complaint in detail, it is quite clear that Apple's claims are baseless. Apple has intentionally mischaracterized our agreements and negotiations, as well as the enormity and value of the technology we have invented, contributed and shared with all mobile device makers through our licensing program. Apple has been actively encouraging regulatory attacks on Qualcomm's business in various jurisdictions around the world, as reflected in the recent KFTC decision and FTC complaint, by misrepresenting facts and withholding information. We welcome the opportunity to have these meritless claims heard in court where we will be entitled to full discovery of Apple's practices and a robust examination of the merits." - Don Rosenberg, executive vice president and general counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated.


It is to be noted that Qualcomm is already facing an earlier charge for anti-competitive practices from the US Federal Trade Commission, which was made against the company just a few days back.


 Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)

 



According to multiple rumors and reports all around the internet, Apple might just launch the biggest iPhone yet in 2017. What this means is that Apple will (reportedly) launch three variants of the iPhone 8 next year, which will include a massive 5.8-inch version along with the usual iPhone 8 (4.7-inch) and iPhone 8 Plus (5.5-inch). This huge iPhone 8 will not only sport the largest display ever on an iPhone, but also an OLED panel made by Samsung. The other two of the iPhones will continue to use TFT-LCD panels as always.


According to DigiTimes,


"Apple will launch 4.7-, 5.5- and 5.8-inch new iPhone models in second-half 2017, with TFT-LCD panels to be used in the former two models and AMOLED for the 5.8-inch one...Global shipments of the AMOLED iPhone in 2017 are estimated at 60-70 million units..."


To be honest, even though multiple sources are claiming it, it feels awkward to believe that Apple will actually opt for a 5.8-inch display, given how much they had mocked large screen smartphones in the past. Nevertheless, some experts are of the opinion that the size of the largest variant of the iPhone 8 will not be a problem because of the "all-curve" display on it. Apparently, an "Edgeless" display that's curved on all the four sides will be making its way onto the iPhone 8 as well. We will find out what's what when the products are actually launched near the middle of 2017.


Saikat Kar (tech-enthusiast)



Apple is one of the most reputed brands in the entire world, but lately, they have been facing a lot of criticism from fans and critics alike. In a recent update, we are hearing reports about a broken camera on some of the brand new iPhone 7 Plus models. The bad news is that the problem isn't even a software issue that can be patched with an update, but an actual problem with the camera hardware. On opening the camera app, the user would be greeted with either a black screen or a view finder that's severely tinted with the color green or purple. One report suggests that users are even seeing a "Emergency iPhone needs to cool down" message, even when the phone isn't showing any signs of heating.


How has Apple reacted to the problem? Well, at times they have replaced the entire phone, while at others they have simply replaced the faulty camera module at a Genius Bar. It would be interesting to see if Apple comes out with a public statement, addressing the problem. If you plan to pick up an iPhone 7 Plus or have already done so recently, keep an eye on the camera.


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