Apple recruits Samsung to resolve iPhone chip problems


Apple is leaning more heavily on Samsung.
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Apple is turning to Samsung to resolve some of the yield issues it is having with its NAND flash storage chips for the upcoming iPhone, claims a new report.

Existing suppliers SK Hynix and Toshiba have reportedly both experienced lower-than-expected yield rates for the next-gen iPhone chips. As a result, the overall supply of NAND flash chips bound for Cupertino has fallen short of demand by as much as 30 percent.

You’ll have to pay extra to enjoy iPhone 8’s wireless charging


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We may have to wait for an update to activate wireless charging.
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iPhone 8 will finally bring wireless charging, according to one reliable analyst — but you’ll have to pay extra to enjoy it.

Although Qi charging technology is expected to be baked into every model as standard, iPhone 8 will not ship with the required charging pad.

Apple could spend big for exclusivity over LG’s OLED displays


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Future iPhone displays could all be made by LG.
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Apple could make a significant investment in LG Display’s new OLED production facility to ensure exclusive supply for future iPhones, according to a new report.

The company is said to be considering a 2 trillion to 3 trillion won (approx. $1.75 billion to $2.62 billion) deal, and a final decision is expected later this month.

iPhone 7 and 7 Plus still rule the roost in U.S. sales


The iPhone 7 is continuing to be a massive money maker for Apple.
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Excitement for the forthcoming iPhone 8 may be continuing to build, but the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are still holding strong in the sales department.

According to new figures released by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, the two current generation iPhone models were the top two smartphones in the U.S., in terms of sales, for the three months ending in May.

Apple suppliers confirm two of iPhone 8’s biggest features


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We could be waiting a long time for iPhone 8.
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Apple supplier Largan says it will ship its new 3D sensors in time for iPhone 8, while another supply chain vendor confirms waterproof wireless charging technology.

Largan’s sensors are capable of carrying out facial and iris recognition and provide an alternative to fingerprint scanning. They could be the solution Apple turns to if it is unable to embed a Touch ID scanner beneath the iPhone 8’s display.

Samsung will make 80 million OLED displays for iPhone 8 in 2017


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iPhone 8 will be worth the late.
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Samsung will manufacture 80 million AMOLED displays for the iPhone 8 during the second half of 2017, according to a new report.

Sources in Apple’s supply chain claim that other manufacturers have also begun mass-producing components for the company’s next-generation handsets — though iPhone 8 may not hit peak production until mid-September.