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Out of Total Tax Fine of $15 billion, Apple Pays $1.77 billion to Irish Government

In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland from 2003 to 2014.

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Apple has paid $1.77 billion of total $15 billion to the Irish government as it begins to collect tax and interest into an escrow account set up to hold the sum.

“This is the first of a series of payments with the expectation that the remaining tranches will flow into the fund during the second and third quarter of 2018 as previously outlined,” the Irirsh Times quoted Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe as saying after the first transfer.

In August 2016, the European Commission said that Apple benefited from illegal tax benefits in Ireland from 2003 to 2014.

Meanwhile, Apple and Ireland are still pursuing appeals against a 2016 European Commission’s decision saying the iPhone maker’s tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law.

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Apple pays fine to Ireland Government. Wikimedia commons

In 2016, the EU ordered the iPhone maker to pay almost $15 billion in back taxes to Ireland as it believed Ireland had not been collecting enough taxes and instead had been giving companies like Apple too big of a break on its already low 12.5 per cent tax rate.

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Apple has reportedly moved its cash to the small island of Jersey off the south coast of England to avoid further Irish taxation, CNET said in a report.

The Irish government expects that all of the money would be transferred by the end of September. (IANS)

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Apple Is Delaying the Feature of Group FaceTime for Video Calls

The feature was announced to take on similar services like Google Hangouts and the Microsoft-owned Skype

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Apple delays 'Group FaceTime' feature for video calls. Pixabay

Apple has delayed its “Group FaceTime” feature that will allow up to 32 people to simultaneously participate in video calls on iOS devices.

According to a report in 9to5Mac on Monday, “Group FaceTime” has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12 and will ship in a future software update later this fall”.

“Group FaceTime for iPhone, iPad, and Mac appears to be delayed and won’t be ready in time for iOS 12 and macOS Mojave launch in September,” the report added.

Apple described “Group FaceTime” feature in June during the company’s annual Worldwide Developers’ Conference in the US.

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iOS 12 is designed to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive. Pixabay

“We’re very excited about the new communications features we’re bringing to iPhone and iPad with Memoji, a more personal form of Animoji, fun camera effects and Group FaceTime,” Craig Federighi, Apple’s Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, said during the event.

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The feature was announced to take on similar services like Google Hangouts and the Microsoft-owned Skype.

iOS 12 is designed to make everyday tasks on iPhone and iPad faster and more responsive. (IANS)

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