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Apple sells fewer phones but profits rise

Apple sells fewer phones but profits rise

Business
Apple sold 77.3 million iPhones in the final months of 2017, slightly fewer than during the same period in the prior year.But higher prices compensated for the dip, lifting the firm's profits in the quarter to more than $ 20bn (£14bn).The record results, which included strong growth in Japan, were the first to provide a glimpse of sales of the firm's expensive iPhone X.Apple boss Tim Cook said iPhone X sales surpassed the firm's expectations.Apple released the 10th anniversary phone, which starts at about $ 1,000, in November. It has been the top-selling phone every week since, Mr Cook said. Investors had been worried that demand for the firm's products may be dimming.The number of iPhones sold in the period slipped 1% year-on-year, but Apple executives said it was important to remember t
EU fines Qualcomm $1.23B for paying Apple to use its chips

EU fines Qualcomm $1.23B for paying Apple to use its chips

Technology
European regulators have fined Qualcomm $ 1.23 billion after concluding the U.S. mobile chipmaker bribed Apple to stifle competition by using its products exclusively in iPhones and iPads. The penalty announced Wednesday marks the latest blemish on Qualcomm, whose business tactics have been portrayed as illegal abuses of power in lawsuits filed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Apple. Those cases are still making their way through the courts. The European Union probe focused on a different area than the U.S. lawsuits. Those complaints allege Qualcomm has been imposing unfair licensing terms on Apple and other makers of mobile devices for technology that it didn't invent. European regulators contend Qualcomm secretly paid Apple to use its chips for connecting to high-speed cellular ...
Apple health data used in murder trial

Apple health data used in murder trial

Technology
Health data has provided crucial evidence at a trial in Germany, in which a refugee is accused of rape and murder.Apple's Health App accurately records steps and has been pre-installed on the iPhone 6S and newer models.Data suggesting the suspect was climbing stairs could correlate to him dragging his victim down a riverbank and climbing back up, police said.The accused - Hussein K - has admitted his guilt but disputed some details.The 19-year-old medical student Maria Ladenburger was murdered in October 2016 and the trial - at the district court in Freiburg - started in September.Ms Ladenburger was raped and drowned in the River Dresiam.The suspect - identified by a hair found at the scene of the crime - refused to provide police with the PIN code to his phone so investigating officers tu...
Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Apple told to tackle children's iPhone addiction

Technology
Two of Apple's major investors have urged the iPhone maker to take urgent action to curb children's growing addiction to its smartphones, amid fears frequent use may be damaging the next generation.New York-based Jana Partners LLC and the California State Teachers' Retirement System, or CalSTRS, which collectively control $ 2bn (£1.47bn) worth of Apple shares, said the US firm must offer more choices and tools to help children fight addiction to its devices.At present, parents can block or limit specific apps and features on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.In an open letter to Apple on Monday, the investors suggested the company goes a step further and allow users' ages to be inputted into phones, screen time to be limited, as well as a restriction on use to certain hours.They also called o
Apple: Chip bug in all Macs and iPhones

Apple: Chip bug in all Macs and iPhones

Technology
Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips.It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs, that could allow hackers to steal data.Apple said it had already released some patches but there was no evidence that the vulnerability had been exploited.But it advised downloading software only from trusted sources to avoid "malicious" apps. Mac users have often believed that their devices and operating systems are less vulnerable to security issues than, for example Android phones or computers running Microsoft systems. Media playback is unsupported on your deviceThe Meltdown and Spectre flaws are found in many modern computer processing units - or microchips - made by Intel and ARM, an...