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Apple certified Chinese BOE OLEDs for iPhone 14

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Apple could launch the next iPhone lineup in September this year. Meanwhile, the company has just certified BOE-manufactured OLED panels for its iPhone 14 models, as per Runto Technology.

According to the report, BOE got Apple’s notification regarding the certification of the iPhone 14 OLED panels. The Chinese display maker will start mass production in July, while shipments are likely to begin in September.

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Apple certified BOE displays for iPhone 14 earlier compared to the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 series devices. Therefore, it looks like the company could launch the upcoming iPhone lineup earlier than its predecessor.

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Recently, a TheElec report revealed that Apple and BOE will start evaluating OLED samples of the iPhone 14, while the former might give approval at the end of June 2022.

In September, Apple is expected to introduce the iPhone 14, 14 Pro 14 Max/Pro and 14 Pro Max. However, only the standard iPhone 14 model will feature an OLED display made by BOE, while others will pack Samsung’s.

Ahead of the iPhone 14 series, Samsung is going to introduce its futuristic next gen foldable displays that will debut with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 smartphones. Also, reports are there that the company might be launching a $800 foldable in the coming months.

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India will become the world’s 2nd biggest semiconductor customer by 2026, Counterpoint predicts

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Recently, Counterpoints and IESA (Indian Electronic and Semiconductor Association) together prepared the ‘2019-2026 India Semiconductor Market Report’. As per the report, India will become the second largest semiconductor customer by 2026.

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The report mentioned that the cumulative revenue of India’s semiconductor components market to climb to $300 billion in 2021-2026. In the year 2021, India’s end equipment market stood at $119 billion in terms of revenue and it is expected to grow at a CAGR of 19% from 2021 to 2026.

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Currently, the IT and industrial sectors contribute about 80% of India’s semiconductor revenue. ‘Make in India’ and production-related incentive schemes will facilitate local sourcing of semi-components in the coming years. Further policy reforms and building a semiconductor ecosystem will reduce dependence on semiconductors

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In terms of size and growing demand for semiconductor components across multiple industries and applications, India is going to become the world’s second-largest market.

This demand is driven by the rapid pace of digital transformation of consumers, businesses, and the public sector in the country, from enhanced connectivity to cloud content consumption through the adoption of new technologies. These include smartphones, PCs, wearables, cloud data centers, Industry 4.0 applications, IoT, smart mobility, and advanced telecom and utility infrastructure.

According to IESA CEO and President Krishna Moorthy:

Before the end of this decade, there will be nothing that will not be touched by electronics and the ubiquitous ‘chip’. Be it fighting carbon emissions, renewable energy, food safety, or healthcare, the semiconductor chip will be all-pervasive. Imagine this – all children all over India get educated in virtual classrooms by the country’s best teachers. The chip makes it possible. Again, imagine everyone in the country gets quality healthcare and diagnostics done remotely. Medicines are delivered by drones at your doorstep, even in the farthest villages of India. The chip will make it possible, and we will see this in front of our eyes very soon. Let us make India the semiconductor nation.’

As per Research Director at Counterpoint Research Tarun Pathak:

The mobile and wearables sector was the biggest contributor to India’s semiconductor industry in 2021. Mobile devices have become a primary tool for internet connectivity given that broadband and laptop/PC penetration remains low. In the last five years, the ‘consumer digital transformation’ has accelerated with the availability of cheap mobile internet, and mobile devices have connected a big part of the Indian population. Also, the gradual shift from feature phones to smartphones has been generating increased proportions of advanced logic processors, memory, integrated controllers, sensors and other components. This will continue to drive the value of the semiconductor content in smartphones, which is still an under-penetrated segment in India, aided by the rise of wearables such as smartwatch and TWS.”

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Samsung Digital Car Key expands to more phones and cars, Android 12 required

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Digital Car Key is a futuristic feature crafted by Samsung that makes select Galaxy smartphones like a digital key of flagship cars from select OEMs. Earlier, Digital Car Key support was available for a limited number of Samsung phones and cars, which is now expanded.

According to a screenshot shared by users, the Samsung Digital Key feature is now available on the Galaxy S21 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra for  Genesis GV60, G90 / Kia Niro / Hyundai Palisade, however, devices must be running Android 12 OS.

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Aside from this, the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21, Galaxy S20, Galaxy Note 20, Galaxy Z Flip 3, Galaxy Z Fold 2, and Galaxy Z Flip 5G carrier-locked models are only supported through the Android 12 version upgrade. It’s worth mentioning that the Galaxy S20 FE doesn’t support the Digital Car Key feature.

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Adding to this, the BMW models manufactured after July 2020 will support the Samsung Digital Car key feature on the Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 series devices running Android 12. Most of the models seem to have gained the Digital Car Key feature support capabilities with the Android 12.

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Last but not least, Samsung confirmed that more car models and supported phones will be added for the Digital Car Key feature in the future. In order to get more information about supported vehicles, consumers can contact the vehicle manufacturer.

The Digital Key feature is powered by UWB technology (ultrawideband), which is a short-range, wireless communication protocol that uses radio waves to operate, much like Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It transmits radio waves at a much higher frequency that enables highly accurate spatial awareness and directional capabilities.

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Meet Samsung’s new UDC for Galaxy Z Fold 4

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Just two days later, Samsung is going to launch its next-generation foldable smartphones for consumers. With the Galaxy Z Fold 3, Samsung debuted the UDC (under display camera technology), which is going to get a significant upgrade with the Galaxy Z Fold 4.

It was the first time when the company used bring the under-display camera technology with a Galaxy phone, however, the performance of that hidden camera is not so good, and neither the hole is invisible, as every Fold 3 consumer knows.

Well, meet the next generation of Samsung UDC technology that will be unveiled with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 foldable smartphone, two days later. Thanks to @SamsungRydah (update: Tweet deleted) for sharing an internal slideshow of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 showing off the upgraded under-display camera tech.

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As you can see in the image below, the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s UDC is capable of hiding the camera hole, comparatively better than its predecessor. The Z Fold 4’s camera screen area packs scattered subpixels instead of the collective subpixels which debuted with the Z Fold 3.

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This upgraded UDC functionality improves the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s UDC area resolution up to 40% with a 132ppi pixel density offering. It’s important to mention that the under-display camera area of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 has a screen resolution of just 94ppi.

In addition to the UDC, the Galaxy Z Fold 4’s rear camera specifications have been leaked as well, which claims 50MP primary camera, a 12MP ultrawide camera, and a 10MP telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. The company will launch the phone on August 10 Unpacked, however, there are a lot of benefits on pre-reservations.

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