Monthly Archives: August 2012
The iPad Mini has been a closely guarded secret of Apple's, as despite the constant hype and hoopla surrounding it for what seems like ages now, there seems to be little to no definite idea about whether the actual device exists, let alone what it looks like! Marco Arment, one of the rare celebrity app developers around, may have an idea.
Arment, famous for his critically and commercially successful Instapaper client, revealed in his blog yesterday that his app's device stats had a couple of curious entries:
"I saw two curious entries in Instapaper’s device stats today: one iPad2,5 and one iPad2,6.
(There were also a few iPhone5,1 devices, but that’s not a surprise — that’s almost certainly next month’s new GSM iPhone.)"
That's right, Arment revealed not 1, but 3 unknown new devices had accessed Instapaper recently. The iPhone 5 seems to be a dead certainty for a launch in the next couple of months, but the iPad 2,5 and iPad 2,6 are very blatant indications towards the existence of as yet unknown Apple tablets.
The iPad 2,4 was an upgraded version of the iPad 2 that got a price tag of $399, and was slowly used to ease out the old iPad 2 from stores. The 2,4 had an upgraded 28 nm A5 processor (as opposed to the iPad 2's 45 nm processor), making it substantially more power efficient and faster. The 2,5 and 2,6 could just be Apple's idea of tweaking the iPad 2 further - shrinking the overall screen size from 9.7 inches to 7.x inches, while maintaining the old pre Retina resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels.
According to a few people who claim to be familiar with Apple's iPad Mini plans, Apple will be using screens from AU Optronics and LG. The screen will measure 7.85 inches diagonally, compared to the current iPad's 9.7-inch screen. TPK Holding and Yeh Cheng Technology will supply the lamination coating for the device. The iPad Mini is expected to be announced in October, after the anticipated September keynote in which Apple is expected to announce the next generation iPhone.
An iPad Mini could help Apple hold its significant share in the tablet market, last reported at 70%.
Apple declined to comment on any plans for an iPad Mini or any ongoing relationships with the suggested part manufacturers.
Apple sales have been decreasing ever since a U.S. court ruled that Samsung was guilty of patent infringement. New product announcements such as the next iPhone and a new iPad Mini will most likely boost sales to above average numbers.
The ruling of the Apple vs. Samsung trial, which states that Samsung has infringed on Apple’s patents, has been taken controversially. A popular subject that analysts are looking at is innovation. Many people think that the trial ruling will slow the innovation process. A less popular opinion also exists, stating that the ruling will actually help and encourage innovation. I have previously reported my own opinion that the ruling will hurt innovation. However, more time has passed and I have researched both sides of the issue. In this article, I hope to outline both sides of the story. Be warned, however: nobody knows whether the ruling will truly hurt or help innovation. It could certainly go either way and only time will tell.
Apple's massive victory over Samsung in their incredibly high profile patent battle may have just received a sudden dampener. For all the money ($1.05 billion, to be precise) that the Cupertino company will be raking in with their win in the courts, they will be missing out on what would be the icing on the cake for them - a comprehensive ban on several of Sammy's best selling products.
The highly anticipated LG Optimus Vu is finally going international. According to LG, the “phablet”, which is currently available only in the Korean and Japanese markets, will be released in “select” countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America next month.
The rather bulky Optimus Vu was first unveiled by LG at the World Mobile Congress in February. Since then, it has gone on to become a huge success in the Korean and Japanese markets, with as many as 500,000 units sold in Korea alone. It was this overwhelming response that encouraged LG to make Optimus Vu available for, initially, the Japanese market and now to the global audience.
The most striking feature of the Optimus Vu is its rather unconventional form factor. The tablet / Smartphone sports a 5 inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio and a 768x1024 resolution. It remains to be seen as to how the global audiences will take to its bulky form factor and odd aspect ratio, but if its past performance is anything to go by, it should do just fine.
The international version is fitted with the very powerful Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad Core Processor with an additional fifth power saver core. The power saver core kicks in during normal low energy functions of the phone, thereby providing a perfect balance between long battery life and high performance.
Processor NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core CPU Camera Resolution 8 Mega pixel Storage Memory 32 GB onboard Screen 5 inch, 4:3 aspect ratio, XGA resolution IPS display Secondary Camera Resolution 1.3 MP
Nothing much is currently known about the pricing or about LTE connectivity. However there are rumors that Verizon Wireless will sell it in US for a price of $199.99. It is widely assumed that the international version will sport much better specifications than the original, but as of now, we know only of a processor upgrade. The operating system will also, in all probability, be upgraded from the current Android Gingerbread 2.3 to the newer Ice Cream Sandwich. LG is slated to showcase the new handset at IFA in Berlin before its launch.
Much hype has been generated over its impending release with many expecting it to be a direct competition to the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller claims that Motorola Mobility has reached a licensing deal with Apple that significantly clips the Google subsidiary's wings in the ongoing Apple vs Android patent war.
Apple has done it before with the iPhone and the iPad: they’ve reinvented the way we think about phones and mobile computing. Hold on…they’re out to do it again.
Reports of Apple revamping its Apple TV have been circulating for quite some time. The rumors originated by saying that Apple was planning on making a whole new product, likely an Apple HDTV, a high definition television complete with Apple TV software. The rumors then morphed into saying Apple would merely revamp its current Apple TV set-top box to allow it to play live cable TV.
Apple may now be thinking of a way to completely change the way we purchase live TV, on top of changing how we watch it and interact with it. Fortune reported on a “company update” from Pacific Crest, in which Apple executives offered opinions on the possibility of an Apple TV. The executives stated that Apple does not agree with the way that cable companies charge consumers for service. If you think about it, you pay a whole lot of money for a bunch of channels that don’t interest you. How many channels do you watch on your TV? Myself, I usually only visit 10 channels out of the thousands of channels offered to me.
Barely a day after Apple had an internal memo praising the victory of its 'values' over Samsung in the high profile legal spat between the two companies, Sammy has just released an internal memo for its own employees. The gist is simple: the Korean company is disappointed by the decision of the US District court, as it 'starkly contrasts' the decisions made by courts in countries like "the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Germany, and Korea,"and that they would do their best to soldier on till the judge's final ruling is declared.
Consumers are the real losers in the Apple vs. Samsung trial. A jury found Samsung guilty of violating Apple’s registered iPhone and iPad design patents. To cover damages, Samsung was ordered to pay over $1 billion to Apple. Additionally, lawyers are planning to request that infringing Samsung devices be banned from the U.S. market.
While Samsung is a clear loser in this case, consumers will also be affected negatively. To avoid the possibility of being sued by Apple, smartphone and tablet manufacturers now have to consider the possibility that their designs will infringe Apple’s patents. This can drastically change future product designs of non-Apple products and can affect the innovation process. Manufacturers can choose to lease Apple’s patents to have access to the technology and designs. However, products using leased patents will have a higher price tag to cover the lease cost.
Google is also taking a hit from the verdict. Google’s operating system, Android, powers most of the non-Apple market, including Samsung’s mobile devices. If Apple’s lawyers get their way and convince the judge to ban Samsung’s infringing products from the market, both Samsung and Google will be feeling the effects.
Samsung is trying to claim that Apple’s patents are too general, referring to them as patents for a rounded rectangle. In September, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide if Apple’s patents are too general.
It's hardly been a while since Apple managed to land Samsung Electronics a crushing defeat in the high profile patent infringement case. Samsung may claim that the battle is hardly over, thanks to its plans of appealing against the crippling $1.05 billion damages it needs to cough up to compensate Apple, but it has been a huge loss of face for the Korean company.