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Apple orders 70 million bent OLED screens from Samsung

Apple has ordered
more than 70 million OLED screens from Samsung and it is believed that the curved screens will go into its coming iPhone 8

Nikkei Asian Review cited sources close to Apple’s supply chain, has no other details about the order, but says the screens will be used in a phone.

Apple will launch three new iPhones this autumn: Two with a regular, LCD screen, and a “premium” variant that will have a curved OLED screen.

Previous reliable rumours had claimed that Samsung Display will manufacture a total of 160 million OLED panels for Apple which suggests that Apple might not be expecting to sell so many of the pricy phones as it thought.

According to the outlet, all three new iPhones will come with wireless charging, and all three will be waterproof. Furthermore, at least one model will have 3D sensors with built-in facial recognition.

This is all a bit of a snooze really, as it is the sort of tech which adds little to the phone.

Nikkei claims the two LCD-screened iPhones will be 4.7- and 5.5-inches big – just like the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, while the premium variant will have a 5.2-inch OLED screen.

iPhone 6 battery fault is coming in the air tonight – oh lord.

tumblr_mv4z33OR101qdqzl4o1_500Fruity tax-dodging cargo-cult Apple has come up with another of its legendary stupid reasons for its products to fail.

Before it has covered up its poor designs by claiming that users were “holding their phones wrong” but the latest excuse really must take the cake – it is blaming the air.

Those who paid a lot of cash for an iPhone 6 found that it was starting to switch itself off a year later – coincidently just before Apple launched its iPhone 7. The batteries could cause the phones to shutdown without warning, an issue that Apple now says was caused by overexposure to “controlled ambient air”.

Apple probably means they sat out in the open in some warehouse for longer than they should have. Even if this were the case you would think that the design genii at Apple could handle the Air, after all there is rather a lot of air out there.

Apple isn’t replacing those batteries just yet, but the company says that an iOS update “available next week” will add “additional diagnostic capability” that will allow Apple to better track down and diagnose the causes of these shutdowns. Yep it it is offering an air detector, we think even Apple could write software which could do that.

It “may potentially help Apple improve the algorithms used to manage battery performance and shutdown,” as well. Those improvements will be included in future iOS updates.

In the meantime don’t breathe on your iPhone 6, it is a delicate flower and does not like it.

UK coppers break encryption with staged muggings

copper UK coppers have decided it is not worth the effort of trying to break the encryption on a suspect’s mobile phone. Instead they are just stealing the phone before the suspect can stick their security up.

Scotland Yard’s cybercrime unit smashed a fake credit card fraud racket recently but appeared to use some unorthodox methods to do it.

Inspector Knacker of the Yard realised crucial evidence in the investigation was concealed on a suspect’s iPhone – but it would be unobtainable if the device was locked. So they waited for him to be on a call and then seized the phone in the street. This beat all the security settings.

Gabriel Yew had been under investigation for the suspected manufacture of fake cards that gangs were using across Europe to buy luxury goods. Detectives suspected that he was using an iPhone exclusively to communicate to other members of the network but knew if they arrested him, he could refuse to unlock it and they would never see incriminating evidence.

It was all because they knew they could not legally force a suspect’s finger or thumb on to the device’s fingerprint reader to unlock it.

However, for some reason UK law did allow them to stage their own lawful “street robbery” – using a similar snatch technique to a thief – and in June a team set out to do precisely that.

Undercover surveillance officers trailed Yew and waited for him to unlock his phone to make a call – thereby disabling the encryption.

One officer then rushed in to seize the phone from Yew’s hand – just as would happen in a criminal mugging. As his colleagues restrained the suspect, the officer continually “swiped” through the phone’s screens to prevent it from locking before they had downloaded its data.

Det Ch Insp Andrew Gould who led the operation said the evidence was crucial to the prosecution.

The phone revealed shed-loads of data on  Yew’s  business practices. He had orders for fake cards and there was evidence linking him to four men who were subsequently convicted and a further 100 potential suspects.
Yew pleaded guilty to fraud and weapons offences and at a sentencing hearing this week at Blackfriars Crown Court was jailed for five and a half years.

Android rules the world

ANDROIDAlthough you would not know it judging by the amount of press it gets, Android is on nine out of ten smartphones.

According to market researcher Strategy Analytics Android captured 88 percent of all smartphone shipped in the third quarter of 2016.

Its growth came at the expense of every major rival platform,” Strategy Analytics’ Linda Sui said in a press release.

“Apple iOS lost ground to Android and dipped to 12 percent market share,” primarily because of “lackluster” sales in China and Africa, she said.

BlackBerry and Microsoft Windows disappeared during 1 July  and the end of September.

So, the question is, why is Apple still being pushed as the archetypal “smartphone” when it clearly isn’t? We did a quick survey of the news feeds this morning and more than 80 per cent of smartphone stories were about the iPhone. What is the point about writing about a phone brand that less than ten per cent of your readers own?

Android’s leading position faces challenges in a market filled with phones made by hundreds of manufacturers, few of which turn a profit. That’s not helped by Google’s new Pixel phone, which competes against the companies that made it popular in the first place, Strategy Analytics said.

About 375 million smartphones shipped in the third quarter of 2016, up 6 percent from 354.2 million units in the same period last year. Shipments of Android-based phones rose 10.3 percent, while Apple’s iPhones fell 5.2 percent.

Canadian coppers start spying on journalists

mountiemaintainThe Canadian press is rather miffed that one of its number is being spied upon by Montreal’s coppers.

Patrick Lagacé’s iPhone was tracked by Montreal police even though many people believe that the Apple’s flagship phone is safe.

La Presse reported Monday at least 24 surveillance warrants were issued for this year at the request of the police special investigations unit. That section looks into crime within the police force.

Lagacé’s doings were tracked using the GPS chip in his iPhone. The warrants used to obtain the identities of everyone he spoke to or exchanged text messages with during that time.

Tom Henheffer, executive director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression said that the new powers that the police have to spy on Canadians were absolutely horrifying.

“They’re basically limitless, there’s very little oversight, and when that happens the system will be ripe for abuse, and this is just an example of how it’s abused. What’s even more worrying about it is the fact that this is a justice of the peace who actually authorised this.”

Lagacé thinks he was put under police surveillance as part of an ‘attempt to intimidate’. It’s part of a “culture shift” among law enforcement and judges that began with the passing of Bill C-51 under the previous Conservative government, he said. ​

The idea is to scare the hacks into turning over their secret sauce recipes.  Apparently it is getting worse. In September, the Sûreté du Québec seized Journal de Montréal reporter Michael Nguyen’s computer because they believed he illegally obtained information cited in a story he wrote.

Meanwhile the Mounties are trying to get a reporter from Vice News to hand over background materials used for stories on a suspected terrorist and spied on two hacks for more than a week without any authorisation.

The government has promised to change “problematic” parts of bill C-51 in the 2015 election, but have not done anything yet.

Lagacé said police told him they obtained the court-authorised warrants because they believed the target of one of their investigations was feeding him information. However, the story was not broken by Lagacé but one of his rivals.  This makes him think that the investigation was a thinly veiled attempt to learn the identity of his sources within the police department.

IPhone make-overs are apparently a thing in China

lipstick-on-a-pig-1Fruity tax-dodging cargo cult Apple is facing a huge problem with its Chinese sales – not only are the Chinese not interested in its products, they are actually using common sense to avoid an expensive upgrade.

Chinese iPhone owners are giving their old models a makeover to look like the latest iPhone 7, rather than buying new.

Online sites offer shoppers makeover kits, false cameras and even dust plugs to hide the removed headphone jack to give their iPhone 6 or 6S the appearance of the iPhone 7.

Apparently, the Chinese think that the iPhone 7 doesn’t have enough new features to convince them to trade up, but it is worth looking like you have money to spend to do it.

Searches on platforms including Alibaba’s Taobao showed a range of products to transform older phones to an iPhone 7 – from stickers and engraving services to replacing the outer casing and hardware.

Apparently the iPhone 4 is the best used iPhone out there because it is more durable than the later incarnations.  Tarting up the phones show that really Apple has made sod all difference to the thing over the years.

Hopes that Apple might convert a few Samsung users behind the bamboo curtain after the Note 7 fiasco have also been dashed.  As one Chinese bloke told Rueters: “It is better to have a phone that explodes than an iPhone 7 which lacks any innovation.”

Melting Note 7 did not stop Samsung making a killing

Samsung-Galaxy-S7-ReviewThe Tame Apple Presses campaign to get its iPhone 7 selected over the Samsung Note 7 has failed to damage Samsung’s bottom line.

Since the iPhone 7 was launched the Tame Apple Press has been running scare stories about the Note 7 and over reacting to a battery problem which cased half a dozen to over heat. Samsung recalled the Note 7 and replaced the battery and the Tame Apple Press rubbed its paws with glee claiming that Samsung would suffer a billion dollar loss from having to recall the phones.

It turns out that did not happen.

Samsung said that it expects third-quarter profit to grow 5.6 percent, beating estimates, as a pickup in chip and display earnings off set its smartphone woes.

The world’s biggest smartphone maker said  its operating profit for July-September was likely $7 billion, compared with the 6.4 billion tipped by a Thomson Reuters StarMine SmartEstimate of analysts’ forecasts. A year earlier operating profit was just under $7 billion

Revenue for the quarter likely fell 5.2 percent  the South Korean firm said. This was much less than the Tame Apple Press predicted.

Samsung’s semiconductor business did really well, ironically flogging its chips for the new iPhones and other products launched ahead of the peak year-end sales season.

The Note 7 problems could also boost Samsung’s chip business. Industry executives say the sudden need for chips in 2.5 million replacement phones is exacerbating already tight memory market conditions, which could push prices higher.

Paul Romano, chief operating officer at U.S.-based electronic component distributor Fusion Worldwide, said the firm’s clients, which include Samsung, are currently having a harder time procuring memory chips. Some smartphone makers are also trying to secure more of the chips as they see an opportunity capitalize on Samsung’s mis-steps and boost handset sales, Romano said.



Apple press worries about Chinese iPhone 7 response

big-trouble-in-little-chinaFruity tax dodger Apple expects the Internet to be alive at the moment talking about its coming iPhone 7 release.  It is a sign that its marketing has generated enthusiasm.  However, in key markets like China the discussion is the same as a Trappist monastery after a laryngitis outbreak.

The iPhone 7 is basically just the iPhone 6 with a better chip and terrible Bluetooth wireless sound system. While the Tame Apple Press enthuses about the phone, most people who know about technology feel that there is not much to offer.

The Chinese market is also discerning and less influenced by Apple’s marketing than Jobs’ Mob would like. This time, observers are looking for mention if the iPhone 7 and finding tumbleweed instead.

Posts on China’s popular Sina Weibo microblogging site show the iPhone 6, which took China by storm in 2014 with its new, larger screen, attracted around 15 times more comments in the month before launch than this year’s model.

Apple’s Greater China sales dropped by a third in April-June, albeit after more than doubling a year earlier, and revenue was down by more than a quarter to $8.8 billion – around a fifth of its total sales. Its 7.8 percent market share ranked fifth in China, trailing local vendors Huawei, OPPO and Vivo, which together accounted for 47 percent.

Apple also saw its value added services such as ibooks and movies closed in China after Beijing imposed strict curbs in March on online publishing.

Ben Cavender, Shanghai-based director at China Market Research Group, who described current consumer interest in China as “muted”.

Strategy Analytics claims that iPhone shipments in China will decline 20 percent in the second half of this year to 21 million from a year ago.

Strategy Analytics analyst Neil Mawston said that Apple was struggling with consumer ‘iPhone fatigue’ in China, while competition from Huawei, Oppo and others remains fierce,” said.

Concerns that Apple has hit “peak iPhone” have harmed the firm’s shares this year, with the stock price up just 2.35 percent.


Apple increases iPhone 7 orders

apple-dalek-2Fruity tax dodger Apple has hiked orders for parts and components required for the production of the upcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, after its rival Samsung announced its Note 7 was having battery problems.

For those who came in late, Apple is going to be releasing its iPhone 7 and 7 Plus which is basically the iPhone 6 and 6S with a better chip and no headphone jack.  Neither Apple nor analysts expected the phone to do very well and predicted shipments of the iPhone 7 this year would reach only 60 percent of that number over the same period.

But after the Note 7 started experiencing battery problems, Apple suddenly boosted the number of iPhone 7 orders by ten percent.

The figure is not much, but it does indicate that Apple thinks it can squeeze a few more sales on the back of Samsung’s troubles.  The Note 7 as a direct competitor to Apple’s 5.5-inch iPhones.

Samsung has told customers it will take at least 14 days to replace their phones, and with several mobile operators including T-Mobile offering full refunds to Note buyers over the same week the new iPhones are expected to be announced.

The Tame Apple press is flat out trying to save Apple’s bacon on the move, claiming that suddenly the piss-poor upgrade is “tempting.” Others have even suggested that Samsung’s woes were because it was trying to race Apple to the market with a comparable phone.  However Samsung’s phone is much better than what is believed to be the iPhone 7 spec and the battery woes are nothing to do with the design.  In fact the Note 7 had glowing reviews and the battery issue was caused by a third party part.

Previous information from notable smartphone leaker Even Blass suggested pre-orders for the iPhone 7 will take place this Friday, September 9, two days after the debut event with a launch for September 16.

This will give Samsung time to sort out its problems and have a minimum impact on the iPhone 7 sales. Some Apple suppliers reportedly are worried that the uplift could be short-lived, given that order volumes for new parts and components may start drifting down in Q4 “on seasonality.”


Apple patents thief data capture

apple-dalek-2Fruity cargo cult Apple has patented the slightly legally dodgy technique of capturing the biometric data of those who steal its customer’s shiny toys.

According to the US Patent and Trademark Office , Apple’s invention has the catchy title “Biometric capture for unauthorised user identification”.

It uses the iPhone or iPad’s Touch ID module, camera and other sensors to capture and store information about a potential thief.

Apple’s patent is governed by device triggers, to also collect unauthorised user data. A single failed authentication triggers the immediate capture of fingerprint data and a picture of the user, but the device might be configured to evaluate the factors that ultimately trigger biometric capture based on a set of defaults defined by internal security protocols or the user.

However, the patent application mentions machine learning as a potential solution for deciding when to capture biometric data and how to manage it.

Other data can be used to augment the biometric information such as time stamps, device location, speed, air pressure, audio data and more, all collected and logged as background operations.

The unauthorized user’s data is then either stored locally on the device or sent to a remote server for further evaluation.

Basically the idea is that once someone has stolen your iPhone, that phone will turn against them and grass up any personal information it can find to the cops.

The danger for the thief is that the data they use could be grassing them up for other crimes and get them into an ocean of hot water.