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Hours ahead of Apple’s major iPhone event, in which the company is widely expected to launch the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X, its partner Qualcomm has stirred controversy by saying that Android smartphone makers are always first to bring new cutting technology feature to their products.

Qualcomm has shared more than 20 examples to make the case for how Android smartphone makers have been the first ones to introduce new features. Some of those examples include – fingerprint under display (Qualcomm Reference Design Handset), bezel-less design (first introduced in Xiaomi Mi Mix from last year), OLED Display (LG Flex 2) and Facial Recognition (Samsung Galaxy S8). Interestingly these all features are expected to be selling points of Apple’s supposedly upcoming iPhone models that the company would unveil later today. Other notable mentions are Gigabit LTE (Samsung Galaxy S8) and Bluetooth v5.0 (everything running the Snapdragon 835 SoC).

The telecom giant’s brutal blog post comes months after both of them have sued each other in global patent licensing dispute. Earlier this year, Apple sued the chipmaker for roughly $1 billion claiming that Qualcomm has been “charging royalties for technologies they have nothing to do with.” At the time, Qualcomm dismissed Apple’s accusation. But months later, it filed a lawsuit against Apple, asking the US trade regulators to ban iPhone imports, as they allegedly infringe on six patents. The patents, owned by Qualcomm, provide technology to improve battery life, Qualcomm said.

Meanwhile, on the blog post published on Monday, Francisco Cheng, director of technical marketing said it has “enabled some notable world firsts on Android, and some remain Android exclusives to this day. […] Inventions from Qualcomm lay the foundation for so many technologies and experiences we value in our smartphones today — on Android and other platforms.”

Apple would certainly not appreciate Qualcomm’s constant commentary on how rival products are better, especially on the day when it plans to launch its own flagship iPhone models.



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A new report about global smartphone shipments in Q2 2017 claims Samsung’s growth rate was relatively flat, however Apple saw a 2 percent increase in shipments year-on-year. This growth in the quarter that saw the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S8 bucked the trend ahead of the hotly anticipated launch of the iPhone 8.

According to the report by market research firm Canalys, Samsung managed to sell 79 million smartphones in the second quarter, whereas last year it sold 80 million, seeing a slight dip. This flat growth rate is attributed to the high prices of the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ in the Android segment. Samsung had a lot of hopes from the Galaxy S8 to outperform this year, especially after the big Galaxy Note 7 fiasco that attracted huge losses for the company. But the shipments only barely met with last year’s second quarter results, the report indicates, pointing the smartphone’s high price and how that may have tested the bounds of the Android smartphone market.

Even with the flat growth rate, Samsung still retains the top spot, with Apple coming in second selling 41 million smartphones in the second quarter. The report claims that there is a 2 percent increase in shipments from last year’s second quarter results. In Q2 2016, Apple managed to sell 40 million units. This increase in shipments is significant, as no new smartphone was launched by Apple in the second quarter, whereas its competitor Samsung launched the Galaxy S8 series. Also, the arrival of the tenth anniversary edition iPhone 8 this fall, and the anticipation building around it, did not stop customers from buying iPhones currently.

“Shipments of the [Galaxy] S8 have been strong in some regions, but there are signs that demand has been overestimated. Canalys’ channels research has revealed inventory buildup in Europe, which when combined with discounting in the US, indicates Samsung may be testing the limits of Android smartphone pricing. As Apple looks to refresh the iPhone, even with its unique user experience, it too must justify any significant price increases with tangible improvements to both feature set and design,” Canalys Senior Analyst Tim Coulling said in a statement.

Overall smartphone shipments in the world saw an increase of almost 4 percent year on year, despite a decline in big markets like India and China. Over 340 million smartphones were sold in total during the second quarter, and the third spot, after Apple, was taken surprisingly by Huawei. It managed a growth rate of 20 percent with 38 million units shipped in Q2. Last year in Q2, Huawei managed to sell 31 million smartphones. Oppo secured the fourth spot with 44 percent growth in shipments, while Xiaomi had the highest growth rate at 52 percent.



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Apple is rumoured to be working with an LG subsidiary to bring 3D photography to iPhone 8. The Korean Economic Daily, citing people familiar with matter, reports that the Cupertino-based giant is working with LG Innotek to add a dual-camera setup to the next iPhone to capture 3D imagery.

The sources claim that Apple is now “studying how to apply its 3D camera technology” into LG Innotek’s smartphone camera. “Since LG Innotek also has its own 3D camera and related technologies, such joint efforts will likely to bear fruit sometime within [the] next year,” the report cites a source close to the situation.

In its attempt to add 3D technology, the company is utilising the Israeli camera technology startup company LinX, which was acquired by Apple in April 2015. To recall, LinX expertise in allowing apps to freely use the 3D information captured by camera on the device to achieve new features such as the ability to refocus an image after it has been captured, measurement of the true dimensions of objects, 3D object modelling and real time background replacement for video calls.
The report adds that LG Innotek is already “exclusively supplying” its dual cameras for iPhone 7 Plus. The report adds that LG Innotek also has experience dealing with 3D cameras as LG launched its first 3D-enabled smartphone, LG Optimus 3D in 2011.
Considering that the all-new dual camera was seen only on the large iPhone 7 Plus, we can expect the 3D tech feature on the iPhone 8 Plus model likely to launch next year. Based on preliminary leaks, Apple is said to ditch the ‘iPhone 7s’ name for next year’s iPhone based on its naming convention and directly name it iPhone 8 considering 2017 will be its tenth anniversary of launch of the original iPhone. An earlier report suggested that Apple is also making efforts to include AR features in an upcoming iPhone camera app.

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Apple’s iPhone sales have been on a decline this year, and that trend is likely to continue next year as well. If KGI Securities’ analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed, then Apple’s sales in the first and second quarter of 2017 will continue to decline, falling short of how it performed in the same quarters in 2016. Kuo blamed the second quarter decline on Apple’s decision to not refresh the iPhone SE next year.

Apple’s iPhone marks its tenth anniversary next year, and the Cupertino is keeping things minimal but significant rather than going all out. The iPhone 8 is expected to pack major upgrades; however, Kuo claims that the company will give the next version of iPhone SE a complete miss.

“Shipment volume in 2Q16 came in higher than expected thanks to upbeat demand for the iPhone SE. However, in order to keep gross margin at a high level and to avoid cannibalisation of high-end models, we do not expect Apple to launch an upgraded iPhone SE in 2Q17. Without contribution from a new model, we forecast total iPhone shipment volume will reach 35-40mn units and fall YoY in 2Q17, lower than the 40.4mn units in 2Q16,” 9to5Mac quotes Kuo as stating in his note to investors.

The analyst also notes that this decision is mostly influenced through Apple’s effort to keep the gross margin high and minimise cannibalisation of high-end flagships like the iPhone 7. While Kuo seems certain that there will be no iPhone SE refresh next year, he did not provide any clarity on when (and whether) Apple plans to update. The iPhone SE was launched in March this year, and helped Apple garner a lot of sales this year. It remains unsure what update cycle will Apple adopt for the iPhone SE range.

In any case, Kuo is not that positive on iPhone 7 sales in 2017 first quarter, claiming that the shipment volume in that time frame will be 40-50 million units, much lower than 51.2 million units that were shipped in first quarter of 2016. Most of this sales decline is attributed to the lack of demand of the 4.7-inch iPhone 7.

However, Kuo comes bearing some good news as well, and claims that even though the first two quarters next year are said to see a decline in sales, Apple will more than make up for it after the launch of its iPhone 8 smartphone. The smartphone, based on preliminary rumours, is expected to sport an OLED display panel, come in three variants instead of two, sport an optic fingerprint recognition technology, and have an all-glass casing.
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There have been enough rumours for the upcoming iPhone 7, which is likely to launch later this year. Although these rumours make the flagship model sound interesting, analysts from KGI Securities and Barclays hold a contrary perspective. According to them, the Cupertino-based tech firm might witness a decline in growth in 2016, even in its best case scenario, claiming the smartphone will not be sufficiently attractive to users.



Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst from KGI Securities, published a research note predicting a decline in the company’s growth in 2016. He says that in the “worst case scenario” Apple could see a downward progression in iPhone shipment numbers in 2016 (190 million units), lower than what it saw in 2014 (193 million units), and a decline of 18.1 percent year-on-year. In addition, it can also be one of the only top-five companies to see decline in shipment year-on-year.

Kuo’s research note (via 9to5 Mac) adds that even in the best case scenario Tim Cook and company could ship only 205 million units of the iPhone, which is a decline of 11.6 percent year-over-year. This is also below the previous predictions made by analysts – 210 million to 230 million.

The analyst says that this decline might occur due to various reasons. First, the iPhone SE would not have much impact on the company’s overall performance. Further, the iPhone 7 won’t have much “attractive selling points”. According to him, the iPhone needs a visual redesign along with new commercial features to attract customers.

Mark Moskowitz, an analyst from Barclays, builds on the same claims adding that the iPhone 7 will be an incremental update and will miss out on major redesign changes. However, it will come with a slimmer body due to the removal of the 3.5mm jack. He adds (via Fortune) that the upcoming flagship smartphone will simply be a “replacement device” for iPhone 6 users.

iPhone sales, as per his prediction, will fall 1.8 percent from 2015 due to the absence of that “must-have” appeal.

He however says that 2017 will be a blockbuster year for Apple as the company might bring a fresh new design for its iPhone, a revamp so major Apple will reportedly forgo the iPhone 7s, and launch the iPhone 8. As per him, Apple will be ditching the “S” generation upgrade and will introduce the iPhone 8 as its latest flagship, instead of an iPhone 7s model. Citing “major form factor changes” he adds that the rumoured iPhone 8 can feature an Oled display, no home button replacing it with a Force Touch-type control interface, and wireless charging. The iPhone 8 is anticipated to boost Apple’s shipments by 10.3 percent.

It is worth mentioning that Apple last week struck a deal with Samsung and ordered as many as 100 million Oled panels from the South Korean tech giant.

Kuo too predicts 2017 as a positive year for Apple because of the redesigned rumoured iPhone 7s or iPhone 8 launch. The analyst says the Cupertino tech firm will use an all-glass iPhone 4-like build for the iPhone 7s and will switch to Amoled displays. It could also launch a 5.8-inch model.


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