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Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 Rumored to Increase Battery Needs

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A new notice for the smartphone manufacturers who are looking forward to powering their forthcoming phones with Snapdragon 8 Gen 4: you all need to include a larger battery too. 

The forthcoming smartphones must have ‘high-density’ batteries if they have Qualcomm’s next-generation Snapdragon 8 gen 4 processor. This is being speculated by the reports from the Digital Chat Station on Weibo, which state three flagship devices gearing up to run Qualcomm’s forthcoming chipset have started active development with 5,500mAh batteries. 

The reports are reporting that the core material for such batteries is still being developed to support the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4, and the batteries could reach an overhead of 6,000 mAh to overfeed the processor’s power hunger.

The reports also stated that a reason behind the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4’s boosted power hunger could be due to its alleged 2+6 core setup. This rumored setup probably removes the chances for Qualcomm to consist of any effective cores, cutting down on how much power it draws.

Don McGuire, Qualcomm’s chief marketing officer, confirmed a few specs regarding the Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 at MWC 2024. He stated that users can expect the chip to arrive during the Summit in October and that it features Oryon CPU cores, plus the cores can output 2x greater CPU performance as well as 4.5x faster AI processing. 

It is expected that the core will probably be escorted by Qualcomm’s seventh-generation modem, along with 5G and non-terrestrial network support for satellite communications functionalities. The reports also revealed that the chip could be built off the 3nm process of TSMC, and the cores could reach 4.0 GHz speeds. With Qualcomm seemingly going all in on power, somewhere, the latest rumors make a bit more sense.


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Apple Cuts iPhone Prices in China to Counter Huawei Challenge

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Apple is playing with a new marketing strategy as it makes an incision in the iPhone’s price in China, and the key reason behind this seems to give strong competition to Huawei. 

In the Chinese market, Apple has announced a hostile discounting campaign on its official Tmall site, offering great discounts of up to 2,300 yuan, which is approximately $318 on dedicated iPhone models. It’s the golden chance for iPhone fans from China to purchase a new iPhone since Apple is offering a huge discount.

Here’s the question: Why is Apple offering this huge discount of up to 2,300 yuan? 

The key reason behind this discounting strategy by Apple hints that the brand in China is fighting off growing competition from local phone makers, especially Huawei. You can make a profit from this deal for up to 8 days, from May 20 to May 28. It appears more substantial than the one Apple offered earlier this year, back in February. 

The highest discount in the February campaign was 1,150 yuan, and now the discount is up to 2,300 yuan, which means that this time the brand is offering a double discount off the previous discount campaign and the steepest discount Apple to the 1TB iPhone 15 Pro Max model, whereas other models also see significant price cuts. 

For example, the 128 GB variant of the base iPhone 15 device has a discount of 1,400 yuan, as reported. The boosted competitive pressure on Apple comes after Huawei last month announced its new series of high-end smartphones, the Pura 70, after the debut of the Mate 60 last August. 

Even after going through tough competition and offering discounts, Apple’s iPhone sales in China seem to be recovering, since their shipments increased by 12% in March 2024 compared to the previous year, which is an efficient upgrade after a rough start to the year along with a drop of 37 percent in the first two months. 

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US, EU Team Up to Challenge China in Chip Race with $81 Billion Investment

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The U.S. and the European Union (EU) have sponsored heavily around $81 billion for developing next-generation semiconductors, mounting strong competition in the industry. 

The report says governments around the world have consigned an overall $380 billion with US and EU benefaction and a combined $81 billion to raising production by companies such as Intel and TSMC. Talking about the dedicated investment of the US in boosting domestic semiconductor production, it appears to be $52.7 billion over the next five years. 

Under the Semiconductor Support Act, the U.S. plans to offer a total of $52.7 billion, including $39 billion in production subsidies and $13.2 billion in research and development (R&D) support. Apart from this, the US has confirmed subsidies of $8.5 billion for Intel. $6.6 billion for TSMC, $6.4 billion for Samsung Electronics, and $6.1 billion for Micron. 

On the other hand, the EU decided to invest about $46.3 billion in powering semiconductor manufacturing authorities within the region. Based on this investment, the EU estimates that over $108 billion will be invested in both the public and private sectors. 

In short, the US and EU are building strong competition in the industry for next-generation semiconductors. The US is playing a strategic game by partnering with the EU, South Korea, Taiwan, and Japan, especially against China. The EU is offering subsidies for Intel and TSMC factories in Germany; however, the final license is pending. 

China is estimated to be financing the cost at more than $142 billion, which includes a new $27 billion chip fund. Japan allocated $25.3 billion to support domestic production, which includes subsidies for TSMC and Rapidus factories, and the aim behind this is to triple chip production sales by 2030. 

India confirmed a $10 billion subsidy plan for its very first domestic chip factory, which has seen growth via an indirect support program, but critics point toward direct support being required to maintain its supply chain. The analyst also pointed out that Samsung also needs to provide direct support to maintain its semiconductor supply chain, with this year’s government direct support for the semiconductor industry at only 1.3 trillion won. 

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Apple Appears To Deal With OpenAI To Put ChatGPT on iPhone

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Samsung is already leading the AI market; now the other smartphone makers are also competing to win the AI war, and Apple is actively looking to add AI features to the iPhone and is close to a deal with OpenAI, another major name in AI development.

Previously, a few leaks teased somehow Apple and Google’s Gemini AI together in a way to bring something to the iPhones. But evidently, the deal is not closed yet, but one with OpenAI is nearly ready. A new report is reporting that Apple and OpenAI are cooking something as they have “closed in on an agreement” to use ChatGPT features on the iPhone as a part of iOS 18. 

Apple has already started gearing up for its next major iteration, iOS 18, in which ChatGPT will be capitalized within iOS. The deal is not exactly clear yet, but it is under discussion and still live. The report also states that a deal between Apple and Google regarding AI isn’t cold yet. 

A couple of weeks ago, it was reported that Apple was looking forward to a deal with Google to use Gemini to power AI features in the forthcoming iOS version. It was also stated that Apple was deciding to use Gemini for cloud-based text and image generation. 

However, until now, both companies have not come to the same conclusion to reach an agreement, but discussions are still “ongoing.” Apple’s next iOS 18 version is expected to be unveiled at WWDC, along with AI features. The WWDC event is scheduled for June 10, a month after Google’s own I/O developer conference, which is scheduled for May 14. 


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