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Huawei May Consider Selling 5G Technology to Apple

However, it is also worth noting that the US considers Huawei a security threat because of its close link with the Chinese government

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FILE - The logos of Huawei are displayed at it retail shop window reflecting the Ministry of Foreign Affairs office in Beijing, Jan. 29, 2019. VOA

Chinese smartphone-maker Huawei could be considering selling its high powered 5G-enabled modems and chipsets to Apple, according to media reports.

“A source with knowledge of the situation has confirmed that Huawei is now ‘open’ to selling its ‘5G Balong 5000’ chipsets, but only to Apple,” Engadget reported on Monday.

So far, the company has refrained from selling the advanced processors and modems it uses on its mobile portfolio to other competitors.

Launched in January, Huawei’s modem “5G Balong 5000” was introduced as the world’s most powerful 5G modem and the first that fully supports both, Non-Standalone (NSA) and Standalone (SA) 5G network architectures.

“Huawei’s surprising change of heart only really matters because Apple appears to be in a tough spot with its sole modem supplier, Intel. The chipmaker currently provides the wireless modems that go into all current iPhones and iPads and it said late last year that its 5G-ready ‘XMM 8160’ modems would be available for its customers in the second half of 2019,” the report said.

However, citing an an anonymous source, recent media reports claimed that Apple has “lost confidence” in Intel after the chipmaker failed to meet certain development deadlines.

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FILE – A staff member stands in front of a Huawei shop in Beijing, China, March 7, 2019. VOA

Besides, Apple’s ongoing legal battles with US-based chip-maker Qualcomm also gives Huawei the edge to sell its technologies to the iPhone-maker without having to face tough competition.

However, it is also worth noting that the US considers Huawei a security threat because of its close link with the Chinese government.

Not only has the US government banned their federal agencies from using Huawei products, but it has also been encouraging other countries to refrain from using Huawei’s technology with their 5G networks.

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But the “Balong 5000” seems like the kind of chip Apple would need. It supports both sub-6 and mmWave 5G networks, and is backward compatible with 2G, 3G and 4G LTE networks.

This would give Apple the ability to build an iPhone that would support 5G networks built off of existing 4G infrastructure, as well as the “standalone” 5G networks that will follow, the report added.

As explained by the company earlier, the Balong chipset, which is currently for Huawei’s internal use only, is mainly intended to support Huawei’s smart products, such as Internet of Things (IoT) products and phones including Huawei’s “Mate 20X” and foldable “Mate X” smartphones. (IANS)

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Tech Giant Apple Applies for a US Trademark on ‘Slofie’

The application cost $400

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A customer is entering the Apple store in Fairfax, Virginia. VOA

Apple has applied for a US trademark on ‘Slofie’, potentially giving the company control over the word’s usage.

“Slofie is the term for selfies recorded in slow-motion at 120fps. The iPhone maker does define slofie as “downloadable computer software for use in capturing and recording video.”

The trademark is likely meant to stop other companies from branding their own camera features with the slofie terminology, as the feature is currently exclusive to the iPhone 11, The Verge reported on Wednesday.

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

The application cost $400.

Apple recently launched 3 iPhone 11 models, two of them with a triple rear camera setup, housing stunning specifications to make you a near-perfect photographer.

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The three smartphones, upgrades over the last year’s iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max, will ship with the iOS 13, the latest mobile operating system from Apple. (IANS)