Apple is operating a secret lab to develop new iPhone screens


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Apple is moving yet more development in-house.
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Apple has opened a secret production lab in northern Taiwan, developing screens for future iOS devices, a new report claims.

The company has reportedly hired talent from display makers AU Optronics and Qualcomm — the latter company having previously operated the building. By running its own display manufacturing facility, Apple hopes to reduce its reliance on third party suppliers such as Samsung, LG Display, Sharp, and Japan Display.

Apple fined for illegally dictating iPhone contract prices


The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will look just like the iPhone 6.
Apple is guilty of setting iPhone prices.
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Many of Apple’s manufacturers may be based in Taiwan, but that hasn’t stopped a Taiwanese court from finding the company guilty of engaging in anti-competitive practices.

Apple’s crime? Making its telecom partners in Taiwan run their pricing plans past Apple prior to making then available to the public.

“Apple limited telecoms from setting contract price for its 4, 4s, 5 and 5s models, which is against the law,” says a spokesperson for Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission.

iPhone 6 dominates smartphone sales in Taiwan


Gene testing, coming soon to an iPhone near you. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac
The iPhone 6 is big in Taiwan. Photo: Jim Merithew/Cult of Mac

When it comes to Asia, Apple’s increasing foothold in China has been the big Cupertino-related story of the year. However, mainland China’s far from the only Asian country that’s big into Apple devices.

According to a new report published today, Apple stormed the smartphone market in Taiwan for the month of November, capturing a 24.6 percent share in sales volume, and a massive 48.9 percent in sales value.

Of the 10 top-selling phone models sold in Taiwan last month, different configurations of the iPhone 6 represented four of them, with the most popular models being the 64GB iPhone 6 Plus, the 64GB iPhone 6, and the 16GB variants of both devices.