Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi takes aim at Samsung and Apple with latest $1,000 device – CNBC
Xiaomi launched its flagship smartphone globally on Sunday as the Chinese electronics giant attempts to take a slice of the high-end market and challenge Apple and Samsung.
The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro were originally launched in China in December, but now the Beijing, China-headquartered company is bringing the devices to markets overseas.
The Xiaomi 13 Pro device sports a 6.73-inch display and the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset from U.S. firm Qualcomm. It has a triple-lens camera and other premium features like ultra-fast charging. The company talked up the capabilities of its camera that it “co-engineered” with German firm Leica.
The Xiaomi 13 starts at 999 euros ($1,053) while the 13 Pro starts at 1,299 euros.
Xiaomi had a rough year in 2022 with its smartphone shipments declining 26% year-on-year, according to research firm IDC, the biggest fall among the top five biggest handset vendors. The company swung to a loss in the September quarter, the latest financial results available.
Xiaomi has faced a number of headwinds, in particular a more difficult macroeconomic environment with a slowing economy in China. A total of 1.21 billion smartphones were shipped in 2022, which represents the lowest annual shipment total since 2013, according to IDC.
“Xiaomi is facing multiple headwinds inside China from an ever-popular Apple iPhone, a surprisingly strong Honor, and fickle Chinese consumers who often switch between Android hardware brands in a flash,” Neil Mawston, an analyst at TechInsights, told CNBC via email.
Honor is the Chinese smartphone brand that was spun off from Huawei.
Xiaomi has turned into one of the biggest smartphone makers over the years via a strategy of bringing out high-spec devices at very competitive price points. It began pushing into overseas markets around seven years ago, pursuing a similar strategy. But it is now looking to push into the higher end of the market, where margins are higher and the market is still growing.
High-end smartphones, those that cost over $800, accounted for 18% of the total handset market in 2022, up from 11% in 2020, Canalys data shows. Xiaomi’s push into the premium tier will pit it against Apple and Samsung, which will be a challenge for the Chinese rival. Samsung and Apple devices accounted for 92% of the high-end market in 2022, according to Canalys.
“Competing with Apple and Samsung is incredibly difficult. Not just matching market leading products, but particularly going up against enormous companies with exceptional brand awareness, high-end perceptions, experience focused solutions and product ecosystems with high user-stickiness,” Runar Bjørhovde, research analyst at Canalys, told CNBC via email.
Xiaomi is the latest Chinese smartphone player that is trying to crack the high-end of the market. Oppo launched its first foldable phone for the overseas market this month that costs more than $1,000.
iOS 16.4—Apple Just Gave iPhone Users 33 Reasons To Update Now – Forbes
Apple’s iOS 16.4 upgrade is finally here, along with a bunch of brilliant new iPhone features. There are also important security reasons to update to iOS 16.4, because the latest iPhone upgrade fixes 33 vulnerabilities, some of which are serious.
Apple doesn’t give much detail about what’s fixed in iOS 16.4, to give as many people the opportunity to update before attackers can get hold of the details.
The iOS 16.4 upgrade fixes two flaws in the Kernel at the heart of the iPhone operating system tracked as CVE-2023-27969 and CVE-2023-27933 that could allow an attacker to execute code. A Sandbox issue tracked as CVE-2023-28178 could allow an app to bypass Privacy preferences, according to Apple’s support page.
Other issues fixed in iOS 16.4 include two vulnerabilities in WebKit, the engine that powers the iPhone maker’s Safari browser. Overall, iOS 16.4 fixes 33 security vulnerabilities in 32 iPhone components, making it the biggest update in a while.
Reasons to update to iOS 16.4
Apple’s last iPhone update—the iOS 16.3.1 upgrade issued in February—was an emergency fix for issues already being used in attacks.
None of the flaws fixed in iOS 16.4 have been used in real life attacks yet, according to Apple, but given the amount of issues, it still makes sense to update as soon as possible.
Apple also released iOS 15.7.4 and iPadOS 15.7.4 for users of older devices.
Experts say some of the bugs fixed in iOS 16.4 could be chained together to form more effective attacks. While the iOS 16.4 security fixes aren’t particularly worrying, it is possible to chain vulnerabilities together to gain root level access to the device, says independent security researcher Sean Wright.
However, Wright concedes that this is a lot harder to do remotely. “Most of the vulnerabilities are either privacy related or require local access—for example installing a malicious app making remote exploitation a lot more difficult.”
At the same time, Kernel level vulnerabilities fixed in iOS 16.4 make Apple’s latest update important, says Wright.
While you don’t need to panic, the issues fixed in iOS 16.4 make updating to the latest iPhone software a priority. You know what to do—go to your Settings > General > Software Update and upgrade to iOS 16.4 now to keep your iPhone safe.
Work: Closure of one lane of the St-Jean Boulevard ramp from Highway 40 Est – Pointe-Claire
The City of Pointe-Claire would like to inform you that due to private work, one lane of the St-Jean Boulevard southbound ramp from the Felix-Leclerc Highway West service road will be closed between Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, May 31, between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m., due to work.
We thank you for your understanding.
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