Provided is a weekly snapshot of the recent mobile, technology and electronic recycling related news that HOBI’s blog reported during the week 4/01-4/05.
The latest chapter in the ongoing and messy Apple versus Qualcomm legal battle involves a U.S. trade judge that has found Apple guilty of infringing on two Qualcomm patents related to power management and data download speeds. As a result, an ITC judge says some iPhone models containing competing Intel modems might be blocked from shipping from China, where they’re manufactured, to the U.S.
Nearing the end of the last year, the mobile phone market saw a huge slowdown in smartphone sales. A few of the biggest names in tech were affected by the slow paced market, with Apple reporting that iPhone revenue fell by as much as 15 percent and Samsung recorded a sales decline of 4.4 percent in Q4 of 2018. In a world where consumers are near-addicted to their smartphones, it begs the question: What is causing these slumps and is the smartphone boom actually coming to an end?
For a brief period of time last year, it looked like the PC market was trying to make a recovery from the downward spiral it was traveling. AFter seven straight years of decline, PC and tablet shipments finally began to edge backup last year. Unfortunately, Intel’s CPU shortage may have prevented any long-lasting improvement. Total sales fell 1.2 percent from 2017-2018. And according to a report from IDC, this pattern will repeat for the next four years.
U.S. companies that collect waste for recycling are weighing higher prices and other changes to their operations since China upended the industry when it stopped accepting a majority of the scrap material Americans have been shipping there for decades. E-Scrap, a Resource Recycling publication, reports that while the recycling relationship between the U.S. and China was hampered by scrap material restrictions, both countries can help each other by sharing industry knowledge and resources.