Apple Daily Report: Apple has 47% of the premium smartphone market (and more news)

Since Steve and I can’t cover everything, at the end of each week day, we’ll offer this wrap-up of news items you should check out. 

Apple is the driving force in the premium smartphone market, with a new Counterpoint Research report — as noted by AppleInsider —suggesting the growth in the quarter was driven by new iPhones, along with new flagship launches in China by local vendors. Counterpoint says Apple captured a 47% share of the premium segment in the period, followed by Samsung with 22%, Huawei with 12%, Vivo at 5%, Oppo with 5%, and Xiaomi at 3%. 

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Austria plans to tax tech giants such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, following France's new levy on the so-called GAFA companies, according to AFP/Reuters. The EU has been trying to implement a bloc-wide policy on the matter.

MacGamer HQ has released a new guide: the best Mac simulation games. It not only lists the games, but adds benchmark results.

iPhone assembler Wistron has increased the authorized capital of its subsidiary in India, Wistron InfoComm Manufacturing (India), to INR30 billion (about $430.62 million) to meet its future development in the country, according to a company filing with the Taiwan Stock Exchange, as noted by DigiTimes.

According to AppleInsider, future USB-C devices will confirm the authenticity of connected peripherals, which could lead to future iPhones, iPads, and Macs only accepting fully-compliant chargers and rejecting hazardous devices.

Former Apple software engineer Bob Burrough has posted a video of an environmentally-lit user iOS interface he’s developing. By using the iPhone’s front-facing camera, the iPhone’s UI shades objects based on the lighting in a room. Cult of Mac says “it may not sound that exciting, but once you see it in action you’ll be wowed.”