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21. Juli 2017

Wisconsin Resident Sues Apple For Over $75,000, Claims Defective iPhone Caused House Fire

Wisconsin resident Xai Thao and her home insurance provider State Farm have jointly sued Apple for over $75,000 this week, claiming the company sold Thao a defective and dangerous iPhone 4s that started a fire in her home last year.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. district court, alleges the house fire was the direct result of the iPhone’s battery short-circuiting and heating up. Thao nor anyone else ever changed the battery in the iPhone, according to the complaint. On or about April 1, 2016, the iPhone failed, starting a fire in Thao’s home. Preliminary investigations show evidence of a significant and localized heating event in the battery area of the iPhone [...]

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21. Juli 2017

Report Claims LG Will Be Sole Supplier of Batteries for Next Year’s ‚iPhone 9‘

LG Chemical will be the sole supplier of batteries for Apple’s „iPhone 9“ next year, according to The Korea Economic Daily. If the report is accurate, the South Korean firm has scored a big win, since Apple usually takes a multi-vendor approach when it comes to sourcing batteries for its iPhones.

Citing industry insiders, the newspaper said LG has made a sizable investment to bolster the capability of its facilities and that production of the batteries would begin in 2018.

„LG has invested hundred of billions of Korean won for related facilities and plans to start mass production from early next year,“ the Korean-language report [...]

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20. Juli 2017

TSMC Rumored to Be Sole Supplier of A-Series iPhone Chips in 2018

Earlier this week, a report by The Korea Herald suggested that Samsung Electronics could be returning as a supplier for the so-called A12 chip in 2018’s line of iPhones, after being removed from the A-series chip supply chain in 2016 and 2017, years in which Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company took on all of the orders. Now, industry observers reported upon by DigiTimes are predicting that TSMC is „still likely“ to retain its title as the sole manufacturer of A-series chips in 2018.

In today’s report, TSMC’s integrated fan-out wafer-level packaging technology — which the supplier uses in its 7-nanometer FinFET chip fabrication [...]

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19. Juli 2017

Questionable Rumor Says Apple May Introduce New iPhone SE at Event in Late August

A questionable rumor has surfaced today suggesting Apple could unveil a new iPhone SE next month, but it might just be more noise in iPhone silly season.

The rumor comes from French-language blog iGeneration, which cited an unnamed source claiming Apple will hold a product event in late August to introduce an updated version of the 4-inch smartphone.

Mickaël Bazoge, the author of the article, told MacRumors that he received the info from a „new source“ with an unproven track record. He expressed some skepticism, but added that the source „seems reliable.“

The timeline is immediately questionable given Apple has never introduced any [...]

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