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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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Apple Adds New Game “Kings of The Castle” To Gaming Service Apple Arcade

Last month, Apple revealed "Ultimate Rivals" from Bit Fry Game Studios, a new sports game franchise that brings together athletes

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'Kings of the Castle', a speedrunner from Frosty Pop Games where one can play as a princess and must fight her way through traps, enemies, and obstacles to save her prince from the clutches of an evil dragon. IANS

Apple has added a new game ‘Kings of the Castle’ to its subscription-based gaming service Arcade.

‘Kings of the Castle’, a speedrunner from Frosty Pop Games where one can play as a princess and must fight her way through traps, enemies, and obstacles to save her prince from the clutches of an evil dragon.

The first release of the game includes two island levels, six different speed runs, and cross-platform multiplayer support. The game can be played on both solo and multiplayer modes, news portal iMore reported on Friday.

“The dragon Zantorian locked Prince Rupert away in a castle tower on a dangerous and mysterious island. Lord Baldor dispatches the princess to investigate the hostile and unfamiliar territory and save the prince,” the game’s description on the App Store says.

“Playing as the princess, you must use your speed, courage, and savvy sense of direction to save the prince. Avoid traps, battle enemies, jump over obstacles, and collect gems along your journey to pay a ransom for the prince’s safe return. But do it fast. The dragon is hungry,” it added.

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Apple has added a new game ‘Kings of the Castle’ to its subscription-based gaming service Arcade. Wikimedia Commons

Last month, Apple revealed “Ultimate Rivals” from Bit Fry Game Studios, a new sports game franchise that brings together athletes across hockey, basketball, football, baseball and soccer into a single officially licensed video game, a first in sports and gaming.

In “Ultimate Rivals: The Rink”, the first title in the franchise, players choose from more than 50 superstar athletes to compete in exciting two-on-two hockey matches.

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The subscription-based gaming service provides iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, and Mac users with access to over 100 games with no in-app purchases or ads for $4.99 per month or $49.99 per year. (IANS)