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China bans most iPhone sales after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple

China bans most iPhone sales after granting Qualcomm an injunction against Apple

A Chinese court has banned the sale and import of most iPhone models in a stunning decision amid the trade war between the United States and China. The ban does not cover the new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus or iPhone XR, which were not yet available when Qualcomm filed its lawsuit. The phones covered by the ban make up about 10% to 15% of current iPhone sales in China, according to Daniel Ives, analyst at Wedbush Securities. The court granted a pair of preliminary injunctions requested by Qualcomm, an American microchip maker. Qualcomm claims that Apple violates two of its patents in the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. The patents allow people to edit and resize photos on a phone and to manage apps by using a touchscreen, according to Qualcomm.
Apple Watch electrocardiogram and irregular heart rate features are available today

Apple Watch electrocardiogram and irregular heart rate features are available today

Today, with an update to watchOS, Apple is making its electrocardiogram (EKG) reading feature available to Apple Watch Series 4 owners. It’s also releasing an irregular rate notification feature that will be available on Apple Watches going back to Series 1. Both are a part of watchOS 5.1.2. When the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced this past September, the most significant new hardware feature besides the larger screen was probably the ability to take an EKG directly on the Watch. And while the electrodes on the digital crown and the backside of the Watch were there, the software to support them hadn’t been released. Now it’s here.
Apple shares fall after HSBC downgrade: 'Facing the reality of market saturation'

Apple shares fall after HSBC downgrade: 'Facing the reality of market saturation'

Apple shares fell Tuesday after HSBC downgraded the stock, citing too much dependence on a single product and slowing emerging markets economies. HSBC downgraded Apple to hold from buy and cut its 12-month price target to $200 from $205. Apple shares fell 1.7 percent to $181.66 shortly after the opening bell Tuesday, adding to an 18 percent decline already for this quarter. HSBC also went into an in-depth analysis of whether Apple should trade at a higher earnings multiple in line with stocks that sell luxury goods. It concluded that Apple's shares are not "particularly expensive" but don't deserve a higher multiple associated with luxury brands.
Apple jumps, leading technology shares higher as tariff threat to iPhones on hold for now

Apple jumps, leading technology shares higher as tariff threat to iPhones on hold for now

Apple shares jumped Monday after the U.S. and China reached a trade cease-fire, just as concern was ratcheting up that the iPhone maker would be next to be entangled in the trade dispute. Apple gained 1.8 percent on the week's first day of trading after President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to hold off on additional tariffs on each other's goods at the start of the new year to allow for talks to continue for 90 days. The U.S. agreed to leave tariffs on more than $200 billion worth of Chinese products at 10 percent, instead of raising the rate to 25 percent, as threatened.
Apple Music is coming to Echo devices next month

Apple Music is coming to Echo devices next month

Amazon’s Echo smart speakers already support a variety of music services, including Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, and TuneIn. And starting on December 17th, Apple Music will join this little cohort. Apple Music users will be able to ask Alexa to play their favorite songs, artists, and albums, as well as any of the streaming service’s curated playlists and radio stations. Echo owners will simply need to enable the Apple Music skill in the Alexa app, link their account, and they’ll be good to go.
Apple is boosting the trade-in value of old iPhones

Apple is boosting the trade-in value of old iPhones

Apple skipped on offering much in the way of must-have discounts for Black Friday or Cyber Monday, but today it launched a significant boost to trade-in credit for older iPhones. The amount you’re getting probably still isn’t equal to what you’d make by selling on Craigslist or elsewhere, but Apple’s option is all about convenience.
Supreme Court Appears to Lean Heavily Against Apple's Defense of Its Walled Garden

Supreme Court Appears to Lean Heavily Against Apple's Defense of Its Walled Garden

On Monday, Apple finally had its highly anticipated hearing before the United States Supreme Court. Since 2011, the tech giant has been fighting antitrust litigation that claims its App Store policies amount to an unfair monopoly. Those who were present at today’s hearing say the case’s outcome isn’t looking great for Apple.
Apple's stock rout starts and ends with the iPhone

Apple's stock rout starts and ends with the iPhone

The stock, once a safe haven from market turmoil, is more than 20 percent below all-time highs and clinging to modest year-to-date gains. The stock has shed more than a $100 billion of its historic $1 trillion market valuation. It's on pace for its eighth straight week of declines and its worst month of trading since the 2008 financial crisis.
Bendgate Pro? Apple's new iPad is easily bent out of shape

Bendgate Pro? Apple's new iPad is easily bent out of shape

In recent years, new devices have been a little straight-laced. There was a time, you see, when the most important thing about a new phone was whether it could be easily bent. The iPhone 6 Plus, for example, was the subject of the famous Bendgate. Initial tests by instant examiners showed that it wasn't wise to put the phone in your back pocket and sit on it. Now, though, we may have a new, warped Apple problem. Famed tester Zach Nelson, aka Jerry Rig Everything, got hold of the new iPad Pro and bent it completely out of shape.
Apple not in settlement talks 'at any level' with Qualcomm: source

Apple not in settlement talks 'at any level' with Qualcomm: source

Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is not in talks “at any level” to settle its wide-ranging legal dispute with mobile chip maker Qualcomm Inc (QCOM.O), according to a source familiar with the matter. In the past, Apple used Qualcomm’s modem chips in its flagship iPhone models to help them connect to wireless data networks. But early last year, Apple sued Qualcomm in federal court in San Diego, alleging that the chip company’s practice of taking a cut of the selling price of phones as a patent license fee was illegal.


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