Apple funds suppliers who fight back against Qualcomm

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And just when we thought this case was calming down!
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Apple is reportedly paying the legal costs of four of its assemblers, Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal, as they challenge Qualcomm in court.

In a filing made late Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California, the Apple suppliers allege that Qualcomm has violated two sections of the U.S. antitrust law, the Sherman Act.

iPhone 8 won’t enter mass-production until months after launch

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We could be waiting a long time for iPhone 8.
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Want to be one of the first to get your hands on Apple’s big iPhone 8 upgrade this fall? Prepare yourself for disappointment.

According to a new report, the device won’t enter mass-production until months after its official unveiling, and only small quantities will be available at first.

China’s black market can build an iPhone from scratch

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China's black market looks like "an iPhone factory has thrown up all over itself."
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iPhone-turns-10-1You don’t have to visit a Foxconn factory to see an iPhone built from scratch.

Visit China’s black market and you’ll meet traders with the components, tools, and know-how to build you a working handset for a fraction of the price you would pay Apple. The whole process is complete by the time you’ve finished your coffee.

First ‘Assembled in India’ iPhones go on sale

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One of the first iPhones "assembled in India."
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Apple’s first iPhone SE units manufactured in India are now on sale in the country.

“Designed by Apple in California, Assembled in India,” reads the tagline on the back. Despite being made locally, the devices cost exactly the same as those shipped from China.

Foxconn considers 7 states for first U.S. iPhone factory

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Foxconn's first U.S. factory is on the way.
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Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said that Foxcon is currently weighing up the pros and cons of seven possible states in which to set up its first U.S.-based factory.

These states include Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas, all of which were chosen because — in Gou’s words — “they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector.”

Qualcomm asks a court to force iPhone makers to pay up

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Qualcomm says Apple is playing dirty.
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Qualcomm has asked a court to force iPhone suppliers to keep paying it royalty payments while it is in the middle of its standoff with Apple.

The tech giant has updated one of its lawsuits to include what it claims is additional evidence about Apple instructing third-party suppliers not to pay money they owe to Qualcomm. Qualcomm suggests that this is an underhanded tactic on Apple’s part to force it to settle sooner.

Today in Apple history: Apple responds to Foxconn suicides

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Apple was criticized for conditions on the iPhone production line.
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May25May 25, 2010: Apple makes its first public statement after news breaks concerning a number of suicides at manufacturing partner Foxconn’s factories in China.

Coming after the ninth Foxconn death is reported, Apple says that it is “independently evaluating” Foxconn’s response, and that it will carry out its own investigations of the facilities where its products are made.

It’s a tough challenge for Apple to deal with, and one that Steve Jobs’ comments don’t exactly help…

Four Apple suppliers get dragged into Qualcomm conflict

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Apple apparently wants its manufacturers to withhold payments to Qualcomm.
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Qualcomm has filed a complaint against manufacturers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal as part of its ongoing conflict with Apple.

In a statement given today, Qualcomm noted that while iPhone makers Foxconn, Pegatron, Wistron and Compal don’t dispute “their contractual obligations to pay for the use of Qualcomm’s inventions, the manufacturers say they must follow Apple’s instructions not to pay.”