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  • Apple's COO delivers blistering testimony on Qualcomm's 'onerous demands' over cellular pa...

    mattinoz said:
    sflocal said:
    That's pretty ballsy of Qualcomm.  If I buy a chip from QC, that's it.  They got their money.  For them to demand (and expect) a 5% "royalty" based on the price of my product, especially if their chip only constitutes a small percentage of the entire device is worthy of an episode in "Narcos".  

    So if I put that chip in a piece-of-s**t $50 plastic Android phone, they get $2.50 and if I put that same chip in a $1,500 iPhone that's actually built well and performs better, and those improvements have absolutely nothing to do with Qualcomm, they expect $75?  F**k that!!

    Qualcomm's dirty laundry is coming out in baskets.  With all this negative news coming out about Qualcomm and their gestapo tactics, they will be begging Apple to quickly settle and save face.  I'm glad that Apple is taking this standing up and teaching a lesson to Qualcomm.  I hope Mollenkopf gets fired, no golden parachute, and ends up mopping floors.  He's everything that's wrong in the industry.
    This is why we haven't seen Celluar modems in Laptops. $50 USB dongle $2.50 royalty same function embedded $75+ to QC. 
    Eh, LTE has been available in laptops for years... ya just might not realize it, I know I didnt until I started looking around. 
  • Apple's Dan Riccio responds to bent iPad Pro reports, says device 'meets or exceeds' produ...

    Typically when you machine/hog out aluminum from a single surface, you will get a potato chip when you pull the part from the machine (the stress locked in place by the calendar-rolling process in the mill is now released). To counter this, there’s typically a skim cut done on the opposite surface. I presume this 7000 series aluminum is all being machined in a tempered condition.

    Something is likely occurring down the line, and my guess would be this is limited to a small batch of units.

    If affected return to Apple, let them trace it back through the fabrication process to the source, if it hasn’t already been corrected. 
  • Apple stock hammered on lower forecasts from iPhone part suppliers Lumentum & Japan Displa...

    It could also mean that Apple has multiple suppliers for their components, and some will inevitably be more competitive than others. 
    Finisar, now II-VI, also makes the VCELs, and their new factory that Apple bought last year for  almost 400 million is up and running now, possibly better than previously believed.

    I wonder if II-VI gave some assurances to Apple as conditions for them buying out Finisar.
  • Reviews lean positive on Pixel Buds, Google's answer to Apple's AirPods

    Those excerpts didn’t seem to be leaning very positive.  Had those complaints existed for Airpods (trouble pairing, troublesome charging case, etc), you can be sure no reviewer would consider them a pretty powerful answer to anything.   But what I love most is that there was no criticism of the wire between them, which seems a bit legacy for wireless ear buds and makes stowing them away in their charging case a bit more burdensome.  But hey, they aren’t made by Apple, so... it’s all good, right? 
    Granted it’s Gizmodo, but they pointed that out as well as the silly .gif that Google provides instructing how to wrap said cable, otherwise the “flimsy case” can’t close.