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Tech Giant Apple Inks Deal with UK-based Chipmaker

Imagination recently announced "IMG A-Series GPU" which claims to be the fastest GPU to date

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

UK-based chipmaker Imagination Technologies on Thursday announced that Apple has signed a multi-year agreement with the company. Both the companies were earlier in a dispute over GPU designs that Apple licenses from Imagination for its iOS devices.

“Imagination Technologies (‘Imagination’) announces that it has replaced the multi-year, multi-use license agreement with Apple, first announced on February 6, 2014, with a new multi-year license agreement,” the British chip-maker said in a statement.

Apple will have access to a wider range of Imagination’s intellectual property in exchange for license fees, it added. In April 2017, Imagination announced that Apple planned to stop using the firm’s IP in its hardware designs by 2019. It was reliant on licensing revenue from Apple which was nearly $81 million in fiscal 2017, reports AppleInsider.

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An Apple company logo is seen behind tree branches outside an Apple store in Beijing, Dec. 14, 2018. VOA

Imagination then entered a “dispute resolution process”, accusing Apple of “unauthorised use of Imagination’s confidential information and Imagination’s intellectual property rights.”

During their dispute days, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker was even charged with allegedly poaching Imagination employees.

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Apple said it stopped accepting new IP from Imagination in 2015. The embattled Imagination even found a buyer in China-backed equity firm Canyon Bridge. Apple used Imagination’s PowerVR technology in its A-series system-on-chip designs found in certain iPads, Apple Watch Series 3 and Apple TV 4K. Subsequent A-series designs rely solely on Apple’s in-house technology.

Imagination recently announced “IMG A-Series GPU” which claims to be the fastest GPU to date. (IANS)

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Low-Cost iPhone to Get into Mass Production in February: Apple

The low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month

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The low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month and Apple could release it in March. Pixabay

There is a latest development in science and technology that the low cost successor to iPhone SE is getting into mass production next month and Apple could release it in March.

Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years, CNET reported on Tuesday.

The handset — believed to be comparable in size to the 4.7-inch iPhone 8 from 2017 — would be Apple’s first low-cost smartphone since 2016’s $399 iPhone SE.

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Apple is reportedly ready to return to the low-cost phone market after an absence of four years, CNET reported on Tuesday. Pixabay

It is pertinent to note that the iPhone SE was one of company’s most successful mobile devices in the past half-decade because of a combination of reasons.

Price was a factor but it also offered long-time iPhone fans a reprieve from all the design changes that Apple was doing.

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Planning for the new handset was reported in September by Japanese news outlet Nikkei Asian Review.

The phone will share most components with the current line up of iPhones and use a cheaper LCD display to keep the cost low, according to the Japanese paper, the CNET report added. (IANS)