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There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

There’s a smartphone chip war brewing for 2018

The landscape for smartphone chip-makers like Apple, Qualcomm, and Samsung may be growing, but none can rest on its laurels as the industry tries to keep up with new trends like AI. SoC (System-on-Chip) design being increasingly brought in-house by players like Apple and Samsung are eating into the business of former go-to providers like Qualcomm, fueled in no small part by fierce and lengthy litigation over processor technology patents.

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iPhone X “wait and see” doubts damaged sales say analysts

iPhone X “wait and see” doubts damaged sales say analysts

Less than a third of new iPhone buyers bought the iPhone X in the first month that the flagship iOS smartphone was released, analysts claim, with pricing and skepticism blamed for the cautious uptake. Apple has been reluctant to share how new iPhone sales broke down in 2017, with the Cupertino firm even suggesting that, as it has never had three new handsets launching pretty much simultaneously before, even it was uncertain how consumers would behave.

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iPhone X sales slump predicted as skeptics speak up

iPhone X sales slump predicted as skeptics speak up

A high price tag and "lack of interesting innovations" could see iPhone X demand slump, some tech industry analysts are warning, predicting disappointment at Apple come 2018. The flagship iPhone was undoubtedly one of the most eagerly-anticipated launches of this year, though it brought with it an eye-watering price tag along with no small amount of controversy. Now, there are suggestions that enthusiasm could be waning.

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AirPods 2 tipped for 2018: Here’s what could be new

AirPods 2 tipped for 2018: Here’s what could be new

Apple's second-generation AirPods will launch in the latter half of 2018, complete with internal refinements, according to new analyst predictions. The wireless headphones have proved to be a stand-out hit for the Cupertino firm, despite their later-than-planned release. Indeed, Apple is struggling to keep AirPods in stock.

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2018’s new iPhone X battery may finally fix complaints

2018’s new iPhone X battery may finally fix complaints

2018's iPhone line-up will squeeze more battery into the same form-factor, it's reported, leading to longer-lasting phones. The improvements will be based on a combination of broader adoption of Apple's newest battery structure layout as seen in the iPhone X, and on new battery technology that will pack more mAh into each pack.

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iPhone X’s Face ID to replace all Touch ID in 2018 tips analyst

iPhone X’s Face ID to replace all Touch ID in 2018 tips analyst

Apple may be splitting the game between Face ID and its existing Touch ID system on iPhones in 2017, but don't expect to use your fingerprints much longer. The company is said to be ditching Touch ID altogether, in favor of the hands-off system that debuted this year on the iPhone X. That's despite suggestions from some quarters that Face ID was a stopgap measure as Apple faced technical difficulties with its original scheme.

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It’s costing Google billions for prime position on iOS

It’s costing Google billions for prime position on iOS

What's three billion dollars between friends (and arch-rivals), right? Google will reportedly drop a cool $3bn into Apple's back pocket this year alone, one analyst firm has suggested, in return for being the default search engine on the iPhone, iPad, and other iOS hardware. Although unconfirmed by either company, it's an indication of just how valuable mobile users are, and how much importance Google places on its role there despite considerable mindshare.

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iPhone 8 launch on time but there’s still bad news warns analyst

iPhone 8 launch on time but there’s still bad news warns analyst

Apple's much-anticipated iPhone 8 will launch on time, one high profile analyst has predicted, but be warned: even if you can afford it, you might not be able to find one to buy. After months of back-and-forth over just how much the flagship iPhone for 2017 will cost, now J.P. Morgan analyst Rod Hall has weighed in with his own tweaked predictions. According to Hall, it's actually likely to be more expensive than he first expected.

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iPhone 8 price tipped to start at $870

iPhone 8 price tipped to start at $870

Prepare to dig deep if you want a shiny new iPhone 8 later this year, with analysts warning that the next-generation smartphone will command a budget-busting price tag. The iPhone 8 is expected to be just one of a trio of new iPhones that Apple launches in 2017, part of its annual upgrade cycle. However, in marking the tenth anniversary of the series, the iPhone 8 will not only debut all-new features but a new premium tier of pricing.

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The iPhone 7 headphones savior won’t be Bluetooth

The iPhone 7 headphones savior won’t be Bluetooth

Apple's controversial - and unconfirmed - decision to kill the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 might not make Bluetooth its primary replacement, it's been suggested, with a proprietary wireless standard tipped to flatter audiophiles. The new flagship smartphone, expected to be revealed at a keynote event tomorrow, has divided Apple fans amid leaks suggesting Apple will continue its war on wires by skipping the aged but still commonplace 3.5mm headphone socket.

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Did Ford block Tesla’s Model E for its own 2019 electric plans?

Did Ford block Tesla’s Model E for its own 2019 electric plans?

Ford's reluctance to allow Tesla to use the "Model E" name may have been less about heritage and more about launching its own electric car with the badge. The automaker is rumored to be planning to use at least some of the production capacity of its new $1.6bn facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, to manufacture an electric vehicle that, in its various configurations, could rival Tesla's new Model 3, Toyota's Prius, and the Chevrolet Bolt.

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iPad Pro’s stylus a Force Touch option tips analyst

iPad Pro’s stylus a Force Touch option tips analyst

Apple's much-rumored iPad Pro will treat the stylus as an option, but one you'll need if you want Force Touch style pressure support according to one analyst's predictions. Tipped to be a 12.9-inch tablet focusing on graphics and multimedia professionals, the iPad Pro is widely expected to be announced later this year, but according to KGI Securities analyst Ming Chi-Kuo it will have an official companion accessory never before seen with an Apple product.

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