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Huawei: ‘Apple is my teacher,’ leave Apple alone

‘The blame should rest with some US politicians’

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Last week, the American government barred Huawei from conducting business with American companies. The bombastic decision sent tsunamis across the globe. Everyone turned into a victim of Sinophobia. Everyone started fearing Huawei’s products.

Naturally, Sinophobia exists only outside Chinese territories. In China, Huawei is still a respectable company. While the world is shunning Huawei, China is enforcing retaliation against America’s prized smartphone — the iPhone. Chinese consumers have reportedly ditched Apple’s iPhones for Huawei’s devices.

Surprisingly, Huawei isn’t going for the same Apple-phobia. In fact, Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei has voiced out its support for Huawei. The founder has finally issued a definitive statement regarding the ban on his company.

In an interview with Bloomberg, the Huawei boss commented on the possible retaliation against America. Given the circumstances, China can similarly ban Apple from its shores. Notably, Apple manufactures its devices in China.

However, Ren Zhengfei isn’t supporting the potential move. “That will not happen, first of all. And second of all, if that happens, I’ll be the first to protest,” he said. Despite the obvious merit of retaliation, Huawei (and likely, China) will not fight fire with fire.

Surprisingly, the founder has even praised the American company’s merits. “Apple is my teacher, it’s in the lead. As a student, why go against my teacher? Never.”

Huawei isn’t blaming America companies for the ban. If anything, Huawei is doubling down against the American government. “We are ahead of the US If we were behind, there would be no need for Trump to strenuously attack us.”

“The blame should rest with some US politicians. We should understand that these US companies and Huawei share the same fate. We are both players in the market economy,” he said in another interview.

Despite the blatant disparity, Ren Zhengfei remains confident for the company’s future. “The US ban will not lead to negative growth or harm the development of our industry,” he concludes.

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iPhone 12 series will get almost all its OLED screens from Samsung

Around 80 percent!

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By now, it’s no surprise that Apple sources some of its components from its competitors. Notably, the company obtains a portion of its screens from Samsung, one of the world’s most prominent screen suppliers. However, an upcoming report predicts a larger ratio than expected.

As reported by MacRumors, Apple will supposedly source around 80 percent of its OLED supply for the upcoming iPhone 12 series from Samsung. Meanwhile, the remaining 20 percent will come from LG and BOE. According to previous rumors, Apple was already talking with Samsung and LG prior to the report.

Of course, this isn’t the first time Samsung took a majority of the iPhone’s main supply line. Notably, the iPhone X obtained all of its OLED screens from Samsung Display. The iPhone X was the company’s first OLED smartphone.

Previously, rumors predicted five new iPhone models coming this year. Earlier this year, Apple launched the first model, the new iPhone SE. Naturally, because of the model’s budget-friendly positioning, the iPhone SE only had an LCD screen.

Hence, after the iPhone SE, Apple is still slated to launch four more models this year — presumably from the entire iPhone 12 series. According to more rumors, Samsung will provide the screens for three of these models, leaving the final model for LG and BOE.

If no further delays hamper Apple, the iPhone 12 series will still launch later this year.

SEE ALSO: Apple moving its AirPods assembly line to Vietnam

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Philippines wants to tax Netflix, Spotify to increase coronavirus relief funds

Might add 12 percent to current prices

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After two months of community lockdowns, the Philippines’s response to the pandemic remains controversial at best. At the time of publishing, the country has 14,035 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 868 deaths.

Recently, Congressman Joey Salceda, currently chairing the Committee on Ways and Means, has proposed a new tax aimed against the country’s biggest social media and entertainment platforms: Facebook, Google, Netflix, YouTube, and Spotify.

Currently, the globally recognized companies are not taxed for putting up ads for goods on online marketplaces in the Philippines. Meanwhile, other entities still pay the 12 percent value-added tax.

As reported by Reuters, the proposed tax will siphon more funds into the country’s pandemic response, including a “national broadband project and digital learning [programs].” However, the bill’s provisions are not available to the public yet.

According to the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the tax is against both currently untaxed advertising and services. For merchants selling goods and advertising online, “only 50 percent… pay VAT.” Further, Salceda proposes that digital advertising, especially those done by foreign companies, must course through an official country representative.

For services, Salceda suggest an additional 12-percent tax on entertainment subscriptions. However, a big question lies on who will ultimately carry the blow of the new tax. Is it the company itself or the consumers through higher subscription fees? Right now, Netflix and Spotify subscriptions are slightly lower than their American counterparts. Netflix Philippines has declined to comment.

However, as a bill is still just a bill, no one knows if and when the new tax will push through.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is raising $1 billion to create more original content

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UK changes mind, starts phasing out Huawei from country

Will eliminate Huawei by 2023

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For years, the Huawei saga has always hinged on America’s antagonism towards Huawei’s supposedly pro-China stance on technology. The headlines have all proclaimed the American government’s banning of the Chinese company’s hardware. However, on the other side of the Atlantic, the UK has traditionally adopted for a more open stance, allowing Huawei to build the country’s 5G technology.

However, in a surprise move, UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly phasing Huawei’s hardware out of his country’s 5G networks soon. As reported by The Telegraph, the country’s Conservative Party has started voicing their dissent over Huawei’s potential as a national security risk. The UK will hopefully eliminate the company from its telecom networks by 2023.

Prior to the move, the UK has allowed Huawei to build 5G infrastructure on British soil, citing the need for the best available technology for 5G to happen. Of course, despite the initial agreement, the country still prioritized national security, practicing vigilance amidst the adoption. Even then, Huawei has always enjoyed the UK as a stalwart for consumer support in the European region.

Notably, Johnson’s turnaround decision comes soon after US President Donald Trump’s extension of Huawei’s ban on American soil. The US has started becoming more hostile towards the Chinese company, potentially targeting Huawei’s HiSilicon chip production.

SEE ALSO: US wants to work with Huawei for 5G tech

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