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Demand for smartphones halves in China in February 2020 due to Coronavirus

Reuters »

In total, mobile phone brands sold a total of 6.34 million devices in February in China, down 54.7% from 14 million in the same month last year, data from the China Academy of Information and Communications Technology showed (CAICT).

It was also the lowest level for February since at least 2012, when CAICT started publishing data.

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Android brands, which include devices made by Huawei Technologies and Xiaomi accounted for most of the drop, as they collectively saw shipments decline from 12.72 million units in February 2019 to 5.85 million, the data showed.

Shipments of Apple devices slumped to 494,000, from 1.27 million in February 2019. In January, its shipments had held steady at just over 2 million.

More » Apple Insider

Apple to pay up to US$500 million to settle lawsuit over quietly throttling older iPhones as it introduced newer models

Reuters »

Apple Inc has agreed to pay up to US$500 million to settle litigation accusing it of quietly slowing down older iPhones as it launched new models, to induce owners to buy replacement phones or batteries.

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It calls for Apple to pay consumers $25 per iPhone, which may be adjusted up or down depending on how many iPhones are eligible, with a minimum total payout of $310 million.

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Friday’s settlement covers U.S. owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7Plus or SE that ran the iOS 10.2.1 or later operating system. It also covers U.S. owners of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before Dec. 21, 2017.

No word if similar compensation will be offered to iPhone customers in other countries?

Thomas Claburn, The Register »

Apple – which banked $55bn profit in its 2019 fiscal year – is willing to pay up to $500m to settle US claims that the company secretly slowed certain iPhone models to preserve battery life, according to a proposed class action settlement.

More » Nasdaq, 9News

Researchers at Mysk show how any and all apps on your iOS devices have free and unrestricted access to everything that goes onto the clipboard

Developers at Mysk created a simple app with the sole purpose of displaying information gleaned from the clipboard, without user knowledge or consent.

When users copy images onto their clipboard, for example, the app can immediately read the content, including metadata that often includes the location of where the photo was taken.

The video demo below goes onto show that even the installed widgets can silently collect all data copied to the clipboard, without user knowledge.

Here’s a detailed explanation.

Apple has been fined €25 million by a French consumer fraud group for intentionally slowing down older iPhones

Tim Hardwick, MacRumors »

The Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and the Suppression of Fraud (DGCCRF), which is part of the country’s economy ministry, concluded that Apple had failed to inform users that iOS updates to older iPhones could slow down their devices.

The investigation followed Apple’s admission in 2017 that it slows down some older iPhones with degraded batteries during times of peak power usage in order to prevent unexpected shutdowns.

Apple has accepted an agreement with France’s public prosecutor to pay the fine of 25 million euros and to publish a press release on its website for one month.

More » DGCCRF press release, BBC

 

iPhone XR remains the best-selling smartphone of 2019 worldwide

Not Apple’s latest flagship, the iPhone 11.

According to Counterpoint Research, Apple’s iPhone XR was again the best-selling smartphone in the third quarter of 2019. Last year’s model, the iPhone XR has been the best-selling model every quarter so far this year.

The research also found that the iPhone 11 only took 5th spot in its own launch quarter.

Where Canada is concerned, could price be the bigger decider? iPhone 8 starts at C$600. iPhone XR starts at C$800. iPhone 11 starts at C$980.

Ben Lovejoy, 9to5Mac »

The company said that the iPhone 11 managed fifth place in its own launch quarter.

According to Counterpoint Research’s Market Pulse, the iPhone XR was the top-selling model globally in Q3 2019, capturing 3% market share. In fact, except for the launch quarter in September 2018, iPhone XR has been the top-selling model globally in every quarter since Q4 2018. The XR alone contributed to over one-quarter of the total Apple sales during the quarter, making it the best-selling model for Apple across all regions. Apple also adjusted the price of the iPhone XR in China and several other markets, which helped keep demand strong during the quarter. The iPhone 11 also made its debut in the top 10 within the launch quarter.

The top 10 best-selling smartphones in Q3 comprised two iPhones, three low-end Samsung models, and a mix of Chinese brands:

  • iPhone XR
  • Samsung Galaxy A10
  • Samsung Galaxy A50
  • Oppo A9
  • iPhone 11
  • Oppo A5s
  • Samsung Galaxy A20
  • Oppo A5
  • Xiaomi Redmi A7
  • Huawei P30

While Samsung appeared to have pushed buyers up through its range, the reality was that it simply dropped the prices of its former “mid-range” A-series models to become the new low-end phones.

More » PhoneArena

Indian-made iPhones will be exported

Apple is diversifying it’s manufacturing base.

India’s IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today that Apple will expand operations in the country and confirmed previous reports that phones made in the region will be exported.

Ben Lovejoy »

Some Indian-made iPhones will be exported for sale in other countries, the government said today.

An unconfirmed report had previously suggested that a small number of iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 models were being exported from India to Europe, but the statement is the first official confirmation that this is part of Apple’s plans for the country…

Apple initially started with iPhone SE production in India for local sale, but it has been gradually expanding its assembly capabilities in the country. Reports indicate that at least five different models are being made in India:

iPhone SE
iPhone 6s
iPhone 7
iPhone X
iPhone XR

Read the whole article at 9to5Mac »

More » Reuters, AppleInsider, Times of India

Related

Reuters » Apple supplier Salcomp to invest $279 million in new Indian plant

Finland’s Salcomp, a supplier to U.S. tech group Apple, is to invest 20 billion rupees ($278.67 million) in India to make mobile chargers and other smartphone components from March 2020, the country’s technology minister said on Monday.

CNET does a deep underwater test for the iPhone 11 and 11 Pro

Results are quite impressive.

Apple rumoured to release a new lower-cost iPhone in Q1 2020

TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is predicting Apple will release a lower-cost iPhone in Q1 2020.

The phone will have a similar body to the iPhone 8 but contain the same A13 processor as the new iPhone 11.

With a budget price of US$399 (~ CDN$525) Kuo predicts the new iPhone, which some are calling the iPhone SE2, as a “key growth driver” for Apple next year. He reasons the device could attract the as many as 200 million customers who are still using an iPhone 6 or 6s. iOS13, Apple’s latest operating system software for it’s mobile devices, does not support the iPhone 6.

First released in September 2014, the iPhone 6 is sill the most used iPhone.

Philip Elmer-DeWitt »

Kuo’s prediction lines up with multiple other sources that have claimed Apple plans to release a new lower-cost iPhone 8-esque device next year, including the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Japanese publication Nikkei Asian Review, and Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu.

Joe Rossignol, writing for MacRumors »

Kuo’s prediction lines up with multiple other sources that have claimed Apple plans to release a new lower-cost iPhone 8-esque device next year, including the Taiwanese publication Economic Daily News, Japanese publication Nikkei Asian Review, and Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman and Debby Wu.

Those earlier reports indicated the device will sport a 4.7-inch display and a Touch ID home button like the iPhone 8. Apple continues to sell the iPhone 8 from $449, while the iPhone SE was $349 prior to being discontinued. When new, the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE started at $699 and $399 respectively.

More » MacRumors, The Inquirer, The Mac Observer, Engadget

Another China controversy for Apple » Safari on iPhone shares IP addresses with a Chinese tech giant (UPDATED)

Alan Martin, via The Inquirer »

It’s emerged that by default, Safari shares some user IP addresses with Chinese conglomerate Tencent. To be entirely fair to Apple, it’s done as part of the Fraudulent Website Warning setting which protects against phishing scams, in the same way it does with Google Safe Browsing. But that might not be of much comfort to Chinese citizens. Tencent is, after all, a company that’s so buddy-buddy with the ruling Communist party that it literally made a game where you applaud a Xi Jinping speech.

Has Apple been transparent about this? Well, it depends on your definition of transparent. If you’re the kind of person that digs deep into iPhone settings and then feels obliged to click the “About Safari & Privacy” link then you will see the following line in the text: “Before visiting a website, Safari may send information calculated from the website address to Google Safe Browsing and Tencent Safe Browsing to check if the website is fraudulent. These safe browsing providers may also log your IP address.”

Read more at The Inquirer »

More via Twitter » Matthew Green

More » Matthew Green’s blog, 9to5Mac, SlashGear, The Hacker News, MacRumors, Engadget,

Apple’s response » We’re not handing over Safari URLs to Tencent – just people’s IP addresses

Police have purchased technology able to crack iPhones from an Israeli company

Michael Hayes, writing in OneZero »

Documents obtained by OneZero reveal that Cellebrite had been selling this new product to law enforcement for over a year prior to making that announcement, and that New York City has been a customer since 2018.

A contract obtained by OneZero shows that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office — one of the largest and most influential prosecution offices in the country — has had UFED Premium in-house since January 2018. According to the contract, the DA’s office agreed to pay Cellebrite about $200,000 over three years for UFED Premium.

The $200,000 fee covered software licensing and installation, training for select office personnel on the platform, and an agreed-upon number of phone cracks. The contract also references about $1 million in undisclosed add-ons, but it’s not clear if the DA’s office agreed to purchase any of these additional products or services. The document also states that the DA’s office must designate a “secure room” where the software is housed, and that the room not contain any audiovisual recording devices.

More » 9to5Mac

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