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.
Comcast Details Mobile Phone Service as Xfinity Mobile
Comcast today revealed details of its forthcoming Xfinity Mobile phone service. The company will use Verizon's 4G LTE network for the service, using an existing MVNO agreement.
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.
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.
Samsung to Pay Apple $548M for Patents - with a Catch
Samsung will send Apple a check for $548 million to settle its ongoing patent litigation, according to FOSS Patents. The companies filed paperwork with a California court on Dec.