Apr 052013
 

Does Apple plan to launch the PC and Tablet PC hybrid computer? The technology blog PatentlyApple said: Yes, Apple may consider to the introduce such equipment in the future.

Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Registration Board announced a patent document with Apple’s signature. Apple thinks the computing device can be either a single operatively networked device, or two separate communication devices. The documents also show that this computing device screen is also with retractable magnet, which is able to connect with keyboard.

The patent is submitted in the third quarter of 2011, so that we could think Apple had previously considered to introduce such equipment. In addition, this document did not mention the details of the design, but still pointed out the structure of the device. However, it also depends on whether this trend can impress the company’s decision-makers if Apple will ultimately launch a hybrid Mac or iPad.

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Dec 272012
 

In October, Razer officially announced that they were doing a “Fiona plan” about high-end Windows 8 gaming tablet. At that time, the Razer asked their fans what functions they want the tablet to have. Now, Razer’s CEO – Min-Liang Tan has revealed the things that they want to change of the tablet – all are there in his personal Facebook page.

On Min-Liang Tan Facebook page, he said that the Razer fans want a Core i5 or i7 processor, and an unnamed GPU that can run PC games, and can withstand the weight of 2 times than the iPad’s. In addition, players also hope that the tablet can be equipped with one (or more) removable controller.

Tan said this tablet will be set between $1299-$1499, which of course is much higher than the prices of the tablets on the market. Tan also said that he would randomly select a lucky who likes or shares his Facebook notice, and then he will send him/her one tablet after its release.

But Razer did not mention the release time of the Windows 8 high-end gaming tablet, perhaps we may see it in CES2013.

Dec 182012
 

 

What kind of performance will there be for Apple in 2012? There following are the top five forecasts the American CNET made.

1. The advent of 1.Apple TV

Same with the IPad and iPhone, the Apple TV has had a lot of rumors before the launch. As the saying goes, where there is smoke there is fire, the launch of Apple TV will become a hot topic in 2013.

It remains uncertain that what the Apple TV will look like. Apple has produced its own set-top boxes, but it does not fit to plug in cable television cable. On the contrary, its main purpose is to connect Apple’s digital stores and third-party streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu. In 2013, Apple is expected to launch a full-fledged Apple TV, but the premise is to create a better set-top box which is able to receive television programs and have basic control functions.

2. To live in peace with competitors

The 2012 is an unrest year for Apple, while the 2013 will be the year of peace, which we have seen between Apple and HTC. Then, such peace, of course, can also be implemented in Apple and other competitors (especially Samsung and Google).

3. “IRadio” streaming music service launched

It has been years since the rumor that Apple will launch iRadio streaming music services, but there has been no more information. At the same time, competitors such as Spotify and Rdio have already significantly been ahead in the field.

Apple products have been to act as a platform in the past few years to allow many companies sell their application. BUt Apple slowly increase more functionality for iTunes through iCloud.

Sources told CNET, Apple with three major record companies trading negotiations still “nowhere near enough.” However, this does not rule out the possibility that Apple use its huge cash reserves in the next year, the possibility of completing the transaction.

4. Apple map improvement

In 2012, the launch of the Apple Maps application and mistakes bring great embarrassment to Apple. In 2013, Apple map must have some improvements, but please do not expect it to completely change overnight.

5. Siri mature

It has been more than a year since Apple introduced Siri. But Apple still has some tough work to do about Siri. In IOS6 system, Apple has added some new tricks to Siri. Next, Apple will greatly enhance the speed of Siri, and integrates more third-party applications and services. In addition, there are indications that Apple will have more products equipped with Siri, such as Mac and Apple TV.

Dec 132012
 

The news from the Wall Street Journal, Apple is currently testing the Apple TV set design. The company has Apple TV “Hockey puck” device, which allows the content of iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer displayed on the screen in the home, and there are a wide variety of services.

It seems to get closer and closer, “although it is not an official product, it’s in the early stages of the test.” According to insiders, Foxconn invested and portfolio Sharp big screen factory in Japan SAKAI city.

Sharp factories is mainly for the 60 inches or more large screen size manufacturing, Foxconn investson it and gives half of the orders for large-size screen support. For example, Foxconn has assembled Vizio 60-inch big screens, so they also have a TV production experience, and we all know it has been in production of iPhone smartphone and iPad tablet computer, so at this point, Apple is likely to have Foxconn to produce Apple TV.

It is reported that a few years ago Apple has been doing tests on TV products, but rumors and pressure did not as ferocious as this time, the authenticity of the message still needs to be examined further, but we expect to see the birth of the Apple TV .

Dec 052012
 

The U.S. investment firm analyst Shaw Wu said in a report, the Apple iPhone 5 production has been improved, and it is expected in the holiday shopping season when Apple’s current fiscal quarter, iPhone sales is likely to exceed the Wall Street analysts’ expectations.

Shaw Wu released the latest research report and said: “In Apple current quarter ended December, iPhone sales is likely to exceed Wall Street analysts expectations which seem a little radical, that is, about 45 million and 46 million units.” In other words, he expects Apple’s iPhone sales in the current quarter will be over 46 million units.

Industry has pointed out, this is a major trend that needs to focus on. Just in the last month, investors were worried that Apple could not produce enough iPhone to meet market demand. Now it seems this “wrinkles” have been “ironed”.

Shaw Wu also expects Apple’s Mac sales will be less than what Wall Street analysts have expected, due to the factors of constrained supply. In addition, the IPad mini sales performance will also not be as desired, the same reason as Mac. In other words, the reason why Shaw Wu raised Apple expected performance is that the iPhone will have a strong sales performance. He expects Apple’s current quarter revenueis $54.6 billion and earnings per share of $13.70, which is higher than Wall Street analysts expected average revenue of $54.4 billion and earnings per share of $13.30.

Nov 292012
 

Chinese Taiwan technology site DigiTimes reported on Wednesday that Apple iPad mini and iMac sales this year may be lower than the initial target, due to the impact of the parts supply shortage problem.

Sources familiar with the matter revealled, Apple iPad mini display panel makers output is low, and the backlight module manufacturers are facing with the predicament of limited supply, these two issues will impact on this year’s iPad mini sales.

The source said that AU Optronics and LG are providing display panel for iPad mini, but the former has suffered production problem, which caused its shipping percentage dropped to about 22% from the original target of 40%. Earlier there were reports said, the Apple’s current quarter’s iPad mini sales target is 10 million units, but because of the AU Optronics production standstill sake, it’s expected its sales will reach 600 million units as much as possible.

At the same time, the production of the new iMac also suffered a delay. LG is responsible for the production of display panel for the new iMac, but the company had to create a new manufacturing process for large-scale production of such component. Sources said that LG can only provide a limited number of component, which will lead to the sales of the iMac blocked. The 21.5-inch new iMac will be listed this week, and the 27-inch iMac will begin shipping in December.

The sales of iPad mini and iMac should increase early next year, when suppliers will produce more parts for these new devices, thereby increasing their own revenue. At the same time, the suppliers parts output should be able to improve to help Apple complete the sales target in the first quarter of next year. But in 2013 there may be other supply problem, which will focus on the chip. It’s reported that Samsung is clearly unwilling to provide chips for Apple iPad and iPhone, so TSMC will face the pressure of increasing capacity.

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 232012
 

IBM’s research institutions IBM Benchmark released a report on Thursday, said the U.S. Christmas shopping boom started on Thursday, ended at noon that day, the online sales increased by 14.3%, on average, each order was valued at$ 132.57. Up to three p.m., IBM released a new report, the U.S. Thanksgiving e-commerce retail sales grew by 16.4% compared with 2011, other indicators had also improved.

Research firm comScore expected on Wednesday, during the Christmas shopping season this year, the nation’s e-commerce sales will reach $42 billion, a year-on-year growth of 14%.

IBM data showed that as of Thursday noon, the e-commerce sales in the United States grew by 14.3%, the average value of an order is $132.57. Users who used mobile devices to access retail sites accounted for 26.5%, while it was just 15.8% in 2011. Mobile device users visited an average of 7.13 pages.

Insiders said that the reason why the proportion of mobile users increased is that it will not destroy the atmosphere of reunion to shop via mobile devices at Thanksgiving family reunion moment.

The IBM data showed, the Apple iPhone is the most popular online shopping facilities, it promoted the growth of online retail traffic and it accounted for 9.6% of the online retail traffic. Second it’s iPad with a traffic share of 9.3%, while all Android devices traffic share is 7.3%.

Users not only browsed merchandise through mobile devices, the proportion of goods purchased via mobile devices is also up to 14.1%, four percentage points higher than 2011. In contrast, the so-called “social shopping” (shopping through social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest recommended) only accounted 0.2% of the overall online shopping sales.

Industry sources sais that two reasons may lead to this situation: First, the user is not yet accustomed to this form, second this e-commerce is still in its infancy. Most stores are out of business on Thanksgiving Day, so the e-commerce is relatively active.

Nov 202012
 

According to media reports, earlier this month eBay launched a new block on its website to sell Apple Certified refurbished products, including a large number of iPad, MacBook and iPod touch.

The latest launched Apple Certified refurbished products currently listed on eBay include: MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad and iPod touch. According to eBay, every product has has quality inspection same with Apple’s own online store sales of refurbished products, and the warranty is one year. In addition, all iPad and iPod are equipped with a brand new battery.

For example, an Apple Certified third generation version WiFi iPad (32GB) sales price is $469 on the eBay Apple Certified refurbished products site. And a 15 inches MacBook Pro with 2.4GHz processor, 4GB RAM and 750G hard disk sales price is $1699.

EBay recently cooperated with AppleInsider and developed an apple product auction network application, to provide the reader with a smooth apple products auction site view, the readers can also filter products with the provided advanced control function according to the model, production year, prices and other parameters.

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.