Apple Watch snags more than 50% of smartwatch revenue

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Apple Watch Series 5 sold especially well in the first half of 2020, raking in plenty of revenue.
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The Apple Watch essentially launched the smartwatch category, and continues to dominate it. And rather than competitors catching up, Apple’s share of this market in increasing. It took in 51.4% of the worldwide revenue from shipments of smartwatches during the first half of 2020, a significant rise from the same period last year.

Huawei overtakes Apple in first quarter to become China’s No. 1 tablet maker

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Unlike most, Huawei had a great first three months of the year.
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The iPad no longer rules the tablet roost in China, the country Tim Cook previously claimed is Apple’s future biggest market. According to a Tuesday report from the South China Morning Post, Huawei has overtaken Apple to be the No. 1 tablet maker in China for the first quarter of 2020.

China’s tablet shipments fell a massive 30% in the first three months of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, while most manufacturers (including Apple) shipped fewer units for the quarter, Huawei actually grew 4.3% year on year. In doing so, it claimed 40.2% of the market, next to Apple’s 31.5%.

China won’t punish Apple over US sanctions on Huawei, experts claim

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Chinese company Huawei wants the media buzz that would come with releasing the world's first foldable phone.
Chinese state media has suggested U.S. companies like Apple could face sanctions.
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Despite concerns being raised, Apple is unlikely to face any blowback from China over the United State’s current standoff with Huawei, experts told CNBC in a report published Tuesday.

Chinese state media recently suggested that U.S. firms including Apple could have their success in China hampered by “rounds of endless investigations” after the White House imposed sanctions on Chinese smartphone maker Huawei. But expert voices suggest China’s bark may be worse than its bite in this case.

Trump’s war with Huawei could result in ‘endless investigations’ of Apple in China

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Chinese company Huawei wants the media buzz that would come with releasing the world's first foldable phone.
Trump's war with Huawei could hurt Apple.
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President Donald Trump’s Huawei sanctions could result in the Chinese government hitting American companies, including Apple hard, new reports claim.

Fresh reports by the Washington Post, Global Times and Daily Mail say China could launch “rounds of endless investigations” on U.S. firms operating in China. These will have the effect of “[dampening] investors’ confidence” and squeezing the income of these firms in the China market.

China prepares to retaliate against Apple for US sanctions on Huawei

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Apple could be caught in the middle of the trade war between the U.S. and China.
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The Trump administration on Friday announced a new rule aimed at blocking Huawei from getting the processors it needs to make phones, networking equipment and more. The Chinese government reportedly threatened to retaliate against Apple and other American companies.

Huawei just had to copy the Apple Card

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Huawei Card borrows quite a bit from Apple Card.
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Huawei unveiled its own credit card April 8, just a year after the debut of the Apple Card. That might be a coincidence if the Chinese company didn’t have a long history of copying Apple.

Fixed Wi-Fi chip flaw leaves many Apple devices vulnerable to intrusion

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The iPhone XR uses a Wi-Fi chip that's affected by the vulnerability.
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Security researchers discovered a critical flaw in Wi-Fi chips made by Broadcom and Cypress Semiconductor that were used in Apple devices.

The discovery was presented at the RSA security conference in San Francisco this morning, revealing that billions of devices could have been affected. Attackers could use the vulnerability to decrypt private data sent over the air. Most manufacturers have already released a patch to fix the issue, but it’s unclear how many of the devices have been updated.

The following Apple devices were affected:

New Huawei tablet adds features iPad owners can only dream about

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Huawei MatePad Pro is like an iPad Pro, but cheaper
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Huawei is outrageously flattering the iPad Pro.
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Huawei added cutting-edge features to its iPad Pro rival. A MatePad Pro update includes 5G built-in cellular-wireless networking. And it offers two-way wireless charging, so the tablet can send power to another device.

These features were added to a device clearly made to resemble Apple’s top-tier iPad.

US slams Huawei with racketeering charges

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Huawei has been relentless in its pursuit to become the world's biggest tech company.
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Apple’s biggest competition from China just got hit with the R.I.C.O.

The FBI and US Department of Justice revealed this afternoon 16 charges filed against Huawei, one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers. Prosecutors claim Huawei conspired to steal trade secrets, commit wire fraud and conspired to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO).

We’re still digging into the 56-page indictment, but it looks like Huawei was on a two-decade-long streak of keepin it gangsta.

Coronavirus’ latest victim: Massive electronics show MWC

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Everyone who is anyone in mobile (except Apple) will be at Mobile World Congress 2018.
MWC Barcelona 2020 has been canceled.
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Mobile World Congress 2020, the biggest annual trade show focused on smartphones, has been canceled.

News of the canceling comes less than two weeks before the event was supposed to open its doors in Barcelona, Spain where over 100,000 visitors and over 2,000 exhibitors from around the world were expected to attend.