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Apple Asks Suppliers to Follow China Customs Rules Amid Sino-US Tensions: Report

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Apple has asked suppliers to ensure that shipments from Taiwan to China comply with the latter’s customs regulations to avoid them from being held for scrutiny, according to a Nikkei report on Friday.

Sino-US trade tensions have escalated following US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a congressional delegation’s visit to Taiwan.

The iPhone maker told suppliers that China had started enforcing a long-standing rule that Taiwanese-made parts and components must be labeled as made either in “Taiwan, China” or “Chinese Taipei”, the report added, citing sources familiar with the matter.

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Apple did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Apple iPhone assembler Pegatron said its mainland China plant is operating normally, in response to a media report that shipments to Pegatron’s factory in China were being held for scrutiny by Chinese customs officials.

Taiwanese supply and assembly partners Foxconn and Pegatron are ramping up manufacturing efforts as Apple is set to launch its new iPhone in September.

Meanwhile, Pelosi’s trip To Taiwan coincided with US efforts to convince TSMC – the world’s largest chip manufacturer, on which the US is heavily dependent – to establish a manufacturing base in the US and to stop making advanced chips for Chinese companies.

US support for Taiwan has historically been based on Washington’s opposition to communist rule in Beijing, and Taiwan’s resistance to absorption by China. But in recent years, Taiwan’s autonomy has become a vital geopolitical interest for the US because of the island’s dominance of the semiconductor manufacturing market.

Recently, the US Congress has passed the Chips and Science Act, which provides $52 billion (roughly Rs. 4,11,746 crore) in subsidies to support semiconductor manufacturing in the US. But companies will only receive Chips Act funding if they agree not to manufacture advanced semiconductors for Chinese companies.

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Samsung Cuts 2022 Smartphone Shipments Target to 260 Million Units Due to Supply Chain Constraints: Report

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Samsung has reportedly reduced its smartphone shipments target for 2022. The South Korean giant had planned to produce 334 million handsets earlier this year, and aimed at shipping about 300 million units of its phones, as per the report. The company is said to have now reduced their phone shipments target for 2022 to 260 million units. The report added that Samsung shipped 270 million smartphones in 2021, and the new target is even lower than that. Samsung reportedly saw its biggest dip in phone shipments in 2020.

According to a report by TheElec, the South Korean giant has reduced its smartphones shipment target for 2022 to 260 million units to 300 million units. Samsung reportedly took the decision because of the slum in global economy, supply chain constraints, and overall low demand for phones. Earlier this year, the company had set a target to produce about 334 million phones, the report added.

Samsung shipped 270 million smartphones in 2021, as per the report. The company reportedly witnessed its biggest dip in phone shipments in 2020 due to the pandemic when it only shipped around 250 million units. The new target seems to fall between the number of units shipped in 2021 and 2020. Prior to the pandemic, the South Korean company had reportedly shipped more than 300 million smartphones per year.

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As per the report, out of the 334 million phones that Samsung had planned to manufacture this year, 284 million would have been produced in company’s own facilities, and the remaining 50 million units would have been produced with its partners in China. The report further added that Samsung is currently planning to produce about 34 million units between October and November this year. This is said to be far less than the units manufactured in previous quarters this year, and the same quarter in 2021.

Recently, Samsung had reportedly said that the ongoing inflation is unlikely to affect the demand for smartphones in India. Samsung reportedly also said that it estimates double-digit growth in volumes this year.


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Xiaomi 12, Xiaomi 12 Pro Android 13-Based MIUI Beta Update Announced for Limited Users: Details

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Xiaomi announced on Monday that is rolling out a MIUI beta update for Android 13. This beta version is available for the company’s Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro handsets. However, the Chinese tech giant has announced that only 200 users will be given access to the Android 13-based MIUI beta during the first wave of updates. Xiaomi has warned users that the update process might take longer than usual. Furthermore, the smartphone could get overheated or face performance issues after the update, according to the firm.

Xiaomi announced the rollout of a beta version of MIUI based on Android 13 via Twitter. Only Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro users are eligible to apply to join the first wave of updates. The company has revealed that only 200 users will be granted access to the beta during the first wave of updates.

In addition, Xiaomi mentioned in a community post that beta testers should make a backup of important data before updating their smartphones. The update process is expected to take longer than usual, and the device may face overheating and performance issues after the update, according to the company.

The handset could take some time to adapt to the MIUI beta. Some third-party applications may not be compatible with Android 13 and may not function properly, as per the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

The Xiaomi 12 update carries the firmware version V13.0.4.0.TLCMIXM and the Xiaomi 12 Pro update bears the firmware version V13.0.4.0.TLBMIXM. Both MIUI beta updates are over 4GB in size.

On Tuesday, Vivo also announced a similar Android 13 beta update as part of its Android 13 Preview Program in India. The company asked Vivo X80 Pro users to register for getting the Funtouch OS 13 update that will roll out on August 23. Vivo subsidiary iQoo also announced that that iQoo 9 Pro owners can apply to join the company’s Android 13 preview program.

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iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max Could Get $100 Price Hike, Analyst Says

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Apple is expected to increase the price of the Pro models in its upcoming iPhone 14 lineup, according to details shared by an analyst. In an investor report, a Wedbush analyst has stated that the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max could see a price increase of $100 (roughly Rs. 8,000), in comparison to their predecessors. According to Ives, the price increase could be attributed to the increase in the cost of components and the added functionality of the new lineup.

Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives stated in an investor report that more consumers could opt for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max than the regular models. This could be a boon for Apple as the iPhone 14 Pro models will cost $100 (roughly Rs. 8,000) more than the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max. To recall, the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max were launched in India last year, with prices starting at Rs. 1,19,900 and Rs. 1,29,900, respectively, for the base 128GB storage option.

Ives adds that the iPhone 14 Pro models could feature more storage that their predecessors. A past report suggested that the Pro models could feature 6GB of LPDDR5 RAM, whereas the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max are expected to get 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

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Furthermore, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are believed to be powered by Apple’s new A16 Bionic chip. On the other hand, the regular models are expected to feature the A15 Bionic chip that currently powers the iPhone 13 models.

The price increase of the iPhone 14 Pro models was first tipped by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in a recent report. Kuo stated that the increase in the average selling price (ASP) of these smartphones could be due to the “price hikes and higher shipment proportion.”


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