first_imgThe stockpiling compounds lingering issues across a global electronics industry still recovering from rolling lockdowns that snarled transport routes and cut off workers from factories earlier this year. Disruptions are expected to persist over the next two quarters, the people said.Power management is more important in the iPhone 12 than for its predecessors given additional camera features and 5G capabilities, increasing Apple’s need for these components. It recently launched four 5G models and analysts expect strong consumer demand for the devices. During a recent conference call with analysts, Apple Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook warned about supply constraints for the iPhone 12, Mac, iPad and some Apple Watch models, although he didn’t specifically mention power-management chips.Supply issues for the iPhone are “not a surprise” because Apple has just begun to ramp up production, the CEO said. “It’s hard to predict” how long the supply constraints will last, he added. An Apple spokesman declined to comment.- Advertisement – Apple has multiple power-management chip suppliers, according to a recent teardown from iFixit. The iPhone 12 Pro uses a component from Texas Instruments to control power to the camera system, along with a similar chip from STMicroelectronics NV and one from Qualcomm for the 5G modem.There’s also a power-management part designed by Apple in this handset. In 2018, Apple acquired technology and other assets from Dialog Semiconductor Plc for $600 (roughly Rs. 4,500 crores) million to build its own power-management chips.The disruption to iPhone production comes amid questions over Apple’s ability to galvanise demand for its newest gadget in China, following its worst quarterly revenue performance there since 2014. Investors are concerned the company is losing momentum to homegrown rivals like Huawei and Xiaomi in one of its most critical markets.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Apple is grappling with a shortage of vital chips that manage power consumption in iPhone models and other devices, people with knowledge of the matter said, complicating its ability to meet holiday demand for the latest version of its marquee gadget.It’s unclear to what extent the bottleneck may limit iPhone availability during its crucial launch quarter, typically Apple’s busiest. Despite the shortfall, suppliers are likely to prioritise Cupertino, California-based Apple and its power-hungry iPhone 12 over other customers lining up for scarce parts, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters.Increasing demand for silicon across a range of products and supply-chain disruptions from COVID-19 are the main causes of the shortage, according to the people. Main Apple chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing said in October that 5G smartphones require 30 percent to 40 percent more chip content versus 4G. That and uncertainty over the course of the pandemic is spurring customers to cache components for fear of running out, especially after major smartphone maker Huawei had stocked up massively ahead of a September deadline for US sanctions.- Advertisement – In the US, a check of Apple’s website shows that new iPhone 12 Pro orders won’t arrive to customers until the end of November or early December, while the regular iPhone 12 isn’t showing any delay. Many iPad models are showing deliveries between mid-November and the end of the month, while some Apple Watch models are showing delivery times in late November.-With assistance from Mark Gurman.© 2020 Bloomberg L.P.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.last_img read more

first_imgStoke defender Andy Wilkinson is hopeful he will sign a new contract with the club despite just two Barclays Premier League starts this season. The 29-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer and, despite injury problems, he is set to get an extension of at least 12 months. “I have been offered it. It’s positive and it’s ongoing at the minute,” Wilkinson, a graduate from the Potters’ academy, told The Sentinel. “But obviously this is a club I love and I want to stay at, so hopefully we can get it sorted as soon as possible. “It is my club and it would be hard for me to leave. Obviously I want to play games and I feel I can do that this season. “It’s been really frustrating for me not playing many games and having an injury set me back once I got back into the team. “But hopefully I can sort it out and force my way back into the team now.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Axed Trinidad and Tobago Red Force wicketkeeper/batsman Denesh Ramdin has blasted the team’s selectors and has gone as far as accusing coach Mervyn Dillon of not wanting him around.In an interview on the Mason & Guest radio show here Tuesday, the former West Indies captain said the disrespect of senior players by the selectors and the uncertainty team members were feeling were affecting morale.The veteran cricketer, who chairman of selectors Tony Gray said had been omitted from the 13-man squad for the sixth and seventh rounds of the tournament because of a lack of form, added that there was a serious problem in communication between players and management.“They’re not respecting our senior players. They are doing their own thing, basically,” the former Red Force skipper said, adding that he was not the only experienced player who has been overlooked.“Ravi Rampaul was available for the whole season and they just bypassed him. When you look around there’s no one who can bowl faster than this guy. He helps the younger players.”In the two matches he played for Red Force this season, Ramdin batted three times and scored just 16 in one instance and two ducks in the others. He ended last season with 348 runs, including two half-centuries, at an average of almost 22.Ramdin admitted being “shocked and surprised” at being dropped, adding that the chairman of selectors had told him to “play club cricket”.“Our system is very strange. They will call you and let you know when you get dropped, but when you get selected you have to read it in the news. It’s very disrespectful,” he told radio show hosts Andrew Mason and Dr Andrew Forde.“I’m not sure what message they’re sending to the younger players because at the moment they have players who think that if you get a low score you’re going to be out the next game, so guys are not comfortable in the game. They’re scratching here, they’re scratching there, they’re wondering ‘if I don’t make runs this game, I’m gone the next game’.”Ramdin said he would have loved to captain the team for one more season, to give the younger players guidance, but believed he was not appreciated or wanted by Dillon, with whom he said he did not “see eye-to-eye”.“That’s what we’re lacking in the Caribbean at this point in time – the guidance of the younger players to do certain things, but our coach at the moment, I don’t think he wants me around,” he charged.“I believe he just wants a young group of guys that he can dictate and use them to go forward, but this Four-Day Tournament you need senior players around so that when pressure comes you’d be able to handle it a lot better.”Red Force are going into the next round of the six-team tournament in fifth place, on 46.6 points. Barbados Pride lead the standings with 84.2 points, ahead of defending champions Guyana Jaguars on 60.8 points. They are followed by Jamaica Scorpions on 57.4 points and Windward Islands Volcanoes on 50 points. Leeward Islands Hurricanes round up the bottom with 32.6 points.In addition to Ramdin, four others were dropped from the Red Force squad, led by Yannick Ottley. Ramdin, Yannic Cariah, Keagan Simmons, Kissoondath Magram and Daniel St Clair have been replaced by fast bowler Anderson Phillip, veteran leg-spinner Imran Khan, spinner Khary Pierre, batsman Isaiah Rajah, and former West Indies Under-19 batsman Cephas Cooper. RED FORCE SQUAD: Yannick Ottley (captain), Jeremy Solozano, Isaiah Rajah, Joshua Da Silva, Jason Mohammed, Imran Khan, Akeal Hosein, Bryan Charles, Uthman Muhammad, Anderson Phillip, Terrance Hinds, Cephas Cooper, Khary Pierre. Mervyn Dillon (coach), David Furlonge (manager).last_img read more

first_imgKobe Bryant once spent part of his teenage years studying every move Michael Jordan made, hopeful that eventually he could emulate them. Though it will hardly end the debate that has encompassed Bryant’s 19-year career, he has emulated Jordan’s game enough to surpass him in one category that defined both of the players’ skill sets. Bryant entered the Lakers’ game on Sunday against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center only 246 points shy of surpassing Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. “He’ll probably just say it’s another milestone, but Jordan was somebody Kobe idolized and looked up to,” said Denver coach Brian Shaw, who won three of his NBA titles with Bryant on the Lakers from 2000-2002 and served as an assistant coach when he won two more championships in 2009 and 2010. “Whether he says it or not, I personally feel it would be one of his greatest accomplishments.”Bryant has said he cares more about his five NBA championships, which trail Jordan’s six titles. But Shaw considers Bryant and Jordan nearly on equal footing. “Being ex-players, they’ll learn a lot faster,” Scott said. “It’s obviously an adjustment because you’re so used to doing it when you played. When you coach, you have to rely on other people to do it. I think both of those guys will be great coaches.”Shaw said he has “learned a lot,” after coaching last season, a season that included veteran guard Andre Miller verbally confronting Shaw after Miller’s absence in a game snapped his league-leading consecutive games played streak (239). Shaw has relied on his past playing experience to expedite the learning curve.“You can ask how many guys have won it or how many guys have felt that feeling before. There’s not too many guys in that locker room who can say that,” said Shaw. “You just ask them to try to do things the way I’m asking you to do.” “Michael is the best player to ever play the game and the best player at the 2 guard position,” Shaw said. “It’s 1A and 1B and I think Kobe is the best 2 guard right behind him. I don’t think there’s any one difference between the two.” Been there, done thatThe common thread that tie Shaw, Byron Scott and Derek Fisher go deeper than winning multiple NBA championships with the Lakers. They are all NBA head coaches, hoping their professional experience in collecting championship hardware will happen on the sideline. Fisher has compiled a 4-10 record thus far in his first season coaching the New York Knicks. Shaw went 36-46 last season in his first year with the Nuggets and missed the playoffs. Scott experienced some good, including two trips to the NBA Finals with the former New Jersey Nets and winning NBA Coach of the Year in 2008 with the former New Orleans Hornets. Scott has also experienced some bad. All three of his coaching stints in New Jersey (2000-04), New Orleans (2004-09) and Cleveland (2010-13) ended with his firing. Scott has also overseen the Lakers’ worst start in franchise history. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more