Apple says it will manufacture iPhone 14 in India

Apple says it will manufacture iPhone 14 in India

NEW DELHI, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Apple Inc said on Monday it will manufacture its latest iPhone 14 in India, as the tech giant moves some of its production away from China. The company launched the flagship iPhone 14 at an event earlier this month, where it focused on safety upgrades rather than flashy new technical specifications, with the exception of a new adventure-focused watch. "The new iPhone 14 lineup introduces groundbreaking new technologies and important safety capabilities. We're excited to be manufacturing iPhone 14 in India," Apple said in a statement. Analysts at J.P.Morgan expect Apple to move about…
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Apple to raise App Store prices in some countries in Europe, Asia

Apple to raise App Store prices in some countries in Europe, Asia

Sept 20 (Reuters) - Apple Inc  said it will raise prices of apps and in-app purchases on its App Store from next month in all of the euro zone and some countries in Asia and South America. The new prices, excluding auto-renewable subscriptions, will be effective as early as Oct. 5, Apple said in a blog post. The U.S. tech giant periodically adjusts its prices in different regions and reduced prices for euro zone countries last year to adjust for currencies and taxes, dropping starting prices for many apps to 99 euro cents from 1.09 euros. The latest price rise…
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Apple lovers in some Asian countries to pay more for iPhone 14

Apple lovers in some Asian countries to pay more for iPhone 14

SINGAPORE, Sept 8 (Reuters) - Apple Inc AAPL.O on Wednesday kept prices for its latest iPhone stable in the United States, but raised prices in some Asian countries where currencies have dropped against the dollar in the past year. Buyers of the basic iPhone 14 in Japan - where the yen has slumped 24% since September - will pay 20% more than they did for the iPhone 13 when it was launched a year ago at 99,800 yen ($692.81). The iPhone 13 currently costs 107,800 yen in Japan. Earlier this year, Apple hiked the price of the model by nearly…
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New Apple iPhone will be available in Russia, trade minister says

New Apple iPhone will be available in Russia, trade minister says

Sept 8 (Reuters) - Russians will have the chance to buy the new Apple iPhone 14 despite the U.S. tech company having left the country thanks to Moscow's parallel import scheme, a senior government official told the RIA Novosti news agency on Thursday. Russia announced the scheme in March when it authorised retailers to import products from abroad without the trademark owner's permission. Asked whether the new iPhone, unveiled by Apple on Wednesday, would be imported under the scheme, Trade and Industry Minister Denis Manturov said: "Why not? If consumers want to buy these phones, yes. There will be the…
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FACTBOX – Apple launches iPhone 14 with emergency satellite messaging, adventure watch

FACTBOX – Apple launches iPhone 14 with emergency satellite messaging, adventure watch

Sept  (Reuters) - Apple Inc just launched its latest iPhone series with an improved camera and satellite messaging for emergencies, while also unveiling a rugged watch targeting sports enthusiasts. The iPhone 14 models, starting at $799, will test Apple's ability to wring dollars from its relatively affluent customer base, whose spending has so far held steady in the face of an economic slowdown. Here is a list of Apple's top launches at the "Far out" event: IPHONE 14 WITH SATELLITE CONNECTIVITY Apple added a new "emergency SOS via satellite feature", allowing users to establish a connection with a satellite to…
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Apple to appeal Brazil sales ban of iPhone without charger

Apple to appeal Brazil sales ban of iPhone without charger

SAO PAULO, (Reuters) - Apple Inc said it will appeal a Brazilian order banning it from selling iPhones without a battery charger, pushing back on claims that the company provides an incomplete product to consumers. The Justice Ministry fined Apple 12.275 million reais ($2.38 million) and ordered the company to cancel sales of the iPhone 12 and newer models, in addition to suspending the sale of any iPhone model that does not come with a charger. In the order, published on Tuesday in the country's official gazette, the ministry argued that the iPhone was lacking a essential component in a…
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Apple discloses serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs

Apple discloses serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs

Apple has disclosed serious security vulnerabilities for iPhones, iPads and Macs, which could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of devices. Apple added that it is "aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited". Security experts have advised users to urgently update affected devices - the iPhone 6S and later models, newer iPads, and Mac computers running macOS Monterey. It also impacts some iPod models. In a security update on its support page, Apple said one of the flaws means a malicious application "may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges" - which…
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UK plans to probe Apple, Google’s mobile browser dominance

UK plans to probe Apple, Google’s mobile browser dominance

LONDON, June 10 (Reuters) - Britain's competition watchdog said it was planning to investigate the market dominance of Apple Inc AAPL.O and Google's mobile browsers, as well as the iPhone maker's restrictions on cloud gaming through its app store. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said on Friday it was also taking enforcement action against Alphabet Inc's GOOGL.O Google over its app store payment practices. It said the two tech giants had an "effective duopoly" on mobile ecosystems that gave them a stranglehold on operating systems, app stores and web browsers on mobile devices. "When it comes to how people use mobile phones, Apple and Google…
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Aramco reclaims position as most valuable firm

Aramco reclaims position as most valuable firm

Apple has lost its position as the world's most valuable company amid a broad sell-off of technology stocks. Saudi Arabian oil and gas producer Aramco has reclaimed the top spot from the iPhone maker for the first time in almost two years. Investors have been selling shares in technology firms as they move into what they see as less risky assets. Bitcoin, other major cryptocurrencies and digital assets have also continued to fall sharply. Shares in Apple fell by more than 5% in New York on Wednesday to end the trading day with a stock market valuation of $2.37tn (£1.94tn).…
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Apple tests several new Macs with next-generation M2 chips – Bloomberg News

Apple tests several new Macs with next-generation M2 chips – Bloomberg News

 (Reuters) - Apple Inc AAPL.O has started internal testing of several Mac models with next-generation M2 chips, Bloomberg News reported this week citing developer logs. The company is testing at least nine Mac models with four different M2-based chips - the successors to the current M1 line - with third-party apps in its App store, according to the logs which were corroborated by people familiar with the matter, the report said. Apple is also testing a Mac mini with an M1 Pro chip, the same processor used in the entry-level 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pros, the report added. In March, Apple introduced a faster chip for…
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Apple starts manufacturing iPhone 13 in India

Apple starts manufacturing iPhone 13 in India

Apple Inc has started making the iPhone 13 in India, the company said on Monday, as the U.S tech giant tries to reduce reliance on its Chinese supply chain. The phone is being produced at a local plant of Apple's Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn, situated in the town of Sriperumbudur in Southern Tamil Nadu state, according to a source. Apple has been shifting some areas of iPhone production from China to other markets including India, the world's second biggest smartphone market, and is also planning to assemble iPad tablets there. India and countries such as Mexico and Vietnam are becoming…
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Pressure on Apple to cut products, services supply in Russia

Pressure on Apple to cut products, services supply in Russia

Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister urged Apple Inc  top boss Tim Cook to cut supply of its products and block access to App Store in Russia. Mykhailo Fedorov, who is also Ukraine's Minister of Digital Transformation, tweeted a copy of the letter sent to Cook asking the iPhone maker to "stop supplying Apple services and products to the Russian Federation, including blocking access to App Store." Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Russian President Vladimir Putin started a three-pronged invasion of Ukraine from the north, east and south on Thursday, in an attack that threatened to upend Europe's…
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Amsterdam police end hostage taking at Apple flagship store

Amsterdam police end hostage taking at Apple flagship store

AMSTERDAM, Feb 23 (Reuters) - Dutch police ended a hostage taking in an Apple APPL.O flagship store in Amsterdam after a man armed with two guns held at least one person hostage for hours, police said on Wednesday. Police arrested the suspected hostage taker, a 27-year old man from Amsterdam, after he ran out of the building at the central Leidseplein square, shortly after 10:30 p.m. (2130 GMT) on Tuesday. "We managed to end the situation by hitting the hostage taker with a car when he ran outside," police said on Twitter, adding that the man was being treated for serious injuries. The man…
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Dozens of U.S. states say Apple stifles competition; back ‘Fortnite’ maker

Dozens of U.S. states say Apple stifles competition; back ‘Fortnite’ maker

OAKLAND, Calif., (Reuters) - Apple Inc is stifling competition through its mobile app store, attorneys general for 34 U.S. states and the District of Columbia said, as they appealed against a ruling that let the iPhone maker continue some restrictive practices. While dozens of state attorneys general have filed recent antitrust lawsuits against other big tech companies, including Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google, none had so far taken aim at Apple. The remarks, led by the state of Utah and joined by Colorado, Indiana, Texas and others, came in a lawsuit in an appeals court against…
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Apple to let iPhones accept credit cards without extra hardware

Apple to let iPhones accept credit cards without extra hardware

Apple Inc is planning a new service that will allow small businesses to accept payments directly on their iPhones without any extra hardware, Bloomberg News reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. For payments to get accepted on an iPhone, retailers currently use payment terminals to receive money on their iOS devices that are connected via Bluetooth, such as Block Inc's Square payment systems. The new feature will instead turn the iPhone into a payment terminal, allowing merchants to accept payments with the tap of a credit card or another iPhone onto the back of their device, the Bloomberg…
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Apple becomes first company to hit $3 trillion market value

Apple becomes first company to hit $3 trillion market value

Apple Inc on Monday became the first company in the world to hit $3 trillion in market capitalization, thanks to investor confidence that the iPhone maker will keep launching best-selling products as it explores new markets such as automated cars and metaverse. On the first day of trading in 2022, the company's shares rose to $182.88 in mid-day trading, a new record. The world's most valuable company is the first to reach the milestone as investors bet that consumers will continue to shell out top dollar for iPhones, MacBooks and services such as Apple TV and Apple Music. Apple's march from $2 trillion to $3…
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Apple warns Thai activists “state-sponsored attackers” may have targeted iPhones

Apple warns Thai activists “state-sponsored attackers” may have targeted iPhones

Apple Inc issued alert messages to at least six activists and researchers who have been critical of Thailand's government, warning it believed their iPhones had been targeted by "state-sponsored attackers", according to activists and the alerts reviewed by Reuters. Apple and Thailand's Digital Ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Prajak Kongkirati, a political scientist at Bangkok's Thammasat University, said he had received two emails from Apple warning it believed his iPhone and iCloud accounts had been targeted, along with a "threat notification" on his Apple account. Researcher Sarinee Achananuntakul and Thai activist Yingcheep Atchanont of Legal…
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Amazon and Apple handed $225 mln in Italian antitrust fines

Amazon and Apple handed $225 mln in Italian antitrust fines

Italy's antitrust authority has fined U.S. tech giants Amazon.com and Apple Inc a total of more than 200 million euros ($225 million) for alleged anti-competitive cooperation in the sale of Apple and Beats products. Contractual provisions of a 2018 agreement between the companies meant only selected resellers were allowed to sell Apple and Beats products on Amazon.it, the watchdog said, adding that this was in violation of European Union rules and affected competition on prices. Both Apple and Amazon said they plan to appeal against the fines. The authority imposed a fine of 68.7 million euros on Amazon and 134.5 million euros on Apple, ordering the companies to end the restrictions to give retailers of…
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Microsoft nearly overtakes Apple as most valuable company

Microsoft nearly overtakes Apple as most valuable company

A surge in Microsoft Corp's shares nearly unseated Apple Inc as the world's most valuable company on Wednesday, a day before the iPhone maker reports its quarterly results. Fueled by strong quarterly growth in its Azure cloud-computing business, Microsoft's shares jumped 4.2% to end at a record $323.17, elevating the software maker's market capitalization to $2.426 trillion, just short of Apple's $2.461 trillion valuation, according to Refinitiv data. Apple's shares dipped 0.3% ahead of its report due after the bell on Thursday, with investors focused on how the global supply-chain crisis is challenging the company's ability to meet demand for…
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Delivery times for iPhone 13 stretch as COVID-19 hits Vietnam suppliers -Nikkei

Delivery times for iPhone 13 stretch as COVID-19 hits Vietnam suppliers -Nikkei

Buyers of Apple's new iPhone 13 face longer-than-expected delivery times because of a wave of COVID-19 infections in Vietnam, where components for the device's new camera module are assembled, Nikkei Asia said. The disruption, which could ease as soon as mid-October, is linked to a constriction in supplies of modules for the phone's four models, as a significant number of components are assembled in Vietnam, it said, citing people familiar with the matter.  Photo: Photo:EPA/EFE
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Google, in fight against record EU fine, slams regulators for ignoring Apple

Google, in fight against record EU fine, slams regulators for ignoring Apple

Alphabet unit Google on Monday criticised EU antitrust regulators for ignoring rival Apple as it launched a bid to get Europe's second-highest court to annul a record 4.34-billion euro ($5.1 billion) fine related to its Android operating system. Far from holding back rivals and harming users, Android has been a massive success story of competition at work, representatives of Google told a panel of five judges at the General Court in Luxembourg at the start of a five-day hearing. The European Commission fined Google in 2018, saying that it had used Android since 2011 to thwart rivals and cement its…
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Apple’s new iPhone to take longer to reach customers – analysts

Apple’s new iPhone to take longer to reach customers – analysts

Apple Inc's customers will have to wait for a few more weeks to lay their hands on the new iPhone 13 as supply chain delays and strong demand lead to one of the longest waiting times for the phone in recent years, analysts said. The delivery time for Apple's iPhones after a new launch is watched by analysts as one of the measures to gauge demand for the flagship phone's newest model. But this year, it is also shining a light on supply chain issues plaguing technology companies ahead of the holiday shopping season. Analysts at J.P.Morgan and Credit Suisse…
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EU plans to legislate for common phone charger despite Apple grumbles

EU plans to legislate for common phone charger despite Apple grumbles

BRUSSELS, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The European Commission will on Thursday present a legislative proposal for a common charger for mobile phones, tablets and headphones, a person familiar with the matter said - a move likely to affect iPhone maker Apple more than its rivals. The European Union executive and EU lawmakers have been pushing for a common charger for over a decade, saying it would be better for the environment and more convenient for users. The Commission wants the sale of chargers to be decoupled from devices, and also propose a harmonised charging port, the person said. Apple, whose…
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Apple doubles down on 5G with new iPhone 13, upgrades iPad Mini

Apple doubles down on 5G with new iPhone 13, upgrades iPad Mini

(Reuters) - Apple Inc unveiled the iPhone 13 and a new iPad mini on Tuesday, expanding 5G connectivity and showing off faster chips and sharper cameras without raising the phone's price. The Cupertino, California-based company did not announce any blockbuster features or products, but analysts expect customers hanging onto older models like the iPhone X will be eager to upgrade. To encourage trade-ins, participating wireless carriers are offering incentives ahead of the year-end holiday season that could make a new phone free. The iPhone 13 will have a new chip called the A15 Bionic to power features like automatically detecting…
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Apple’s plan to scan your phone raises the stakes on a key question: Can you trust Big Tech?

Apple’s plan to scan your phone raises the stakes on a key question: Can you trust Big Tech?

Apple’s plan to scan customers’ phones and other devices for images depicting child sexual abuse generated a backlash over privacy concerns, which led the company to announce a delay. Apple, Facebook, Google and other companies have long scanned customers’ images that are stored on the companies’ servers for this material. Scanning data on users’ devices is a significant change. However well-intentioned, and whether or not Apple is willing and able to follow through on its promises to protect customers’ privacy, the company’s plan highlights the fact that people who buy iPhones are not masters of their own devices. In addition,…
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Australia considering new laws for Apple, Google, WeChat digital wallets

Australia considering new laws for Apple, Google, WeChat digital wallets

The Australian government is considering new laws that would tighten the regulation of digital payment services by tech giants such as Apple and Alphabet's Google. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said he would "carefully consider" that and other recommendations from a government-commissioned report into whether the payments system had kept pace with advances in technology and changes in consumer demand. Services such as Apple Pay, Google Pay and China's WeChat Pay, which have grown rapidly in recent years, are not currently designated as payment systems, putting them outside the regulatory system. "Ultimately, if we do nothing to reform the current framework, it…
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Apple to check iCloud photo uploads for child abuse images

Apple to check iCloud photo uploads for child abuse images

Apple Inc said it will implement a system that checks photos on iPhones in the United States before they are uploaded to its iCloud storage services to ensure the upload does not match known images of child sexual abuse. Detection of child abuse image uploads sufficient to guard against false positiveswill trigger a human review of and report of the user to law enforcement, Apple said. It said the system is designed to reduce false positives to one in one trillion. Apple's new system seeks to address requests from law enforcement to help stem child sexual abuse while also respecting…
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Spain looks into antitrust practices by Apple and Amazon

Spain looks into antitrust practices by Apple and Amazon

Spain's competition watchdog CNMC is investigating possible anti-competitive practices in Spain by Apple Inc  and Amazon.com Inc  regarding online sales of electronic products. The CNMC said in a statement that it had opened disciplinary proceedings over possible unlawful conduct by both companies that would include possible restrictions on the Amazon website in Spain. "(Restrictions) would affect the retail sale of Apple products by third parties and the advertising of competing Apple products, leading to a reduced competition in the Internet retail market for electronic products," the CNMC said. In addition, they could strengthen Amazon's position in the sector of providing…
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Apple’s Cook says proposed EU tech rules threaten security of iPhones

Apple’s Cook says proposed EU tech rules threaten security of iPhones

Apple  boss Tim Cook took aim at proposed European rules aimed at curbing the power of U.S. tech giants, saying they could pose security and privacy risks to iPhones. Cook, in his first public comments about the Digital Markets Act (DMA) proposed by EU antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager, said parts were good but others were not. He said he feared the draft rules would lead to more installing of apps that do not come via Apple's App Store, or "side-loading". "You take an example here where I don't think it's in the best interest (of the user): the current DMA…
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Apple working on iPad Pro with wireless charging, new iPad Mini

Apple working on iPad Pro with wireless charging, new iPad Mini

Apple Inc is working on a new iPad Pro with wireless charging and a redesigned iPad Mini in an attempt to build upon momentum for a category that saw improved sales during the pandemic, Bloomberg News reported on Friday. The company is looking to release the new iPad Pro in 2022 and the iPad Mini later this year, the report said, citing people familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker thrived through the COVID-19 pandemic as home-bound consumers stocked up on electronic devices, with iPad sales notching a better-than-expected $7.8 billion last quarter. The company is planning narrower screen borders…
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European consumer group BEUC joins EU antitrust case against Apple

European consumer group BEUC joins EU antitrust case against Apple

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) lobby group backed the European Union's antitrust case against Apple  which alleges it distorts competition in the music streaming market. The European Commission filed its first antitrust charges against Apple in April following an initial complaint by the iPhone maker's rival Spotify. Apple has rejected the EU charges, saying that its App Store enabled Spotify to become the world's largest music subscription service. It has been given 12 weeks to respond to the charges. BEUC said it has been allowed to join as an interested third party in the antitrust regulator's case, which could lead…
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UPDATED: EU antitrust regulators charge Apple over App Store restrictions

UPDATED: EU antitrust regulators charge Apple over App Store restrictions

Apple was charged by EU antitrust regulators on Friday of abusing its dominance in the music streaming market via restrictive rules, the first case out of four that could lead to a hefty fine and changes in its lucrative business model. IPhone maker Apple found itself in the European Commission's crosshairs following a complaint by Swedish music streaming service Spotify two years ago, which said that Apple unfairly restricts rivals to its own music streaming service Apple Music on iPhones. The EU competition enforcer in its so-called statement of objections setting out the charge said the issue related to Apple's…
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Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone shipments as Xiaomi closes in

Samsung overtakes Apple in smartphone shipments as Xiaomi closes in

April 29 (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd reclaimed its crown as the world's biggest smartphone maker from Apple in the first quarter, cornering a fifth of overall global shipments. China's Xiaomi Corp rounded out the top three positions with its best quarterly performance ever as shipments surged 62% to 49 million phones and its market share rose to 14%, market research firm Canalys said. Overall, global shipments surged 27% to 347 million units in the first quarter as the Chinese economy opened up after the pandemic and a swift vaccine rollout in the United States raised hopes of an…
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EU to hit Apple with antitrust charge this week – source

EU to hit Apple with antitrust charge this week – source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU antitrust regulators are set to charge iPhone maker Apple this week with blocking rivals on its App Store following a complaint by music streaming service Spotify, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The move, the first EU antitrust charge against Apple, could lead to a fine as much as 10% of Apple's global revenue and changes in its lucrative business model. Reuters was the first to report about the imminent EU antitrust charge in March. Sweden's Spotify took its grievance to the European Commission in 2019, saying Apple unfairly restricts rivals to its…
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Apple plans to expand ads business

Apple plans to expand ads business

Apple Inc is planning to expand its advertising business by adding a second advertising slot in its App Store search page's "suggested" section, the Financial Times reported on Thursday. The new advertising slot, which will be rolled out by the end of the month, will allow advertisers to promote their apps across the whole network, rather than in response to specific searches, according to the report. The report comes as Apple plans to send prompts to iPhone users to allow apps to use their data for personalized advertising, a move that has drawn backlash from tech rival Facebook Inc, which…
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MacBook, iPad production delayed as supply crunch hits Apple

MacBook, iPad production delayed as supply crunch hits Apple

Production of some of Apple Inc's MacBooks and iPads has been postponed due to a global component shortage, the Nikkei reported on Thursday. Chip shortages have caused delays in a key step in MacBook production, the report said, adding that some iPad assembly was postponed because of a shortage of displays and display components. As a result of the delay, Apple has pushed back a portion of component orders for the two devices from the first half of this year to the second half, the report said, citing sources briefed on the matter. Apple did not immediately respond to a…
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Apple to set up silicon design centre in Germany, invest 1 billion euros

Apple to set up silicon design centre in Germany, invest 1 billion euros

Apple said on Wednesday it would establish a European silicon design centre in Munich, Germany, and invest more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) over the next three years in expanding its team there and in research and development. Munich is already Apple’s largest engineering hub in Europe, with close to 1,500 engineers from 40 countries working in areas including power management design, application processors, and wireless technologies. The new facility will be home to Apple’s growing cellular unit, and Europe’s largest R&D site for mobile wireless semiconductors and software, Apple said in a statement, adding that the team would…
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Apple buys a company every three to four weeks

Apple buys a company every three to four weeks

Apple has acquired about 100 companies over the last six years, the company’s chief executive Tim Cook has revealed. That works out at a company every three to four weeks, he told Apple’s annual meeting of shareholders on Tuesday. Apple recently delivered its largest quarter by revenue of all time, bringing in $111.4bn (£78.7bn) in the first-quarter of its fiscal year 2021. Mr Cook told the shareholders meeting that the acquisitions are mostly aimed at acquiring technology and talent. Apple's largest acquisition in the last decade was its $3bn purchase of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker founded by rapper and…
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EU’s Vestager warns Apple to treat all apps equally amid privacy dispute

EU’s Vestager warns Apple to treat all apps equally amid privacy dispute

BRUSSELS, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Europe's antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, has warned Apple Inc to give equal treatment to all apps on its platform amid the iPhone maker's privacy changes that have drawn charges of anti-competitive practices from rival Facebook Inc. Apple will in the spring ask iPhone users for consent to track their data for personalized ads in what it says is a move to protect users' privacy but which will limit apps' ability to gather data from people's phones that can be used for targeted advertising. Facebook has been among the most vocal of the critics which stand…
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Facebook to prompt users about personalised ads ahead of Apple privacy changes

Facebook to prompt users about personalised ads ahead of Apple privacy changes

Feb 1 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said in a blog post Monday it will begin rolling out a notification for iPhone users globally about how data is used for personalized ads, in an attempt to get ahead of upcoming Apple Inc privacy changes that Facebook says will hurt its advertising business. The full-screen prompt will ask Facebook and Instagram users to allow their app and website activity to be used for personalized ads and to "support businesses that rely on ads to reach customers." The social media giant has been waging a public fight against Apple's plan to ask iPhone…
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South Korea’s Kia says looking at electric car projects with multiple firms after Apple report

South Korea’s Kia says looking at electric car projects with multiple firms after Apple report

South Korean automaker Kia Corp said on Wednesday it's reviewing cooperation on self-driving electric cars with multiple foreign firms, making no mention of a report linking it to a project with tech giant Apple Inc. Kia's comment, issued in a regulatory filing as its shares surged nearly 20% in Seoul, came after domestic online publication Edaily reported late on Tuesday that Kia's parent, Hyundai Motor Group, had decided Kia would be in charge of proposed cooperation with Apple on electric cars. The report cited unnamed industry sources. Hyundai Motor declined to comment. Apple was not immediately available for comment outside…
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Apple, Hyundai to agree on electric car tie-up early this year

Apple, Hyundai to agree on electric car tie-up early this year

Hyundai Motor and Apple Inc plan to sign a partnership deal on autonomous electric cars by March and start production as early as 2024 in the United States, local newspaper Korea IT News reported on Sunday. The report follows a statement on Friday from Hyundai Motor that it was in early talks with Apple after another local media outlet said the companies were aiming to launch a self-driving electric car in 2027, sending Hyundai shares up nearly 20%. Citing industry sources, the latest report said the pair plan to build the cars at Kia Motors' factory in Georgia, or jointly…
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Apple, Amazon suspend Parler social network from App Store and web hosting service

Apple, Amazon suspend Parler social network from App Store and web hosting service

Apple Inc and Amazon.com Inc have suspended Parler from their respective App Store and web hosting service, saying the social networking service popular with many right-leaning social media users has not taken adequate measures to prevent the spread of posts inciting violence. The action by Apple and Amazon follows a similar move by Alphabet Inc's Google on Friday. Parler is favored by many supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended from Twitter on Friday, and it is seen as a haven for people expelled from Twitter. "We have suspended Parler from the App Store until they resolve…
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UPDATED: Hyundai says in early talks with Apple after electric vehicle tie-up report

UPDATED: Hyundai says in early talks with Apple after electric vehicle tie-up report

South Korea's Hyundai Motor Co said on Friday it was in early talks with Apple , after local media reported the firms were discussing an electric car and battery tie-up, sending Hyundai shares surging 25%. The report comes weeks after Reuters reported that Apple was moving forward with self-driving car technology and was aiming to produce a passenger vehicle that could include its own breakthrough battery technology as early as 2024. Earlier on Friday, Korea Economic Daily TV said the iPhone maker and Hyundai were in discussions to develop self-driving electric vehicles by 2027 and develop batteries at U.S. factories…
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Apple removes 39,000 game apps from China store

Apple removes 39,000 game apps from China store

Apple removed 39,000 game apps on its China store Thursday, the biggest removal ever in a single day, as it set year-end as deadline for all game publishers to obtain a licence. The takedowns come amid a crackdown on unlicensed games by Chinese authorities. Including the 39,000 games, Apple removed more than 46,000 apps in total from its store on Thursday. Games affected by the sweep included Ubisoft title Assassin's Creed Identity and NBA 2K20, according to research firm Qimai. Qimai also said only 74 of the top 1,500 paid games on Apple store survived the purge. Apple did not…
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EU unveils landmark law curbing power of tech giants with threat of fines, break-up

EU unveils landmark law curbing power of tech giants with threat of fines, break-up

U.S. technology firms including Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google face fines of up to 10% of annual turnover and could even be broken up under draft European Union rules announced on Tuesday aimed at curbing their powers. The rules are the most serious attempt by the 27-country bloc to rein in tech companies that control troves of data and online platforms relied on by thousands of companies and millions of Europeans for their work and social interactions. They show the European Commission's frustration with its antitrust cases against the tech giants, notably Alphabet's Google, which critics say have not addressed…
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Privacy activist files complaints against Apple’s tracking tool

Privacy activist files complaints against Apple’s tracking tool

A group led by privacy activist Max Schrems filed complaints on Monday with German and Spanish data protection authorities over Apple's online tracking tool, saying it breached European law by allowing iPhones to store users' data without their consent. It is the first such major action against the U.S. technology group related to European Union privacy rules. Noyb, the digital rights group run by Schrems, has successfully fought two landmark trials over privacy against Facebook. Apple said it was not immediately in a position to comment. The Californian tech giant has previously said it provides users with a superior level…
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Apple develops alternative to Google search

Apple develops alternative to Google search

Apple is stepping up efforts to develop its own search technology as US antitrust authorities threaten multibillion-dollar payments that Google makes to secure prime placement of its engine on the iPhone. In a little-noticed change to the latest version of the iPhone operating system, iOS 14, Apple has begun to show its own search results and link directly to websites when users type queries from its home screen. That web search capability marks an important advance in Apple’s in-house development and could form the foundation of a fuller attack on Google, according to several people in the industry. The Silicon…
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Apple launches iPhone 12

Apple launches iPhone 12

Apple launched four versions of the iPhone 12 with faster 5G connectivity, starting at $699, which the Cupertino, California company hopes will spur a wave of upgrades and keep its sales booming through the end of the year. The iPhone 12, with a 6.1-inch display, will sell for $799. The phone has flat sides with a flush display, similar to the company's iPhone 5 and a departure from rounded edges in recent years. Apple also introduced a "Mini" version, which has the same features but a smaller 5.4-inch screen and will sell for $699, as well as a "Pro" version…
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Apple critics form coalition to challenge App Store fees

Apple critics form coalition to challenge App Store fees

A group of Apple Inc's critics - including Spotify Technology SA, Match Group Inc and "Fortnite" creator Epic Games - have joined a nonprofit group that plans to advocate for legal and regulatory action to challenge the iPhone maker's App Store practices. Apple charges a commission of between 15%-30% for apps that use its in-app payment system and sets out extensive rules for apps in its App Store, which is the only way Apple allows consumers to download native apps to devices such as the iPhone. Those practices have drawn criticism and formal legal complaints from some developers. The Coalition…
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Apple rolls out Apple One, bundling all its subscriptions, and new products

Apple rolls out Apple One, bundling all its subscriptions, and new products

Apple Inc rolled out a new virtual fitness service and a bundle of all its subscriptions, Apple One, focusing a holiday season product launch on services that are the backbone of Apple's growth strategy and cater to customers working at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple also introduced a new Apple Watch Series 6 that monitors blood oxygen for $399 and a lower-cost Apple Watch SE for $279. The Apple One bundle will cost $15 per month for an individual plan or $20 per month for a family plan and include television, music and games. Apple is also offering a…
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Apple to launch new products on Sept. 15th

Apple to launch new products on Sept. 15th

Apple Inc on Tuesday invited media to a "special event" it is streaming on Sept. 15, with high anticipation that the iPhone maker will launch new versions of its core products. The event will be streamed on the company’s website from its campus in Cupertino, California, Apple said, without providing further details. While Apple uses its September events to showcase its most important products, new versions of iPhone handsets might still take time as the company in July had flagged a delay by few weeks from the usual timeline. Other products usually unveiled in September include new versions of Apple…
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Apple commits to freedom of information and expression in human rights policy

Apple commits to freedom of information and expression in human rights policy

Apple Inc said it was committed to freedom of information and expression in a document it has published on its human’s rights policy - a move which follows increased pressure from shareholders. The U.S. tech giant has come under fire for removing virtual network apps from its App store in China and at its February annual general meeting a shareholder proposal called on Apple to publicly commit "to respect freedom of expression as a human right". While it was defeated, it gained 40.6% of votes cast - far more than similar motions put forward previously and enough to push the…
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Apple removes Fortnite developer Epic from App Store

Apple removes Fortnite developer Epic from App Store

Apple Inc announced it had terminated "Fortnite" creator Epic Games' account on its App Store amid a legal battle over the iPhone maker's in-app payment guidelines and accusations they constitute a monopoly. Apple said its move will not affect Epic Games' Unreal Engine, a software tool relied on by hundreds of other app makers. But the move means iPhone users will not be able to download "Fortnite" or other Epic titles through the Apple App Store. Players who have already downloaded Epic's games will still be able to play but will no longer be able to make in-app purchases with…
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Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

Chinese artificial intelligence company files $1.4 billion lawsuit against Apple

Chinese artificial intelligence company Shanghai Zhizhen Intelligent Network Technology Co., Ltd., also known as Xiao-i, has filed a lawsuit against Apple Inc, alleging it has infringed on its patents. The company is calling for 10 billion yuan ($1.43 billion)in damages and demands that Apple cease "manufacturing, using, promising to sell, selling, and importing" products that infringe on the patent, it said in a social media post. Xiao-i argued that Apple's voice-recognition technology Siri infringes on a patent that it applied for in 2004 and was granted in 2009. Apple did not respond to a requst for comment. Reuters was not…
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Apple tax win flags EU problem of enemies within

Apple tax win flags EU problem of enemies within

by Aimee Donnellan via Reuters Breakingviews   The victor of a battle can still end up losing the war. But Apple’s win in a legal case over $15 billion of back taxes that the European Commission ordered the tech giant to pay to Ireland flags the problems that Europe’s antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, faces in a bigger fight over corporate tax reform. The European Union’s second-highest court on Wednesday rejected the commission’s order. It said that the EU executive did not clear the legal bar required to show that Apple had benefited from illegal state aid via two Irish tax…
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CorporateDispatchPro – Digitisation: Beyond Digital

CorporateDispatchPro – Digitisation: Beyond Digital

Companies today are born digital. The digitisation of processes not only opens up exciting new business opportunities but makes entrepreneurship itself more widely accessible and more democratic.   Technological change is nothing new, except for one thing. This time round the pace at which change is happening is at a rate faster than ever before.   The Covid-19 shock accelerated the adoption of technology across business sectors. We also analyse the impact of digitalisation on activism. This has also its geopolitical impact, with hacking taking centre stage at the global order.   CiConsulta's CorporateDispatchPro tries to provide an analysis of…
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