Nov 262012

It’s rumored that Apple has re-selected battery suppliers for its iPad tablet computer and MacBook laptop, as Samsung Electronics Company has now stopped to supply batteries for these two types products. Apple’s new battery suppliers are located in China, they are Amperex Technology Limited, hereinafter referred to as the “ATL” and Tianjin Lishen Battery.

Due to the patent battle between Apple and Samsung Electronics, Apple’s adjusting supplier behavior gives the impression as if Apple is trying to alienate Samsung Electronics Company. This week, Samsung Electronics Company modified its lawsuit content against Apple, which extended patent infringement and prosecution to Apple iPad mini and fifth-generation iPod Touch new products. Samsung Electronics claimed when they initially sued Apple, they didn’t know these two products, but these two products also belong to patent infringement, because their design and software are so similar with other Apple products.

Apple large size iPad display is supplied by Samsung Electronics Company, but the iPad mini display supplier is South Korea’s LG. Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently said on quarterly earnings conference call, Samsung Electronics is a key component partner, and at least in the near future, this status will still remain.

Nov 162012

According to foreign media reports, an orchestrated iPad thefts occurred in the Kennedy International Airport in New York this Monday, $1.5 million valued iPad miniswere stolen.

It is reported that the criminals hasty escaped because an airport worker found them, althrough the criminals left 3 boxes iPad mini, they still took 2 boxes iPad mini, which is about 3600 units iPad, valued at approximately $ 1.5 million.

As of last night, the criminals are still at large. It is doubted some insiders helped in this case, according to some informers, criminals can easily get in and out place safeguard the iPad, there were certainly insiders help.

The case might affect the New York area’s iPad supply, the New York area consumers may be more difficult to buy iPad mini than consumers in other regions.

Nov 082012

It’s really a pity that the Apple iPad mini screen failed to meet the Retina level. Now from BBC News, currently the AU Optronics (AUO) is developing the next generation iPad mini screen, the resolution is expected to reach 2048 * 1536, which is four times than the current iPad mini screen resolution.

The news that Apple and AU Optronics are cooperating to develop the next generation iPad mini screen, while maintain the same size of 7.9 inches, the resolution will be up to 2048 * 1536, same as the fourth-generation iPad, but the higher pixel density to reach 497PPI. In addition, the new screen will use IGZO (metal oxide), as well as GOA (Gate IC on array) technology, and thus rest IC space at the edge of the screen, so the next generation iPad mini will adopt the ultimate narrow border design .

The AU Optronics said IGZO technology is necessary technology to produce ultra-high resolution screen, and the GOA technology is the premise to produce narrow frame screen, they will gradually develop or introduce new technology to enhance the operational performance. In addition, insiders pointed out that the production equipments to provide iPad mini parts in AUO Suzhou LCM factory are financed by Apple, which is equivalent to Apple’s dedicated production line.

As to the existing iPad mini screen, AU Optronics said they have solved the yield and light leakage problem, in the fourth quarter of this year they will supply material at a large number to ensure that the iPad mini can be sustained sales, which is also contributive to AUO performance.

Nov 022012

According to media reports, Apple’s new iOS devices sales is more impressive in shopping season, which involves at least four new products: the iPhone5, the fifth-generation iPod Touch, fourth-generation iPod Touch and iPad Mini.

In the past, there is a huge gap between the 3.5-inch Touch and the 9.7-inch iPad. Now the screen size involves four inches, 7.9 inches and 9.7 inches.

iPad Mini


It’s price is from $329, with a memory of 16GB (Wi-Fi version), the 4G LTE version is $130 higher than the regular edition.

Advantages: the right size; as portable as Kindle; fully compatible with all iPad and iPhone applications; good battery life; fairly low price.

Disadvantages: This is the only new iOS device without Retina Display, whose speed is not as faster as the updated and larger iPad.

Who should buy the iPad Mini? Obviously those who want to save money, because the cost of the equipment is less than the fourth-generation iPad. If you do not mind to have Retina Display, or are considering a second-generation iPad, or if you have children, or if you often take a commuter car, then the device is a good choice for you.

The fourth-generation iPad


Sales price is from $499, 16GB memory (Wi-Fi version), LTE version is also $130 higher than the regular version.

Advantages: fast speed; beautiful Retina Display and impressive game graphics.

Disadvantages: heavier; larger (relatively speaking), nearly the same with the previous generation iPad.

If you’ve never owned iPad, then the fourth-generation iPad is a good choice. This is an excellent portable device, a Tablet PC which is an easy to read and watch, also can become a “game machine”, in short, it is a multi-functional device. However, if you have a third-generation iPad, then there is no need to buy the fourth-generation iPad.

Recommended storage: Given the size of many high-definition video and gaming, 32GB or more memory.

Fifth-generation iPod Touch

Starting at $299, 32GB memory (Wi-Fi Edition), no LTE version.

Advantages: 4-inch Retina Display; camera with LED flash; good battery life, similar to the iPhone’s functions; 32GB memory; slim and small.

Disadvantages: speed not as fast as iPhone 5, no LTE version.

Who should buy the fourth-generation iPad? The iPhone users do not need to buy. It’s for those who are music lovers, like ultra-portable devices, large screens, large storage space, and want to buy the cheapest iOS devices. The device can be used as electronic readers and web browsers, but not as versatility as the iPad.

Recommended storage: If you want to play games or watching video, 32GB can. If used as a video camera, you need to 64GB.

To sum up: If you’re a Windows user, curious about the iOS, if you have a MacBook Air and iPhone, or if you want to use the best e-reader on the go, and then you can select the iPad Mini. If you already have an iPad, then also buy the iPad Mini. If you value speed and performance, or if you have a desktop and want a laptop, or you want to buy the first iPad and want to buy the best, you can select the fourth-generation iPad. If you want to save money, then select iPad Mini or consider the iPod Touch. If you are a melomania, but don’t have the iPhone, consider to buy the iPod Touch. If you only use for music, video and photo, considere the fourth-generation iPod Touch. If you want the best camera,  or you have a smart phone then buy the iPod Touch. If you want the Retina Display, but do not want to pay a lot of money, then you can consider the used third-generation iPad.

Nov 012012

According to media reports, Apple disclosed in the 10-K file handed to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in the 2012 fiscal year, the company’s investment in research and development is $ 3.4 billion, about $ 1 billion more than the 2011 fiscal year, an increase of 34%. Apple also disclosed in the 2012 fiscal year the number of employees increased by about 12,400.

Apple’s 2012 fiscal year, R&D investment growth is impressive, because the R&D investment growth is far more than Apple ever had before. For example, in the 2011 fiscal year, Apple’s R&D investment growth was $ 600,000, and $ 500,000 in fiscal year 2010. The substantial growth of Apple’s R&D investment may be related to a number of factors.

Firstly, Apple introduced the A6 chip, which is Apple’s first fully independent design chips, and need to invest a lot of time and resources. Secondly, Apple introduced the 13-inch and 15-inch Retina Display MacBook Pro and iPad mini and iPhone 5 this year, whose development work could have started before the 2012 fiscal year, but it will certainly have a significant impact to R&D investment increase of $ 1 billion in fiscal year 2012. In addition, although lighter and thinner, iPad mini battery life is nearly the same with the iPad, which surely means daunting challenges.

Substantial growth of R&D investment in 2012 fiscal year may also mean that Apple will introduce more new products next year.

Oct 302012

The investment bank Pacific Crest Securities analyst said in a report on Monday, after Apple announced the launch of the iPad mini tablet PC last week, consumer interest in Google and Microsoft Tablet PC cooled, but it seems the Amazon Tablet PCs have been well prepared for strong performance in the fourth quarter.

The report cited the “Supply Chain dialogue” and said, Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface Tablet PCs production orders have reduced by 34% and 14% in the current quarter, which is a incremental negative factor for Nvidia who provides Tegra microprocessor to it. The report also pointed out that the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet PC production is growing, production orders for the quarter may have grown 37%.

The report predicted that the Amazon Kindle Fire actually sold for end users will reach 11.3 million units this year, Surface will be 3.0 million units, Nexus will be 4.0 million units and Apple iPad will be 66.4 million units, lower than previously expected 7000 million units.

Pacific Crest Securities analyst Mike McConnell and John Vinh said in a report: “We think, Google Nexus 7 and Microsoft Surface order revise reflected a more cautious production , because Apple released the iPad mini and the upgrade iPad 3. ”

Apple released iPad mini last week. The iPad mini price is $329,lower than $ 500 which is the starting price of Surface Tablet PC, but much higher than $199 for the Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire. Amazon is prepared to launch a larger display Kindle Fire later this month.

iPad mini will be sold in retail stores this Friday, but seen from the pre-order situation, this Tablet PC has been sold out. Apple said on its Web site, users who have ordered the iPad mini will receive the product after about two weeks.

Oct 292012

According to media reports, the white Apple iPad mini tablet computer had already sold out during booking period, the insiders expressed the iPad mini LTE version tablet computer that supports for LTE network may be available earlier.

Apple releasedthis 7-inch tablet iPad Mini earlier last week, the first batch Tablet PCswere sold out 20 minutes after released. The white iPad Mini Tablet PC contains the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB three models, it is now expected that the product shipment date will be two weeks after the order date, consumers who want to buy the white iPad Mini Tablet PC need to be prepared to wait in long lines for hours at Apple retail stores.

Report from the technology blog 9to5Mac indicated that the time Apple began shipping iPad mini LTE version tablet computer supporting the LTE network may also be earlier than expected, and it’s expected the product will reach consumers with fast shipping on November 21 this year. The iPad mini LTE “ready version Tablet PC” is priced from $459, while the WiFi version iPad Mini Tablet PC price starts from $329. After Apple released the iPad mini Tablet PC, there are reports that Apple may not be able to meet the market demand.The market research firm NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim said in an analysis report, although Apple has enhanced iPad Mini foundation partners, the display panel supply and demand problem will still limit the first shipment of the product.

From the view of the white iPad mini sold out, the iPad mini tablet PC market demand is strong. IHS reported recently that iPad mini may double the market size of the 7-inch tablet PC in 2012 and 2013, but this result is also influenced by market demand as well as Apple’s ability to meet market demand.

Oct 262012

According to Cnet reports, the market research firm NPD Display Search said, if iPad mini sales is good, then it will have stockout situation. The main reasons for this problem is that the iPad mini touch screen panel is supplied by LG and AUO (AU Optronics). Because the latter is a new supplier, the yield and the volume is not sufficient to meet Apple’s needs. So basically iPad mini touch screen panel suppliers is only LG.

According to Richard Shim, market analyst of NPD Display Search, the touch screen production AU Optronics made for the iPad mini yield has been low, and it provides only about 100,000 units iPad mini screen. According to the original plan, the AU Optronics must provide 400,000 units touch screens in October, 800,000 in November and a million in December.

Comparatively speaking, LG in September provided Apple with a 300,000 units screen, and planned to provide one million in October and 3 million in December. Therefore, once AUO’s production can’t increase while the iPad mini is popular, then the stockout situation is natually inevitable.

In the past Apple often usd two or more parts manufacturers in order to ensure product supply, for example, the New iPad is supplied by Samsung and LG. This time the Apple iPad mini no longer uses Samsung touch screen, but changed to AU Optronics, which seems to reflect a determination to break with the Samsung.

It is worth noting that the vendors against each other will affect sales channels, if the iPad mini will be really hot, then the long-term shortage problem will continue, while the direct consequence is market price rising, ultimately the large number of consumers will suffer losses.

The market analysts views on the iPad mini are mixed, critics think it’s overpriced and the competitors also have excellent product contest. While the approvers think the launch of the iPad mini will expand the Apple user community, and thus bring more profits.

According to Apple arrangements, iPad mini will be on sale on November 2, and it’s priced at $329

Oct 262012

The analyst firm Digitimes Research predicts that in 2013, Apple is expected to become the world’s fifth-largest PC maker. Apple has released the new iMac, retina screen 13-inch Macbook Pro, iPad Mini and the fourth-generation iPad. Its Mac series products are moving towards thinner, lighter and higher resolution direction. Digitimes Research forecasts that Apple products total shipments will be more than 24 million units in 2013, an increase of 15% than 20.8 million units in 2012, which makes Apple possible to become the world’s fifth-largest PC maker in 2013.

Previously the data IDC and Gartner released showed that the manufacturer who ranked fifth in global PC shipments in the third-quarter is ASUS, whose market share is more than 7%.

The iPad Mini used DITO touch technology and other new technologies, so production capacity will be caused in the early and influence its shipments in the fourth quarter. However, with capacity rising costs will gradually decline, the gross profit margin will increase. Digitimes Research forecasts that, iPad’s total shipments is 65 million units 2012 and to rise to 75 million in 2013, or even 80 million -85 million units.

Apple also announced the upgraded version A6X processor for the iPhone 5 A6 processor. In the case that the basic structure has not been changed, the CPU frequency enhanced then the performance is enhanced. Digitimes Research predicts the overall performance of the A6X processor is six times than Surface Tegra 3 processor that the Microsoft Tablet PC equipped with, and the speed is twice than Samsung Exynos 5250 processor used on Nexus 10.

Oct 242012

According to media reports, the site recently launched an investigation on whether the user is willing to buy Apple’s upcoming iPad mini, the results showed that one-third of the respondents don’t intend to buy iPad mini as it’s too small, one-fifth believed that the iPad mini price may be too expensive.

The findings also showed that 70% of respondents among those who have not decided whether to buy the iPad mini are considering whether they need a smaller iPad, 30% people believe that the iPad mini price may be too expensive, in those who plan to buy the iPad mini, a quarter said they want to replace the existing tablet PCs with smaller iPad.

The survey results show that 18% respondents plan to buy the iPad mini, 32% people did not decide whether to buy, 50% people do not intend to buy. website president and editor-in-chief Yung Trang said: “Seen from the results of this survey, when consumers are considering whether to buy the iPad mini, what they really care about are price and screen size. This smaller tablet PCs may not be sought after by consumers as Apple’s other products. ”

In respondents who plan to buy the iPad mini, 14% indicated that they plan to queue to buy the Tablet PC on the release day, one fifth plan to purchase online once the Tablet PC launched, 66% people have not determine the purchase time.