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Samsung will likely supply 5G modems to Apple

Together with Qualcomm

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Recently, Qualcomm and Apple buried their long-standing hatchet. After months of harassing each other, the two companies settled all disputes in an out-of-court deal. Instead of running through the courts, the new deal will benefit both companies handsomely. For one, Apple has paid an undisclosed amount to Qualcomm. In return, Qualcomm will supply Apple’s 5G modem demand. All is finally well.

However, a surprise decision has introduced another player into the equation. According to a new report, Samsung will become Apple’s secondary supplier for 5G modems. Though already familiar to Apple’s devices, Samsung’s appearance is a surprise for this supply cycle. Previously, other suppliers have also stated their intentions to become Apple’s main supplier. For example, Huawei surprisingly entered the fray before Qualcomm’s settlement.


Slightly reducing the surprise, Intel backed out of the 5G race following the deal. Currently, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Huawei are the only major players in the war. It’s theirs for the taking.

The new report comes from long-time Apple analyst, Ming-Chi Kuo. According to Kuo, Apple will likely pursue a second supplier to ease logistics for the eventual 5G-capable iPhone. Additionally, Kuo places all the chips on Samsung for the role. Besides the simpler logistics, a secondary supplier will help Apple gain a bargaining advantage for either source.

However, the decision’s timing is also telling. Since Apple is still deliberating, the 5G-capable iPhone will likely launch in 2020, as was already expected. Additionally, Kuo’s report also confirms the 2020 launch date. If ever, 2020 will be a huge year for 5G and 5G-capable smartphones.

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Huawei and Samsung settle three-year patent dispute

They have bigger battles to face

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The recent end of Apple and Qualcomm’s legal battles may have started a domino effect. As it turns out, Samsung and Huawei have done the same, ending a patent dispute which started way back in 2016.

While the details of the settlement weren’t disclosed by either company, they’re rumored to be in talks about cross licensing patents for more minor technologies.


The resolution transpired in China, and it’s believed that Samsung and Huawei are more keen on spending resources on improving smartphone sales, which have been experiencing a steep decline since last year.

With everyone except Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo going through its worst shipment numbers in years, the timing makes sense. Samsung, in particular, finally hit the one percent market share mark in China after quarters of struggle against the three aforementioned Chinese brands.

The patent battle first began in 2016, when Huawei sued Samsung for infringing on certain 4G patents. Naturally, Samsung countersued and it turned into this three-year-long drama which just ended.

With this out of the way, the three top smartphone brands are more ready than ever to push 5G to the masses.

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Apple might increase the iPhone’s price by 14 percent

Because of China and America

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Even now, Apple carries the industry’s priciest products. From iPhones to simple adapters, an Apple purchase is always hefty on your wallet. Despite the polarizing strategy, the company still attributes its success to its premium pricing. Because of tense Sino-American relations, Apple might push its pricing even further.

Recently, the US and China launched new salvos in an ongoing trade war. On Friday, US President Donald Trump imposed new tariffs on Chinese goods. The policy further strains business deals between Chinese suppliers and American companies. In retaliation, China imposed similar tariffs on American goods, taking effect in June.


Under the new tariffs, Apple faces a dangerous 25 percent import tax on their goods. For reference, the company enjoyed only 10 percent import tax on all their products. Currently, the company has saved its iPhones from the tax. However, Apple’s accessories — chargers, adapters, and cases — will suffer from Trump’s trade war.

So far, Apple has not announced any price changes. According to speculative reports, the brand is likely profiting enough from current sales, offsetting any tax changes. Likewise, Apple’s suppliers are possibly diversified enough, reducing reliance on China’s supply. Only time will tell.

Unfortunately, time will also define the iPhone’s future. Because of China’s retaliation, the US government is considering additional tariffs in the future. Under the proposed changes, Apple cannot save the iPhone anymore. According to J.P. Morgan, the company will likely increase the iPhone’s prices by 14 percent.

Currently, Apple users don’t need to worry about price changes in the immediate future. The additional tariffs will take effect on June 24, at the earliest. Even then, a definite price hike is still ultimately in Apple’s hands.

Previously, Apple already worried about similar price hikes in the past.

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Samsung will automatically cancel all Galaxy Fold preorders

Unless you notify Samsung

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When the year started, Samsung was poised for a blockbuster year. Aside from a promising Galaxy S10 series launch, the South Korean company anticipated a colossal Galaxy Fold launch. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned. Last month, the earliest Galaxy Fold units crashed and burned into critical flaws. Experienced by reviewers, the Galaxy Fold’s protective layers broke too easily. After much folding, the units broke down.

Soon after, Samsung recalled every released unit worldwide. The brand issued a warning and a promise to investigate. Further, Samsung cancelled the Galaxy Fold’s official launch date. Previously, the foldable smartphone was set for an April 26 opening. Samsung put off the Galaxy Fold’s launch date indefinitely. Fortunately, Samsung promised a new launch date soon.


Now, a couple of weeks have passed. Samsung has not declared a new launch date. Instead, the brand has issued a warning through an email.

Reported by Reuters, Samsung will automatically cancel all preorders by May 31. Unfortunately, the brand cannot confirm an official fix or a new date.

According to US regulations, Samsung can hold preorders only until the end of May. As such, the brand is forced to cancel them. However, Galaxy Fold customers can still hold their reservations, if they notify Samsung in advance.

“If we do not hear from you and we have not shipped by May 31st, your order will be canceled automatically,” the email said. Sadly, the new notice does not bode well for the Galaxy Fold’s (and the foldable smartphone’s) future. Samsung is supposedly shipping a million units this year.

If it launches, the Galaxy Fold will cost US$ 1,980.

SEE ALSO: Samsung still on top of smartphone market, while Huawei overtakes Apple

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