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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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It’s no secret that Apple is one of the most valuable companies in the world today, especially for this gang of robbers who decided to steal a bunch of iPhones and make a little profit. On Tuesday, a group of seven unidentified individuals robbed a busy store in Natick, Massachusetts and made away with 19 iPhones worth $13,000 (roughly Rs. 8,69,000), according to a report.

iPhones Worth $13,000 Stolen From Apple Store by Teens

The The MetroWest Daily reports that the group was caught on the store’s security camera. The footage shows seven individuals in hoodies, believed to be in their teens, entering the mall and making their way to the Apple Store. After gathering around the display tables where the iPhones are placed, the group managed to grab 19 iPhones before scrambling out. The whole incident was over in less than a minute, which suggests that the robbery was well planned out.

The Natick police are investigating the incident and believe the group might be connected to a similar event which occurred a few weeks ago in Hingham. In fact, there have been a string of such iPhone-related incidents over the past few weeks. Earlier in 2016, a total of 59 iPhones were stolen from New York Apple Stores by individuals disguised as employees. In September, two people were arrested for robbing a truck carrying over 1,000 iPhone 5s mobile phones worth Rs. 2.25 crores in Delhi, India.

Apple recently decided to remove tethers from its iPhones in various stores across the US. The company wanted the display units to feel more personal for potential buyers, and getting rid of the attached cable was one way of doing that. Invisible alarms are enabled on all these devices to prevent theft. The iPhones displayed at the Natick store, however, were tethered and the group cut the security cords for each before exiting the store.

 
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While iFixit has published its teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus, we now look to Chipworks for its teardown of the iPhone 7. Just as we mentioned with the larger model, Apple keeps certain iPhone specifications close to its chest. These include the amount of RAM and the battery capacity – and these have been revealed by the teardown.

The Chipworks iPhone 7 teardown is still ongoing, however, it has published details on the RAM module and battery capacity of the smartphone, apart from details on various other chips on board.

The teardown reveals that the iPhone 7 sports 2GB of LPDDR4 RAM, manufactured by Samsung. To recall, the iFixit teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus revealed a Samsung-made 3GB LPDDR4 RAM module.

As for the battery capacity, the teardown found the iPhone 7 sports a 1960mAh battery, which is significantly larger than the 1715mAh battery found on the iPhone 6s, and marginally larger than the 1810mAh battery found on the iPhone 6.

Just to put that in perspective, the iFixit teardown of the iPhone 7 Plus revealed the smartphone bears a 2900mAh battery. That’s significantly larger than the 2715mAh battery in the iPhone 6s Plus, but slightly smaller than the 2915mAh battery on the iPhone 6 Plus.

The Chipworks teardown of the iPhone 7 also found two separate suppliers for storage – both SK Hynix and Toshiba produce 128GB storage chips for the iPhone 7. This matches iFixit’s teardown, which found a Toshiba-made 128GB storage ship on board the iPhone 7 Plus. Chipworks also found a Intel PMB9943 Baseband Processor onboard, thought to be the Intel XMM7360 modem that has been rumoured for a while. This is a significant difference from the iPhone 7 Plus, or at least the unit that iFixit had torn down, which was found to sport a Qualcomm MDM9465M modem.

Chipworks’ teardowns concentrate on the components of the device, unlike iFixit, which also looks at build and repairability. We’ll thus have to wait for iFixit’s teardown of the iPhone 7 before we learn about these facets.

Taking forward iFixit iPhone 7 Plus teardown’s findings however, we can expect Apple to have used similar dust and water protection techniques on the iPhone 7, including rubber gaskets for the Lightning connector and SIM tray. We’ll have to wait and see to confirm however.

 

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When Jessa Jones found out her kids had submerged her iPhone in her toilet, causing a clog, she thought her phone was a lost cause. It powered on but didn’t seem to be taking a charge anymore. The Apple store warns against water damage, which is not covered by warranty.

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It wasn’t until Jones started poking around on online forums that the mother of four discovered that the phone didn’t charge because the charging chip was ruined. After two years of tinkering with the device, Jones finally got the phone to start working again.

“I didn’t want to abandon the phone just because it wouldn’t take a charge. It seemed like such a solvable problem,” she said.

She didn’t know that her journey to fix a phone would lead her to become one of the most innovative iPhone repair experts in the game, and drive her to a world of black market electronics and leaked iPhone blueprints that spans the globe.

Jones is part of a group of independent device repair technicians who are dedicated to fixing and extracting data from damaged phones, tablets and computers. These fixers can rescue phone photos and prolong the life of the device. Yet their practice exists in a legal gray zone. Due to Apple’s tight grip on the repair services of its products, many repair technicians must rely on questionable electronic pieces from factories in China, as well as re-created design guides. The tech giant forbids official parts or device blueprints from being used outside of their Apple Genius bars or authorized third-party shops.

And Apple isn’t the only company with these strict repair guidelines. While Jones’s vocation is perfectly legal, she is sometimes forced to utilize not-quite-legitimate sources.

“For a cracked iPhone, the best quality screen that I can possibly source I’m technically not allowed to have,” said Jones. She risks confiscation every time she ships Apple parts from China, where she buys from sellers who could be sending her factory rejects, backdoor inventory or shoddy fakes, depending on her luck, she said. Then there are the design guides, or schematics, which she finds on unofficial websites and forums.

“It feels very much like we’re doing something wrong. It feels unsupported and illegitimate.”

A New York bill called the Fair Repair Act would help give Jones the legitimacy she desires. The bill requires that hardware manufacturers make repair instructions and parts available to the public. If passed by state lawmkers, the bill could open up independent access to repairs across the nation; its legality in one state would free up information and distribution flow to the rest of the country.

The impact of this right-to-repair legislation would extend beyond independent technicians like Jones. If the bill becomes law, it could be a big positive for the environment, cutting down on manufacturing costs and e-waste generated from disposed phones. That’s a major reason that New York state Sen. Phil Boyle decided to sponsor the bill, citing the destructive consumer cycle of buying new devices because minor repairs are too expensive to afford through official stores. These phones typically end up in landfills. Even recycling these devices properly relies on access to Apple device designs so that they can be easily disassembled and processed.

“The manufacturing impact of the electronic sector is huge,” said Kyle Wiens, a repair advocate and founder of iFixit, an online wiki of repair guides and electronic parts store. “If you’re gonna go to all the effort and environmental impact to make a phone, let’s make it last for seven or 10 years. And it’s okay if it’s not necessarily used by the first owner for all that long, but let’s make it so that somebody can use it.”

Studies have shown that the average American keeps their phone for around 1.5 to 2.5 years before moving on to a new one.

But New York’s right-to-repair legislation has made little progress toward passage. It’s still in its early stages of the state’s congress and will die if it isn’t passed by the end of the month. Documents in public government filings reviewed by the Huffington Post earlier this month show that Apple lobbied to kill the bill.

“Apple in particular has been really vocal about how environmentally friendly they are, but then, behind the scenes, they’re subverting every possible technique that people could have to make their products last longer,” said Wiens. Apple removed the iFixit app, created by Wiens’ repair community/company, from the app store last year when iFixit posted instructions on how to tear down the Apple TV.

Responding to questions from The Washington Post, Apple pointed to a company environmental report that demonstrates its e-waste efforts, including the development of a robot that helps take apart and recycle Apple products. The company also emphasized that it wants Apple devices to be repaired with genuine parts and verified technical know-how to preserve the integrity of the products. When pressed about Apple’s lobbying efforts to kill the bill, Apple declined to comment.

Wiens is also concerned that Apple’s tactics are quashing innovation. He uses Jones, the homemaker turned fixer guru, as an example. “She’s able to do much more sophisticated repairs than even Apple does,” he said. “There’s a huge amount of innovation that kind of starts at the grass-roots community. She’s hanging out on the online forums, starts tinkering, starts doing some of it on her own. And now she’s at the forefront of data recovery.”

Jones, who now owns her own corner repair shop in her hometown of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., hosts training courses to teach others how to extract vacation photos from a phone with water damage. She said that experts from well-known, well-established data recovery companies have shown up at her board repair course to learn her techniques.

Louis Rossmann, who owns a local electronic repair shop in Manhattan’s East Village, is another DIY fixer who turned his know-how into a small brick-and-mortar business. Rossmann, who didn’t go to college, has taught himself almost everything that he knows about electronics. His day typically consists of a flood of nearby New York University or New School students who have fried their computers and anxious that they won’t be able to access their notes or their thesis in time.

The Apple website is cagey in terms of what a fried motherboard would cost to repair, saying that it depends on the damage, but forums suggest around $750 to $1,000, not including shipping/handling. The cost is nearly the price of a new computer, and there’s no guarantee that the data will be saved.

Rossmann, who has been tinkering with computers for nine years, is able to repair the laptop and save the customer’s data for half the price. On his YouTube channel, which mixes detailed tutorials on device repair and motivational videos barked through a thick Staten Island accent, Rossmann advocates for right-to-repair laws.

“Think back to a time when the back panel of a television set had schematics and diagrams posted on it,” he said. “This was not thousands of years ago. This is how society was, but it was slowly taken away from us piece by piece over the last decade. This is important because we will eventually live in a world where everything is disposable if the precedent continues — where you do not own a device, you’re renting it until it breaks.”

In his videos, Rossmann focuses the camera on a motherboard, walking viewers step-by-step through the repairs. “I believe in the good that repair can do for society,” he said.

 

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Apple Inc said its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were still available for sale in China after Beijing’s intellectual property regulators barred their sales saying the designs had infringed a patent held by a Chinese company.

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“We appealed an administrative order from a regional patent tribunal in Beijing last month and as a result the order has been stayed pending review by the Beijing IP Court,” Apple said in a statement on Friday.

The notice, dated May 19, banning sales of certain iPhone models in Beijing was posted on a Chinese government website.

The Chinese market is vital to Apple, driving more of its sales than any other region outside the United States. But the tech giant has faced greater scrutiny there in recent months, with its online book and film services blocked by Chinese regulators earlier this year.

Apple historically had enjoyed favourable treatment in China, but Beijing’s crackdown on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus is a reminder that the tech giant is not immune to the scrutiny that other US tech firms have long faced in the country, said analyst Colin Gillis of BGC Partners.

“There’s a variety of risks of having dependence on sales in China to Apple, and government intervention in whatever form is one of them,” he said.

Last month, Apple announced that it would invest $1 billion in Chinese ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing, a move that was widely viewed as an attempt to shore up relations in China.

 

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In a bid to end a long-standing debate, Tendingi CTO Nick Lee decided to create a module that would let the two operating systems run simultaneously on the iPhone. Lee created a back cover case for the iPhone, that would effectively turn the interface to Android – temporarily.

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Once the back case is plugged-in, the Android interface takes over. The iPhone user can then access Google Play, use the calculator, and essentially browse through an Android interface seamlessly. The Android UI has the famous widget option available. In the video uploaded on YouTube, he also demonstrated how Wi-Fi works on the interface, and users can even search the web. It also has options to add Google accounts too.

To end the Android experience, all the iPhone user needs to do is hit the home button, and the iOS interface pops back. The back cover is super bulky, and possibly houses components of an entire another smartphone to work its way around the strict Apple code conduct.

Lee [told]http://thenextweb.com/insider/2016/06/07/mobile-developer-just-created-iphone-case-allows-run-android/) The Next Web that the back cover idea stemmed from the historical Android vs Apple feud. He explained, “The main inspiration was the intense feelings Android and iOS users have about each other. I said to myself- ‘What if you could have it all on one device?'”

The report states that Lee managed to develop this product in 45 hours flat. He has no immediate plans of selling it commercially, but may change his mind if interest piqued, and would think of investing more time into building a sleeker case.

 

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In a new development, Apple has reportedly changed its iPhone product refresh cycle, and will now introduce major redesigns after a gap of three years. Unlike its traditional two years, Apple will now wait for three years to bring in major changes to the iPhone.

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This change in the product refresh cycle has been attributed to a slowing market, and low innovation in smartphone functions. Major enhancements have little scope in the smartphone periphery, and hence Apple has changed its strategy.

This is why, all the iPhone 7 leaks show little change with respect to design, apart from the shift of antenna bands. Traditionally, Apple introduces an evolutionary change with its iPhone ‘s’ models, and a revolutionary change with the new numeric. We saw a completely new design with the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6s saw hardware and software upgrades with no visible design changes, and users expected the iPhone 7 to go through a complete makeover.

However, Nikkei.com reports that the big change will only come with the iPhone release in 2017, which has previously been reported to be called the iPhone 8 instead of the iPhone 7s. The iPhone 7 will see no drastic change. The report confirms that there will be upgrades in camera, and battery capacity. It reiterates past rumours of the iPhone 7 being water resistant, and also asserts that the 3.5mm audio jack will be removed. It also hints at the rumoured third variant by stating ‘A high-end version of the model will give users better-quality photo capabilities via correction functions.’

Whether all of this is true remains to be seen. So far, rumoured specs include an A10 processor, dual camera setup and a 3GB RAM on the larger iPhone 7, and an upgrade to a new 32GB base variant finally ditching the 16GB storage option.

 

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The Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission have asked mobile phone carriers and manufacturers to explain how they release security updates amid mounting concerns over security vulnerabilities, the US agencies said on Monday.

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The agencies have written to Apple Inc, AT&T Inc and Alphabet Inc, among others, in order “to better understand, and ultimately to improve, the security of mobile devices,” the FCC said.

The FCC sent letters to six mobile phone carriers on security issues, while the FTC ordered eight mobile device manufacturers including BlackBerry Ltd, Microsoft Corp, LG Electronics USA Inc and Samsung Electronics America Inc to disclose “the factors that they consider in deciding whether to patch a vulnerability on a particular mobile device.”

The FTC also seeks “detailed data on the specific mobile devices they have offered for sale to consumers since August 2013” and “the vulnerabilities that have affected those devices; and whether and when the company patched such vulnerabilities.”

The agencies are opening the inquiry about how mobile carriers and manufacturers handle security updates for mobile devices because consumers and businesses are conducting a growing amount of daily activities on mobile devices and new questions have been raised about how the security of mobile communications.

The “safety of their communications and other personal information is directly related to the security of the devices they use,” the FCC said. “There have recently been a growing number of vulnerabilities associated with mobile operating systems that threaten the security and integrity of a user’s device.”

The FCC said it sent letters to mobile carriers including AT&T, Verizon Communications Inc, Sprint Corp, US Cellular Corp, Tracfone Wireless, which is owned by America Movil SAB, and T-Mobile US, which is owned by Deutsche Telekom, “asking questions about their processes for reviewing and releasing security updates for mobile devices.”

The companies must respond to the FCC and FTC questions within 45 days.

There were more than 355 million US mobile wireless devices in use in 2014, the FCC said in a December report. The agency said that number had risen to 382 million by mid-2015, citing company disclosures.

The FCC noted that a vulnerability called “Stagefright” in the Android operating system could affect almost 1 billion Android devices globally. Reuters reported in August that Google and Samsung planned to release monthly security fixes for Android phones.

The change came after security researcher Joshua Drake found a vulnerability that could allow attackers to send a special multimedia message to an Android phone and access sensitive content even if the message is unopened.

Google did not immediately comment on Monday. Apple declined to comment.

Consumers may be left unprotected, potentially indefinitely, by any delays in patching vulnerabilities, the FCC said.

John Marinho, vice president for cybersecurity at CTIA, a wireless trade group, said in a statement that “customers’ security remains a top priority for wireless companies, and there is a very strong partnership among carriers.”

 

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India has rejected a plan by Apple Inc to import used iPhones, government officials said, a blow to the US tech giant which has been seeking to revive flagging sales of its flagship smartphones.
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Apple sells what it calls refurbished iPhones at a discount in some countries including the United States, and extending this practice to India would have likely helped it gain market share against competitors with much cheaper offerings.

India, which has been pushing a ‘Make in India’ initiative to enhance the competitiveness of its manufacturing industry, rejected the proposal citing rules against importing used electronics.

“India does not encourage dumping or recycling of hazardous materials,” NN Kaul, a spokesman for telecom ministry said.

An Apple spokeswoman in Singapore did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

In India, the average smartphone sells for less than $150. By contrast, the newly launched iPhone SE sells for a suggested retail price of 39,000 rupees ($585) in India – also much higher than its US price of $399 due to import duties and distribution costs.

Refurbished iPhones are usually devices that have been returned by buyers or are repaired to factory condition after damage.

Apple’s proposal was opposed by domestic phone makers who claim selling used iPhones would breach India’s anti-dumping rules. The Consumer Electronics and Appliances Manufacturers Association had written to India’s telecom ministry to stall the move.

 

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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.

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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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