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From iPhones to e-axles: how one tech firm is pushing into electric vehicles

(Reuters) – The miniature motors that make iPhones buzz on silent helped power Japan’s Nidec 6594.T to become a 1.5-trillion-yen ($14 billion) company.

FILE PHOTO: Nidec Corp’s logo is pictured at an earnings results news conference in Tokyo, Japan, July 25, 2018. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/File Photo

In recent years, Nidec’s founder Shigenobu Nagamori has turned his attention to autos, and a technology which turns electricity stored in the battery into propulsion power.

This technology, called an e-axle or e-drive, is emerging as a new competitive front as the auto industry shifts to electric vehicles. By 2030, Nagamori says he wants a 35% slice of a global e-axle market that is forecast to be worth $20-30 billion a year by then, up from an estimated $2.8-$3 billion now.

He is betting that electric cars will follow the same route as room aircons, washing machines and computers, with key components, such as motor

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Apple Joins 5G Revolution With Four New IPhones For Fast Networks

Apple joined the move to 5G on Tuesday, unveiling four new iPhones which use the new standard in what could be a turning point for the high-speed wireless technology.

“Today is the beginning of a new era for iPhone,” Apple chief executive Tim Cook said during a streamed launch event from the company’s headquarters in California.

“This is a huge moment for all of us. And we’re really excited. 5G will bring a new level of performance for downloads and uploads, higher quality video streaming, more responsive gaming, real time interactivity and so much more.”

The new models include the redesigned iPhone 12 — successor to the top-selling iPhone 11 launched last year — with a display of 6.1 inches at a starting price of $799, available October 23.

In this photo released by Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about 5G during an Apple event at Apple Park in Cupertino, California In this photo released by Apple, Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks about 5G during an Apple event at Apple Park in

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What Apple didn’t tell you about the new iPhones

The late Steve Jobs was known for engaging in a “reality distortion shield” when launching new projects that perhaps didn’t tell the whole story.

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On Tuesday, Apple did a masterful job at its big reveal event of hyping its lineup of four new iPhones that, on the face of it, will have faster processors, improved camera features and connect to the new 5G wireless standard. In addition to starting out with a new HomePod mini, Apple unveiled an iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and the iPhone Pro Max, ranging in price from starting at $699 on up to starting at $1,099.  We got the super detailed information on the processors, lenses and intuitive technology that makes it all work. 

But what didn’t Apple tell us? Well, a lot.

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iPhone 12 specs vs. iPhone 11, iPhone SE and iPhone XR: All the iPhones you can still buy new

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The iPhone 11 Pro Max, the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro.


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This story is part of Apple Event, our full coverage of the latest news from Apple headquarters.

During a virtual event Tuesday, Apple announced its lineup of iPhone 12 phones after a month-long postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic. There are four new devices altogether: the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max. With the various memory configurations, the phones range from $729 (£699, AU$1,199) to as much as $1,399 (£1,399, AU$2,369) off-contract, but all models have 5G connectivity, the A14 Bionic chip and multiple rear cameras.

Because of these latest devices, Apple reduced the prices of its older iPhone models that it still sells new. This includes the iPhone 11 from last year and the iPhone XR from 2018. The iPhone SE, which the company

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New iPhones Won’t Come With Headphones Or A Charging Box Anymore

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Apple will no longer include a complimentary pair of wired headphones or a power adapter with new iPhones, the company announced Tuesday as it unveiled the iPhone 12, in an effort to cut down on packaging and reduce emissions.

Key Facts

The iPhone 12 will only come with a USB-C to Lightning cable for charging.

You’ll have to buy a $19 USB-C charging brick separately if you want to use the cable in the box, though you can still charge your phone with any old iPhone charger with a Lightning connector.

Earpods will cost another $19 if you don’t already have a pair or use wireless Airpods.

Apple says the move is part of the company’s effort to become 100% carbon neutral by 2030. 

Removing accessories, Apple says, will use fewer raw materials and thinner packaging, which allows Apple to put 70% more units on a single shipping pallet

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iPhones won’t come with headphones or power adapters in the box from now on

That drawer full of bad headphones and extra power adapters for your phone won’t get any more cluttered if you decide to pick up a new iPhone 12. Apple will no longer include those items in the box, part of a redoubled effort to reduce its environmental footprint.

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In a segment of its iPhone-centric event today, Apple’s Lisa Jackson explained that the company is hoping to have “net zero climate impact” globally by 2030, meaning everything from manufacturing and assembly to packaging and device recycling will be carbon neutral. Achieving that means relying more on solar power and efficient operations, of course, but also reducing waste.

To that end the company will no longer include the familiar white headphones that have come in the box since the early days of the iPhone, nor the standard outlet adapter for the power cable.

“Customers already have over 700 million Lightning

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Apple unveils new iPhones for faster 5G wireless networks

In a move that may annoy some consumers, Apple will no longer include charging adapters with new phones. It says that will mean smaller, lighter boxes that are more environmentally friendly to ship. Apple, however, separately sells power adapters that cost about $20 and $50, depending on how fast they charge phones.

Apple has one of the most loyal and affluent customer bases in the world, which has many analysts betting the next wave of phones will sell well. The iPhone remains the foundation of Apple’s business.

Apple boasted about the 5G capabilities and brought in Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg to champion the carrier’s network. 5G is supposed to mean much faster speeds, making it quicker to download movies or games, for instance.

But finding those speeds can be a challenge. While telecom operators have been rolling out 5G networks, significant boosts in speed are still uncommon in much of

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New iPhones: Why upgrading to a 5G phone is probably a waste of money

As we look at this week’s big Apple announcement, all expectations are that Apple will join Samsung, OnePlus, LG, and others with 5G-capable phones. It seems exciting. After all, if 4G was good, 5G has to be better. Right?

Right?

But here’s the thing: While 5G has long-term potential for overall telecommunications infrastructure, it doesn’t appear to have many near-term advantages for smartphones. In fact, it would seem that if you’re paying just to upgrade your phone to 5G, you’re probably wasting money.

In this article, I’ll explore five reasons it’s hard to get happy about 5G – at least for this generation of smartphones.

1. Not available in most areas

Sure, 5G will be built out tower-by-tower across the United States. But right now, it’s pretty unimpressive. Here’s what CNET wrote in June about connectivity:

On availability, T-Mobile users were connected to its 5G network 22.5% of the time,

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Ahead of 5G iPhones, 5G Smartphone Penetration Keeps Climbing

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) is set to unveil its 5G iPhones on Tuesday at a virtual product event. The new flagship handsets aren’t expected to ship until November because of delays related to the coronavirus outbreak. Ahead of that unveiling, 5G penetration of smartphones in the U.S. continues to climb higher, according to recent estimates from Counterpoint Research.



Ahead of 5G iPhones, 5G Smartphone Penetration Keeps Climbing


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Ahead of 5G iPhones, 5G Smartphone Penetration Keeps Climbing

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5G penetration in 2020 expected to reach 20%

5G handsets represented 13.5% of all smartphones sold in the U.S. in August, according to Counterpoint. Penetration has been climbing throughout 2020, although the metric dipped in May. At the beginning of the year, 5G penetration was a mere 3% of U.S. smartphone sales.

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5G Penetration

January

3.3%

February

3.2%

March

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Apple prepares to launch 5G iPhones into unready US market

Apple Inc. is set to embrace 5G as one of its most significant additions to this year’s iPhones, but the technology is still not ready for the masses in the United States.

That’s because the country’s three largest wireless carriers, Verizon Communications Inc., AT&T Inc., and T-Mobile US Inc., have yet to roll out 5G in a way that provides consistently higher data speeds or widespread coverage. If these companies do not dramatically upgrade their networks soon, many consumers buying the latest iPhones could find this year’s premier feature underwhelming.

The addition of 5G will be a key talking point at Tuesday’s iPhone event, underscored by Apple’s tagline: “Hi, Speed.” The new wireless technology lets phones download data from a cellular connection many times faster than 4G LTE, the current standard — but 5G coverage remains scarce in many advanced markets.

Phone makers, including Samsung Electronics Co., started rolling out

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