Apple Reduces Memory Chip Orders from Samsung
Apple has scaled back orders for memory chips from Samsung, reports Reuters. Citing an unnamed source familiar with Apple's plans, Reuters says that the move by Apple has nothing to do with the ongoing legal battles between the two companies. Instead, Apple is seeking to diversify its component suppliers ahead of product launches planned for the fall in order to avoid supply chain problems. "Samsung is still on the list of initial memory chip suppliers (for new iPhones). But Apple orders have been trending down," said Reuters' source. Apple purchases a number of iPhone, iPad, and iPod components from Samsung, including DRAM and NAND memory chips, and the microprocessor that run the devices. Neither Samsung nor Apple commented on Reuters' story.
Powermat to Upgrade Starbucks Charging Mats to Support iPhone X
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
Apple's Wireless Headphones Reach the Apple Store
Apple today began accepting orders for its AirPod wireless headphones. The AirPods instantly turn on and connect to nearby iPhones when the carrying case is opened.
Apple Files Another Grievance Against Qualcomm
Apple is taking another angle in its patent fight with Qualcomm. The iPhone maker is going after one of Qualcomm's core strategies, which is to demand a percentage of the sale price for every iPhone sold in addition to the cost of the processors, basebands, modems, and other Qualcomm chips that may be inside.
Smartflash Sues Apple Again Over Newer iPhones
Smartflash, a Texas-based patent holding firm that won a courtroom victory over Apple earlier this week, is suing the company again. According to Smartflash, it was unable to include Apple's most recent devices, such as the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2, in its initial lawsuit.