Court docs show Apple knew about the bendiness of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus

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Newly released court documents reveal just how much Apple apparently knew about the iPhone 6’s and 6 Plus’ propensity to bend. A report by Motherboard shows parts of the documents that were made public by US District Court judge Lucy Koh (most of the documents remain sealed) and they say Apple’s internal testing found that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models were indeed bendier than previous iPhones.

“The iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s” and “the iPhone 6 Plus was 7.2 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s,” the document states. Judge Koh wrote that “one of the major concerns Apple Identified prior to launching the iPhones was that they were ‘likely to bend more easily when compared to previous generations.'”

Flashback to Bendgate

The bending issues with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus date

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Apple reportedly knew the iPhone 6 was bendier than previous models

When Apple responded to complaints about bent iPhone 6 devices, it said damage caused regular use is “extremely rare.” It also reiterated that the model went through durability testing to make sure it can withstand daily use and even invited the press to show how it conducts stress testing. Now, internal documents from a court filing have revealed that Cupertino knew from the start that the iPhone 6 was 3.3 times more likely to bend than the iPhone 5s. The bigger 6 Plus? It was 7.2 times more prone to bending.

Source: Motherboard

Apple’s iPhone beats smartphone industry trend in Taiwan

I’m not sure the guy bottom right got that victory sign quite right.

We know that while U.S. smartphone sales overall declined, sales of Apple’s iPhone grew. Now we find out the situation is the same in Taiwan, where smartphone sales also dipped while iPhone sales grew.

Apple grows as market shrinks

Digitimes tells us that smartphone sales in Taiwan hit 490,000 units in April after five consecutive months of decline. Apple was the top vendor in April in terms of shipment volume, the report claims, saying iPhones took 22.6 percent of Taiwan’s smartphone market.

No wonder it opened a retail outlet in Taiwan last year. Here is how its top five competitors compare:

  1. Samsung: 19.6%
  2. Asustek: 10.5%
  3. Oppo: 10.3%
  4. Sony: 8.4%
  5. HTC: 7.2%

When it comes to money, Apple once again led the industry.

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Apple’s new iPhones may have the first 7-nanometer chips

Apple’s new chip for the next-gen iPhones is smaller than its predecessors — it’s also already in production, according to a new report by Bloomberg. Cupertino’s manufacturing partner, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., has reportedly started mass producing the 7-nanometer chip that was created to be faster and more efficient than the 10-nanometer design (used for the iPhone 8 and X) it’s replacing. It will enable faster app loading times and longer battery life, which are qualities that can convince buyers to get an iPhone instead of a Galaxy S or any other device from its competitors.

Source: Bloomberg

Why Google IO 2018 squandered AI leadership to focus on copying Apple’s innovations

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Google appears to have a formidable lead in developing "smart services," including intelligent search, voice assistance, map routing, imaging and other app features powered by artificial intelligence. Yet at its annual Google IO developer conference, the company failed to show developers how this edge would do much for them, given that most Android devices aren’t updated and that Google’s own updated, premium-priced Android devices aren’t selling.